January 30, 2023

Pittsburgh Pirates win MLB’s draft lottery to earn the first pick of eligible amateur players, while the Washington Nationals will select second after finishing last season with the worst record in the majors

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates won baseball’s first lottery on Tuesday night
  • The franchise now has the first pick of eligible amateur players in July
  • This will be the sixth time Pittsburgh chooses the first and second in three years
  • Nationals, Athletics and Pirates entered the lottery with the best chance of number 1
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The Pittsburgh Pirates won baseball’s first lottery on Tuesday night and will receive the first roster of eligible amateur players in July.

The Washington Nationals will be second after finishing last season with the worst record in the majors at 55-107. The Detroit Tigers pick third.

The Minnesota Twins were also big winners, rising from 13th in the pre-draft order based on their 2022 record to fifth when the ping pong balls were picked at baseball’s winter meetings.

The Pittsburgh Pirates won baseball's first lottery on Tuesday (photo by Bryan Reynolds)

The Pittsburgh Pirates won baseball’s first lottery on Tuesday (photo by Bryan Reynolds)

The Pirates get first pick of eligible amateur players (above manager Derek Shelton) in July

The Pirates get first pick of eligible amateur players (above manager Derek Shelton) in July

Oakland was a major loser, falling from the second worst record to the No. 6 draft pick.

DESIGN LOTTERY RESULTS

1. Pittsburgh Pirates

2. Washington Nationals

3. Detroit Tigers

4. Texas Rangers

5. Minnesota Twins

6. Oakland As

7. Cincinnati Red

8. Kansas City Royals

9. Rocky Mountains in Colorado

10. Miami Marlins

11. Los Angeles Angels

12.Arizona Diamondbacks

13. Chicago Cubs

14. Boston Red Sox

15.Chicago White Sox

16. San Francisco Giants

17.Baltimore Orioles

18. Milwaukee Brewers

The Nationals, Athletics and Pirates entered the lottery with the best chance of the No. 1 pick with 16.5 percent for each team.

It will be the sixth time in three years that the Pirates pick first and second. They got Louisville catcher Henry Davis with the top pick in 2021.

LSU outfielder Dylan Crews, Tennessee right-hander Chase Dollander and Mississippi shortstop Jacob Gonzalez are among the top prospects for the 2023 draft, along with preparatory outfielders Max Clark and Walker Jenkins.

The lottery was instituted this year as part of Major League Baseball’s employment agreement with the players’ association in March, a measure designed to discourage tanking for top picks among struggling teams.

All 18 clubs that failed to make it to the 2022 post-season were part of the lottery and eligible to win the No. 1 spot.

After the Nationals, A’s and Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds had the second best chance of winning at 13.2 percent. They choose the seventh.

Pittsburgh and Cincinnati had the third worst record in the majors this year at 62-100, but the Pirates landed in the top odds because they had a worse record than the Reds in 2021.

Kansas City, which had a 10 percent chance of the best choice, chooses eighth place. Detroit came in with the sixth best odds of winning at 7.5 percent and jumped to the No. 3 pick.

After the top six, the remaining teams will make their rosters in reverse order of their winning percentage for 2022.

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