With six games to play, the Royals sit at 68-88. A September surge has moved the Royals out of the #3 range for next year's MLB Draft, and into the 5-10 neighborhood. Currently, there are slated to draft sixth.
Here are the current draft standings:
- Astros (53-102)
- Twins (59-95)
- Orioles (65-90)
- Mariners (66-89)
- Pirates (69-87)
- Royals (68-88)
- Cubs (69-87)
- Padres (68-88)
- A's (69-86)
- Rockies (70-85)
You can see how the Pirates, Royals, Cubs and Padres are all extremely close. In case of a tie, the team that was worse the year before gets the spot.
As stated before, there's no right or wrong answer here. If you want to root for the Royals to win their final six games, go for it. If you want them to lose the final six, fine. If you want to hedge, that works.
While it is a safe position to be agnostic about the MLB draft, there is a difference between drafting, say, #3 versus #8. It might not work out that way in 2012, but statistically, the higher the draft pick, the better a chance the player has of working out.