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MLB Draft 2018: Schedule, Start Times, Live Stream, TV Channel

The MLB draft is perhaps the most unique draft in all of pro sports.

Unlike the NFL or NBA draft, these draftees may not see a major league field for numerous years, if ever.

Because of that, MLB teams don’t really draft for need most of the time and simply focus on finding the best players available.

The first day of the 2018 MLB draft will take place on June 4, with 43 selections on the first day, including compensatory picks and Round A competitive balance picks.

There was some big news ahead of the event, though.

On Monday, potential first-round draft pick Michael Vasil, out of Boston College High in Massachusetts, announced that he had withdrawn from the draft to attend the University of Virginia:

Key Event Information

Where: MLB Network Headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey

Schedule: June 4 (Rounds 1-2; 7 p.m. ET); June 5 (Rounds 3-10; 1 p.m. ET); June 6 (Rounds 11-40; 12 p.m. ET)

Watch: MLB Network (Round 1)

Live Stream: MLB (All Rounds)

Round 1 Mock Draft

1. Detroit Tigers: Casey Mize, RHP Auburn
2. San Francisco Giants: Nick Madrigal, 2B, Oregon State
3. Philadelphia Phillies: Joey Bart, C, Georgia
4. Chicago White Sox: Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State
5. Cincinnati Reds: Brady Singer, RHP, Florida
6. New York Mets: Jonathan India, 3B, Florida
7. San Diego Padres: Shane McClanahan, LHP, South Florida
8. Atlanta Braves: Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Mountain Ridge HS (AZ)
9. Oakland Athletics: Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, Central Heights HS (TX)
10. Pittsburgh Pirates: Nolan Gorman, 3B, O’Connor HS (AZ)
11. Baltimore Orioles: Cole Winn, RHP, Lutheran HS (CA)
12. Toronto Blue Jays: Jarred Kelenic, OF, Waukesha West HS (WI)
13. Miami Marlins: Travis Swaggerty, OF, South Alabama
14. Seattle Mariners: Carter Stewart, RHP, Eau Gallie HS (FL)
15. Texas Rangers: Triston Casas, 1B, American Heritage School (FL)
16. Tampa Bay Rays: Jordyn Adams, OF, Green Hope HS (NC)
17. Los Angeles Angels: Ryan Rolison, LHP, Ole Miss
18. Kansas City Royals: Ryan Weathers, LHP, Loretto HS (TN)
19. St. Louis Cardinals: Connor Scott, OF, Plant HS (FL)
20. Minnesota Twins: Logan Gilbert, RHP, Stetson
21. Milwaukee Brewers: Anthony Seigler, C, Cartersville HS (GA)
22. Colorado Rockies: Jackson Kowar, RHP, Florida
23. New York Yankees: Trevor Larnach, OF, Oregon State
24. Chicago Cubs: Brice Turang, SS, Santiago HS (CA)
25. Arizona Diamondbacks: Noah Naylor, C, St. Joan of Arc HS (Ont.)
26. Boston Red Sox: Steele Walker, OF, Oklahoma
27. Washington Nationals: Alek Thomas, OF, Mount Carmel HS (IL)
28. Houston Astros: Ethan Hankins, RHP, Forsythe Central HS (GA)
29. Cleveland Indians: Seth Beer, 1B, Clemson
30. Los Angeles Dodgers: Nick Schnell, OF, Roncalli HS (IN)
31. Tampa Bay Rays*: Kumar Rocker, RHP, North Oconee HS (GA)
32. Tampa Bay Rays*: Jordan Groshans, 3B, Magnolia HS (TX)
33. Kansas City Royals*: Cole Wilcox, RHP, Heritage HS (GA)
34. Kansas City Royals*: Sean Hjelle, RHP, Kentucky
35. Cleveland Indians*: Jameson Hannah, OF, Dallas Baptist
36. Pittsburgh Pirates: Blaine Knight, RHP, Arkansas
37. Baltimore Orioles: Mason Denaburg, C, Merritt Island HS (FL)
38. San Diego Padres: Will Banfield, C, Brookwood HS (GA)
39. Arizona Diamondbacks: Adam Kloffenstein, RHP, Magnolia HS (TX)
40. Kansas City Royals: Tim Cate, LHP, UConn
41. Cleveland Indians: Tristan Beck, RHP, Stanford
42. Colorado Rockies: Greyson Jenista, 1B, Wichita State
43. St. Louis Cardinals: Tristan Pompey, OF, Kentucky

*: compensatory selection

Picks 36-43 are part of the “Round A” competitive balance system.

