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The Royals will have the #4 pick in the 2020 MLB draft

Losing has its benefits.

2018 Major League Baseball Draft

The Royals lost over 100 games for the second consecutive season, but all that losing has a silver lining. By finishing 59-103, the Royals had the fourth-worst record in baseball, and thus will have the fourth pick in next June’s draft. The Tigers, Marlins, and Orioles all lost over 100 games as well. It is just the second time ever that as many as four teams have lost 100+ games in a single season, the other coming in 2002.

The Detroit Tigers, who lost 114 games, will have the first-overall pick for the second time in three years, having chosen Auburn pitcher Casey Mize first overall in 2018. The Orioles will pick second, followed by the Marlins and Royals. The Blue Jays will pick in the top five for the first time since they selected outfielder Vernon Wells fifth in 1997. The Mariners, Pirates, Padres, Rockies, and Angels fill out the top ten. You can see the complete draft order here. Teams will no longer forfeit first round picks for signing free agents, they can only be moved back ten spots if they exceed the luxury tax threshold by $40 million.

Some past #4 overall picks include Thurman Munson, Darrell Porter, Dave Winfield, Barry Larkin, Kevin Brown, Kerry Wood, Ryan Zimmerman, Kyle Schwarber, and Brendan McKay.

Top five picks in Royals history

Year Overall Player Career WAR
Year Overall Player Career WAR
2006 1st P Luke Hochevar 3.5
2005 2nd 3B Alex Gordon 36.4
2007 2nd SS Mike Moustakas 17.1
2019 2nd SS Bobby Witt, Jr. Just started
2008 3rd 1B Eric Hosmer 15.3
1998 4th P Jeff Austin -0.7
2000 4th P Mike Stodolka Never reached MLB
2010 4th SS Christian Colon 1.9
1971 5th P Roy Branch -0.3
1993 5th P Jeff Granger -0.3
2003 5th OF Chris Lubanski Never reached MLB
2011 5th OF Bubba Starling -0.8
2012 5th P Kyle Zimmer -0.7

The 2020 MLB draft class is considered to be a very strong crop, “particularly deep in college arms, including a couple of intriguing draft-eligible sophomores” according to David Schoenfield of ESPN. Some of the top names include Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson, Georgia pitchers Emerson Hancock and Cole Wilcox, Mississippi State pitcher J.T. Ginn, Vanderbilt third baseman Austin Martin, and Arkansas shortstop Casey Martin. You can see a mock draft from Jim Callis of from back in June.