USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale breaks down the MLB biggest surprises before the trade deadline.
The 2019 Major League Baseball draft begins Monday, with the Baltimore Orioles making the first selection and 78 picks being made in total on Day 1.
Baltimore has the top pick for the first time in 30 years, by virtue of having the league’s worst record in 2018. While the Arizona Diamondbacks don’t pick until No. 16, keep an eye on their choices, as they have four picks in the top 34 and a league-high seven total picks on Day 1.
The most recent No. 1 overall pick to become an All-Star was Carlos Correa, who the Astros selected to begin the 2012 draft.
Baltimore has the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft. (Photo: Eric Bolte, USA TODAY Sports)
Here’s the full list of selections from the draft’s first night:
- Baltimore Orioles: C Adley Rutschman – Oregon State
- Kansas City Royals: SS Bobby Witt Jr. – Colleyville (Texas) Heritage HS
- Chicago White Sox: 1B Andrew Vaughn – University of California
- Miami Marlins: OF J.J. Bleday – Vanderbilt
- Detroit Tigers: OF Riley Greene – Hagerty (Fla.) HS
- San Diego Padres: SS CJ Abrams – Blessed Trinity Catholic (Ga.)…