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MLB Draft Commences Tonight

Cardinals Have Three 1st Round Picks

A few things to know about this year’s Major League Baseball draft:

When: Starts Thursday at 7 p.m. and continues for 40 rounds over three days, with first two rounds (and two “competitive balance rounds”) from MLB Network’s studios in Secaucus, N.J. Rounds 3-10 on Friday and rounds 11-40 on Saturday will be held via conference calls with teams.

First pick: Philadelphia Phillies have No. 1 overall pick for second time, and first since taking Miami slugger Pat Burrell in 1998.

Order: Determined by reverse order of finish in overall standings from last season. Also, teams not allowed to trade picks. The Red Sox will pick 12th in the first round.

Top prospects: New Jersey high school LHP Jason Groome, Mercer OF Kyle Lewis, California high school OF Mickey Moniak, Florida LHP A.J. Puk, Louisville OF Corey Ray and Tennessee 3B Nick Senzel.

On the clock: Teams have 4 minutes to make picks in first round, and 1 minute in first competitive balance round, second round, second competitive balance round and rounds 3-10. Rest of draft has selections without time delays.

Signing deadline: Teams must sign drafted players, other than those who were college seniors, by 5 p.m. on July 15. Players who have exhausted their college eligibility have until one week before 2017 draft to sign.

Cardinals: Select 23rd overall in the first round. They also receive compensatory picks 33 and 34 in the first round as well.

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