2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft: First-round complete results tracker
The Tigers selected Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with the No. 1 selection
- by Mike Axisa
- Jun 4, 2018 at 10:05 pm ET • 11 min read
Major League Baseball’s annual amateur draft has arrived.
The three-day event began Monday night with a live MLB Network broadcast that covered the first round, supplemental first round, competitive balance round A, second round, competitive balance round B, and the supplemental second round. Here is the full 2018 draft order .
The Detroit Tigers, thanks to Pablo Sandoval’s walk-off home run on the final day of the 2017 season , held the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. The Tigers and San Francisco Giants finished with identical 64-98 records last year, but because the Tigers had the worse record in 2016, they received the No. 1 pick. Had Sandoval not hit the walk-off, the Giants would’ve gone 63-99 and had the No. 1 pick this year.
This was the second time in history that the Tigers held the No. 1 draft pick. They selected Rice closer Matt Anderson with the No. 1 pick in 1997. That pick did not work out as hoped even though Anderson spent parts of seven seasons in the big leagues. On Monday, the Tigers selected Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with the first overall selection . Mize is the first college righty taken with the No. 1 pick since the Houston Astros took Mark Appel in 2013.
The entire MLB draft covers 40 rounds — it used to be 100 rounds way back in the day — and it’s important to note that every team had a first round pick this year. Free agent compensation rules were changed with the latest collective bargaining agreement. Every team keeps their first round pick now.
We here at CBS Sports provided instant analysis of all 30 first round picks Monday night, live as the selections are announced. Here is a breakdown of all 30 first round picks in the 2018 draft.