Major League Baseball has announced that the 2015 First-Year Player Draft will begin on Monday, June 8.
The draft is moving back to a Monday, the day the draft began from 2010-2012, after being held on Thursday each of the past two years.
The order for the 2015 draft will be determined in the final month of the season, as teams have 22 to 26 games remaining.
But there are three known selections because of unsigned 2014 picks in the top three rounds that are protected for two years under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Astros will pick No. 2 overall for not coming to terms with No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken. The Nationals will select No. 58 overall in the second round for not coming to terms with Miami lefthander Andrew Suarez. The Cardinals will select No. 105 overall for not coming to terms with third-round righthander Trevor Megill.
The Texas Rangers are in position to pick No. 1 in the 2015 draft with 24 games remaining. With a 53-85 record and the worst run differential (-134) in the majors, Texas has a .384 winning percentage, with the next lowest winning percentage at .400 for the Colorado Rockies.
The Rangers have not picked in the top 10 in more than a decade, with the last time being 2003, when they selected lefthander John Danks ninth overall. The franchise has picked at the top of the draft twice. Texas picked Houston prep lefthander David Clyde in 1973 and the Washington Senators selected slugger Jeff Burroughs in 1969.
This will likely be the first time under the current CBA that a team other than the Astros picks first.
If the season ended today, the top five picks pick would be held by the Rangers (No. 1), Astros (No. 2 as compensation), Rockies (No. 3), Diamondbacks (No. 4) and Astros (No. 5).
The first day of the draft is the final day of super-regionals, so some teams could be playing in a winner-take-all game on draft day. But the subsequent days are not scheduled to have on field action at the college level. Changing the draft to Monday from Thursday means that the draft will not have super regional games played on the final two days of the draft like last year.