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2018 MLB Draft: How to watch

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It is MLB Draft Day. It is one of the best times of the year, for those of us that like to dream on the future, or second guess.

Today we get rounds one and two, along with the Competitive Balance and Compensation picks. The Blue Jays have pick number 12 and then pick number 52 today. Then we get the 12th pick of each round beyond that. I have little idea who the Jays are likely to pick. SB Nation had a mock draft and I used the 12th pick to get LHP Shane McClanahan from South Florida, figuring the Jays would be looking a college player and a preferably a pitcher. But I’m doubting it all plays out that way.

  • Here’s a link to the draft order for this year.
  • Draft coverage begins at 6 PM on MLB Network, and the draft itself starts at 7 PM Eastern time. You can also follow online at
  • Only the first round and the first Competitive Balance round are televised; the second round and the second CB round will only be on
  • Day Two of the draft, Rounds 3-10, are only on; the preview show starts at 12:30 PM ET and the draft itself at 1:00 PM ET.
  • Day Three of the draft, Rounds 11-on, are only on, and the draft begins at 12 PM ET.

The Jays have $7,982,100 to spend on their picks. Teams can spend up to 5% beyond their pool while only paying a 75% tax on the overage (no team has gone beyond 5% over in the six drafts since this system was put in place with the 2012-16 Collective Bargaining Agreement). That would give the Jays another $399,105 to spend and bring their total spend without draconian penalties to $8,381,205.

The above draft pool also doesn’t count the portion of any bonus under $125,000 awarded to players chosen after the 10th round (anything above $125,000 counts towards the pool total).

If you’re following via Twitter, @MLBDraftTracker will list all the picks.

And, of course, we’ll have Draft threads here so we can discuss the picks as they happen. And Matt has previewed the draft extensively.