Supplemental Round Picks Set For 2023 MLB Draft

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MLB announced supplemental round selections for the 2023 draft Thursday evening, which adds clarity to the bonus rounds on either side of the second round—though the top of the draft won’t be settled until the first ever draft lottery at the Winter Meetings next Tuesday.

The picks—which MLB officially refers to as competitive balance picks—were implemented during the bonus pool era in 2012 and the process for awarding those picks was tweaked during the 2017 CBA. Teams with the 10 lowest revenues or those in the 10 lowest markets are eligible for supplemental round picks and unlike other draft selections—these are eligible to be traded.

The 2023 supplemental round pick order is as follows:

First Supplemental Round:

  1. Mariners
  2. Rays
  3. Brewers
  4. Twins
  5. Marlins
  6. Tigers
  7. Reds
  8. A’s

Second Supplemental Round:

  1. Guardians
  2. Orioles
  3. D-backs
  4. Rockies
  5. Royals
  6. Pirates

Two notable teams without supplemental picks in the 2023 draft are the Cardinals and the Padres. Both teams received supplemental selections in recent years. The Cardinals selected OF Ryan Holgate with a second supplemental round pick (No. 70) in 2021 and RHP Tink Hence with a second supplemental round pick (No. 63) in 2020.

The Padres selected LHP Robby Snelling with a first supplemental round pick (No. 39) in 2022, selected LHP Robert Gasser with a second supplemental round pick (No. 71) in 2021 and selected RHP Justin Lange with a first supplemental round pick (No. 34) in 2020.

Neither club will pick in the supplemental round in the 2023 draft, unless they trade for one. 

The Mariners and A’s were not awarded supplemental selections in either the 2020 or 2021 drafts, but have now been awarded picks in back-to-back years. In the 2022 draft, the A’s selected OF Clark Elliott in the second supplemental round (No. 69) and the Mariners selected RHP Walter Ford a few picks later (No. 74) in the same round. 

The Mariners did pick in the second supplemental round during 2020—they took RHP Connor Phillips with the No. 64 overall pick—but did so after trading C Omar Narvaez to the Brewers for RHP Adam Hill and the second supplemental round pick. 

The Braves, Orioles and Rays each traded for supplemental picks in the 2022 draft—Atlanta took RHP JR Ritchie in the first supplemental round (No. 35), Baltimore took OF Jud Fabian in the second supplemental round (No. 67) and Tampa Bay took OF Ryan Cermak in the second supplemental round (No. 71). The Rays used their own second supplemental round selection to select SS Chandler Simpson at pick No. 70. 

The Braves acquired the 35th pick from the Royals by sending OF Drew Waters, RHP Andrew Hoffmann and 3B CJ Alexander to Kansas City. The Orioles acquired the 67th pick, LHP Antonio Velez, OF Kevin Guerrero and a player to be named later that turned out to be RHP Yaqui Rivera from the Marlins in exchange for LHP Tanner Scott and RHP Cole Sulser. The Rays acquired the 71st pick and Isaac Parades from the Tigers in a trade that sent Austin Meadows to Detroit. 


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