Breaking Down Top Picks

1. Detroit Tigers: Casey Mize, RHP Auburn

While he may not be the consensus No. 1 overall pick, it doesn’t get much better than Auburn’s Casey Mize.

Looking at his 2018 stats, what instantly sticks out is his 140:10 K/BB ratio—that’s just absurd.

Mize’s repertoire features a solid fastball, cutter, breaking ball and splitter, which the Perfect Game defined as “devastating.”

Listed at 6’3″, Mize has the potential to help the Tigers rebuild. They need to get Mize in their system so he can become the next ace pitcher to lead this franchise in the future.

2. San Fransisco Giants: Nick Madrigal, 2B, Oregon

Joey Bart and Alec Bohm are potential choices here as well, but Madrigal is perhaps the safest pure hitter in the entire draft.

The overall hype surrounding Bart and the power of Bohm give them each a ton of appeal, but the Giants need young, consistent bats to come through the system.

The Giants also don’t have much of anything coming up through the ranks in terms of second basemen, per MLB. Madrigal could be the long-term replacement for former All-Star and Golden Glove winner Joe Panik, who is a potential 2021 unrestricted free agent.

Take the safe bet here, San Fran.

3. Philadelphia Phillies: Joey Bart, C, Georgia

As mentioned above, Bart has the most catcher hype we’ve seen in a while coming into a draft class.

As Joel Reuter of Bleacher Report put it, it’s similar to that of Mike Zunino coming out in 2012, when he was selected third overall by the Seattle Mariners.

The Phillies, like most teams in the league, have minimal talent at catcher.

Out of all of the prospects in this draft, Bart will likely require the least amount of time in the minors before he moves to the major league ranks.

Bart would also be an instant middle-of-the-order bat for the Phillies, who appear to be on the upswing with a 30-22 record and just one game back in the NL East 52 games into the year.

Bart is their next Carlos Ruiz, who won a World Series with the club during his 11 years in Philadelphia.

MLB 2018 on Facebook & Twitter Ways to Watch Live stream coverage

Major League Baseball gets its second attempt to deliver an exclusive game broadcast on Facebook, with the St. Louis Cardinals hosting the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday at Busch Stadium (1:15 p.m. ET, Facebook).

MLB announced a partnership with Facebook in March, with league official Tony Petitti saying in spring training, “It is a major creative step forward in serving our diverse, passionate community of fans, who will enjoy a uniquely interactive experience watching our games on Facebook each week.”

The first attempt at that creative step was last week’s Philadelphia Phillies – New York Mets broadcast, one that was met with confusion and in some cases anger, and featured several flaws.

Our own Grant Brisbee described the interactivity of the Facebook platform as “attending a baseball game and being interrupted every single second by a waterfall of stray thoughts.”

Exclusively broadcasting a game on Facebook can be polarizing because the teams’ local television outlets are not used, much like Saturday broadcasts on Fox and ESPN’s ‘Sunday Night Baseball.’

The plan is for MLB to broadcast one game a week exclusively on Facebook, available through MLB’s live show page. This week’s contest features National League Central combatants, with the Brewers and Cardinals trying to turn things around after up-and-down starts to their season.

Twitter is back for more peanuts and Cracker Jack: The social service renewed its deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream one day game per week for the 2018 season.

Twitter doesn’t have exclusive rights to the games. Each weekly stream will be a simulcast of a participating team’s local TV broadcast. Each of the two dozen MLB matchups on Twitter will be day games. By contrast, Facebook inked a deal with MLB for exclusive global rights to 25 day games this year — which won’t be available on TV or any other platform.

Tech companies have been drawn to sports in the last two years like flies to honey, as players including Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Verizon and Google look to use premium sporting events to build audiences. In another MLB tech partnership, YouTube recently expanded its marketing deal with the league under which YouTube TV will be presenting sponsor of the World Series for 2018 and 2019.