2004 Major League Draft Order
Twins gain four extra picks
By Allan Simpson
The Twins will be the biggest beneficiaries of draft compensation in 2004, with five picks before the start of the second round. Besides their own selection, 20th overall, the Twins get four additional picks for losing lefthander Eddie Guardado (Mariners) and LaTroy Hawkins (Cubs) through free agency.
Minnesota gets the first-round picks of the Mariners (22nd) and Cubs (25th), as well as two supplemental picks after the first round.
The order of selection for this year's draft includes 11 compensation picks, all for Type A free agents lost after the 2003 season. The Athletics, White Sox and Yankees also will get two supplemental picks.
Teams receive compensation in the form of draft picks based on the free agents they lose, according to the rating system established by Elias Sports Bureau: a Type A free agent ranked among the top 30 percent of major leaguers at his position, a Type B free agent ranked among the top half (but not the top 30 percent) of major leaguers at his position, and a Type C free agent ranked among the next 10 percent of major leaguers at his position.
A team that loses a Type A free agent gets the first-round pick of the team that signs the free agent and a supplemental pick after the first round. A team that loses a Type B free agent receives only the signing team's top pick.
In both cases, a team selecting in the first half of the draft rotation cannot lose its first-round pick. Such a team would instead lose its second-round pick. The Yankees, for instance, are due compensation from the Padres for David Wells, but they'll get San Diego's second-round pick because the Padres pick first overall.
2004 Draft Order