Ian Desmond was the last of the 20 free agents issued a qualifying offer to sign a contract, so with the compensation picks all settled, the selection order for first round of the 2016 amateur draft has now been finalized. Eleven of those QO free agents joined new teams, leading to quite a bit of shuffling from the original draft order set at the end of the regular season. MLB.com has the full order of all 40 rounds, and here is how the first round shakes out:
10. White Sox
12. Red Sox
21. Blue Jays
COMPENSATION ROUND (bonus picks given to teams who issued qualifying offers to players who signed elsewhere; picks are allotted in inverse order of 2015 record)
24. Padres (for Justin Upton signing with the Tigers)
25. Padres (for Ian Kennedy signing with the Royals)
26. White Sox (for Jeff Samardzija signing with the Giants)
27. Orioles (for Wei-Yin Chen signing with the Marlins)
28. Nationals (for Jordan Zimmermann signing with the Tigers)
29. Nationals (for Ian Desmond signing with the Rangers)
30. Rangers (for Yovani Gallardo signing with the Orioles)
31. Mets (for Daniel Murphy signing with the Nationals)
32. Dodgers (for Zack Greinke signing with the Diamondbacks)
33. Cardinals (for John Lackey signing with the Cubs)
34. Cardinals (for Jason Heyward signing with the Cubs)
The compensation round is followed by the Competitive Balance A-Round, which isn’t yet set in stone since these picks can be traded. The Dodgers weren’t part of the competitive balance lottery but they’re guaranteed the 36th overall pick for failing to sign Kyle Funkhouser with the 35th pick of last year’s draft. Right now, the 35-41 picks are respectively owned by the Reds, Dodgers, A’s, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Braves and Pirates.
From the original draft order, the Diamondbacks (13th overall pick), Orioles (15), Nationals (18), Giants (19), Rangers (23), Royals (27) and Cubs (28) all surrendered their first-rounders to sign a free agent, though some of these teams recouped picks when their own QO free agents signed elsewhere. The Rangers, for instance, were undoubtedly more open to signing Desmond and giving up what was at the time the 19th overall pick since they already knew they had pick from Gallardo coming 11 slots later down the draft board.
Baltimore gave up the 14th overall pick for Gallardo, though the O’s also had an extra pick coming their way for Chen. They also could’ve been emboldened by their deep draft class overall — the Orioles have five picks in the #27-91 range of the draft, thanks to the Chen pick, their two regular selections, a Competitive Balance B-Round pick and the 69th overall pick as compensation for failing to sign Jonathan Hughes last year. The Orioles could’ve potentially had two more picks to add to this bounty via the QO, though they re-signed Chris Davis and Matt Wieters actually accepted his qualifying offer.
The Padres stand out as the most obvious beneficiaries of this year’s qualifying offer class. San Diego now owns three of the top 25 selections and (counting its top pick in the Competitive Balance B class), five of the top 71 picks. It represents a great opportunity for the Padres to reload their farm system after dealing so many prospects in the 2014-15 offseason. The Pads top pick was protected, so an argument could be made that the club surrendered a lower selection to land a QO player of their own, though it’s maybe not a surprise that San Diego showed caution after last winter’s buying spree didn’t result in much success on the field.
Of the teams with protected top-10 picks, only Detroit and Miami signed qualifying offer free agents. They had to give up second-rounders for signing Zimmermann and Chen, while the Tigers also had to surrender their third-round pick for signing Upton.