The third day of the draft. As yesterday, I’ll defer to Eric Stephen and the mothership for the following:
The third day of the 2018 MLB Draft is by far the busiest, with 900 total picks over the final 30 rounds all day Wednesday. Things get started at 9 a.m. Arizona time, but there will be no television. Instead, the coverage is all online through MLB.com. After four minutes in between picks in the first round and one minute between picks through round 10, on Wednesday there is no time in between picks, making for a more frenetic pace on Day 3. As a reminder that all draft picks matter, and not just those on the first day or two, Albert Pujols was drafted in the 13th round in 1999 by the St. Louis Cardinals. There were 401 players picked before Pujols that draft.
Another thing to note is the draft bonus pools, which are derived from the allotted slot values from every pick through the first 10 rounds, come into play on Wednesday as well. The Kansas City Royals have the most to spend at nearly $12.8 million, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have the least at just shy of $5.3 million. Not only do bonuses in the first 10 rounds count against the bonus pool, but also any bonus amount over $125,000 for picks in the 11th round or later. For example, should a team’s 12th-round pick sign for a $500,000, that would count for $375,000 against that club’s bonus pool.
MLB Draft Wednesday schedule and streaming info
- Rounds: 11-40
- Time: 9 am Arizona time
- TV: none
- Online streaming: MLB.com