The Draft will take place over three days:
- Thursday, June 6: Draft Preview @ 6 PM (MLB Network), Rounds 1-2/Competitive Balance Rounds @ 7 PM (MLB Network)
- Friday, June 7: Rounds 3-10 @ 1 PM (MLB.com)
- Saturday, June 8: Rounds 11-40 @ 1 PM (MLB.com)
To start with, here's the draft order. The Indians have the #5 overall selection, but won't pick again until #79 because they gave up their second round pick and competitive balance pick when they signed Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher.
|Round||Pick||Player||Pos.||Exp.||School||Slot Value||Actual Bonus|
|1||5||Clint Frazier||OF||High School||Loganville HS, GA||$3,787,000|
I couldn't find any details about the assigned value of each pick, but I imagine that will be released as we get closer to the draft. Keep in mind that the assigned value of each pick is not important, but the total assigned value is. The Indians could for example pay their first round selection more than the assigned value and make up for it in the 8th-10th rounds by drafting college seniors.
Here's the bonus pools for the first 10 rounds. Starting last season, there is a soft bonus cap in place for the top 10 rounds. Clubs may go over the bonus cap, but the penalties for doing so are rather severe, as Jason detailed:
- A team that exceeds its budget by less than 5% is subject to a 75% tax on the overage.
- A team that exceeds its budget by 5-10% is subject to a 75% tax on the overage and the loss of their 1st round pick in the following season.
- A team that exceeds its budget by 10-15% is subject to a 100% tax on the overage and the loss of their 1st and 2nd round picks in the following season.
- A team that exceeds its budget by more than 5% is subject to a 100% tax on the overage and the loss of their 1st round pick for the following two seasons.
The Indians' pool is $6,188,800.
MLB determines each club's bonus pool by first assigning each pick a value, then totaling up all the values in the first ten rounds per club. Again, because the Indians gave up their second round pick and compensation round pick, their pool is low for a team that had the fifth-worst record in MLB last season.
In my opinion this is the best coverage out there. A good portion of the analysis is behind a paywall, however.
Minor League Ball has an entire section dedicated to the draft, complete with mock drafts and regional profiles.
Houston's SBN blog has done an outstanding job covering the MLB Draft, and has done several rankings, profile dozens of prospects, and quite a bit more.
I dislike mock drafts, especially for baseball, since drafting for current major-league or even organizational need is a fool's errand. Yes, if all things are equal, then the club will draft by need, but most of the time you should see teams drafting the best available player, or perhaps drafting according to their bonus pool strategy.
BA's top 250 prospects. Viewing the list is free, but you need to have subscription to view the scouting reports.
BA's final draft database now has 500 players and scouting reports.
Matt Garrioch's top 400 draft prospects
TCB ranks the top 10 players available in the draft, which is of interest to Indians fans since Cleveland will be picking 5th.
Jonathan Mayo's top 100 prospects
The exception to the rule, as Callis gives a rather detailed look at what each organization is thinking. He has the Indians taking college 3B Colin Moran.
Callis has the Indians selecting 3B Colin Moran in his final mock draft.
The results of the community mock draft at Minor League Ball. The Indians picked college 3B Colin Moran.
In the third round, the Indians picked college RHP Andrew Mitchell
In the fourth round, the Indians picked high school OF William Abreu
Here are the local prospects.