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

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.