Royals earn first pick in new Draft Lottery

Royals earn first pick in new Draft Lottery

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals were big winners in Major League Baseball's first Competitive Balance Lottery, earning the first pick immediately following the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Results of the lottery, which was agreed upon as part of the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement, were announced Wednesday afternoon. The lottery was designed to give small-market and small-revenue teams additional Draft picks.

The 10 teams with the lowest revenues and the 10 teams in the smallest markets were eligible for the lottery, with odds of victory based on last season's winning percentage.

The Royals won the first pick in competitive balance Round A, which immediately follows the first round. Selecting after Kansas City in Round A will be the Pirates, D-backs, Orioles, Reds and Marlins. The Padres, Indians, Rockies, A's, Brewers and Tigers will select in competitive balance Round B, which immediately follows the second round.