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2019 MLB draft: How to watch and Tampa Bay Rays info

Everything you need to know to prepare for the 2019 draft.

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On Monday, the Baltimore Orioles will be on the clock with the No. 1 pick, and the annual draft will begin.

How to watch Day 1 of the draft

When: Monday, June 3, 6 p.m. (preview show) 7 p.m. (draft)

TV: MLB Network


How to watch Day 2 of the draft

When: Tuesday, June 4, 1 p.m.


How to watch Day 3 of the draft

When: Wednesday, June 5, 12 p.m.


Day 1 will feature the top 78 picks, which include the first round and second rounds, two competitive-balance rounds, and two compensation-pick rounds. Day 2 will be rounds 3-10, and Day 3 will be the final 30 rounds.

On the first day of the draft, the Rays will be represented by B.J. Upton and scout Lou Wieben in the MLB Network studio.

The Rays will have the No. 22, 36, 40, and 61 picks on the first day. On the second day, they’ll have the No. 99 pick, No. 128 pick, and every 30th pick after that.


The DRaysBay staff covered quite a few players the team could take. Check out these previews:

College pitchers
Corner bats
High school pitchers
Up-the-middle bats

If you’re looking for industry rankings and reports on even more players, here are some additional sources:

Baseball America ($)
ESPN ($)

Who might the Rays take?

Here is some of the latest mock draft buzz:

FanGraphs: 3B Keoni Cavaco SS Gunnar Henderson
Baseball America ($): 3B Josh Jung
ESPN ($): LHP Zack Thompson

An important thing to know

The Rays can spend up to $10,333,800 on their picks. The league arrives at this number by adding up the valuations of a team’s picks in the first 10 rounds.

Players are not tied to those individual values at all, but teams cannot exceed that by a certain amount without facing financial and draft pick penalties in future drafts. Although that number only accounts for picks in the top 10 rounds, bonus money in excess of $125,000 in the final 30 rounds counts against the cap.

Trivia that is not important to know

No. 22 pick in 2018: Rockies LHP Ryan Rolison (has reached Class A-Advanced)

Top No. 22 picks

  1. Rafael Palmeiro (71.9 WAR)
  2. C Craig Biggio (65.5 WAR)
  3. SS Chet Lemon (55.6 WAR)

Other No. 22 picks

2013: RHP Hunter Harvey
2002: RHP Jeremy Guthrie
1980: OF Terry Francona

No. 36 pick in 2018: Pirates RHP Gunnar Hoglund (did not sign)

Top No. 36 picks

  1. LHP Randy Johnson (101.1 WAR)
  2. C Johnny Bench (75.2 WAR)
  3. RHP Erik Henson (22.1 WAR)

Other No. 36 picks

2011: LHP Henry Owens
2008: LHP Mike Montgomery
2003: C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

No. 40 pick in 2018: Royals LHP Kris Bubic (has rached Class A_Advanced)

Top No. 40 picks

  1. RHP Kevin Tapini (29.2 WAR)
  2. LHP Larry Gura (21.4 WAR)
  3. OF Milton Bradley (16.9 WAR)

Other No. 40 picks

2017: RHP David Mercado
2011: OF Jackie Bradley Jr.
1997: RHP Ryan Bradley

No. 61 pick in 2018 draft: Yankees C Josh Breaux (has reached Class A)

Top No. 61 picks

  1. LHP Ken Holtzman (27.3 WAR)
  2. RHP Craig Swan (12.7 WAR)
  3. LHP Joe Magrane (12 WAR)

Other No. 61 picks

2011: RF Josh Bell
2003: LHP Chuck Tiffany
2000: 3B Lance Niekro