2017 MLB Draft Thread

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The 2017 MLB Draft starts tonight at 7 PM ET. As a reward for being baseball’s worst team in 2016, the Twins have the privilege of picking first in the 2016 Draft, followed by the Reds, Padres, Rays, and Braves.

We’ll update you here as each team makes a pick.

1. Minnesota Twins

SS/OF Royce Lewis, JSerra Catholic HS

2. Cincinnati Reds

RHP Hunter Greene, Notre Dame HS

3. San Diego Padres

LHP MacKenzie Gore, Whiteville HS

4. Tampa Bay Rays

1B Brendan McKay, University of Louisville

5. Atlanta Braves

RHP Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt University

6. Oakland Athletics

OF Austin Beck, North Davidson HS

7. Arizona Diamondbacks

1B Pavin Smith, University of Virginia

8. Philadelphia Phillies

OF Adam Haseley, University of Virginia

9. Milwaukee Brewers

2B Keston Hiura, University of California-Irvine

10. Los Angeles Angels

OF Jordon Adell, Ballard HS

11. Chicago White Sox

3B Jake Burger, Missouri State University

12. Pittsburgh Pirates

RHP Shane Baz, Concordia Lutheran HS

13. Miami Marlins

LHP Trevor Rogers, Carlsbad HS

14. Kansas City Royals

1B Nick Pratto, Huntington Beach HS

15. Houston Astros

RHP J.B. Bukauskas, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

16. New York Yankees

RHP Clarke Schmidt, University of South Carolina

17. Seattle Mariners

1B Evan White, University of Kentucky

18. Detroit Tigers

RHP Alex Faedo, University of Florida

19. San Francisco Giants

OF Heliot Ramos, Leadership Christian Academy

20. New York Mets

LHP David Peterson, University of Oregon

21. Baltimore Orioles

LHP D.L. Hall, Valdosta HS

22. Toronto Blue Jays

SS Logan Warmoth, University of North Carolina

23. Los Angeles Dodgers

OF Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt University

24. Boston Red Sox

RHP Tanner Houck, University of Missouri

25. Washington Nationals

LHP Seth Romero, University of Houston

26. Texas Rangers

OF Bubba Thompson, McGill-Toolen HS

27. Chicago Cubs

LHP Brendan Little, State College of Florida Manatee – Sarasota

28. Toronto Blue Jays (Compensation for Edwin Encarnacion/CLE)

RHP Nate Pearson, College of Central Florida

29. Texas Rangers (Compensation for Ian Desmond/COL)

SS Christopher Seise, West Orange HS

30. Chicago Cubs (Compensation for Dexter Fowler/STL)

RHP Alex Lange, Louisiana State University

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

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The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.

Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ruling that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law

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The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.

In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.

The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.

This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.