Abreu a Brawler? Satellite Beach earns top pick

Satellite Beach was the big winner and Superior the surprise winner in the I-75 League Draft Lottery that sets the order for our 2015 Draft.

Next up: Fielding ratings will be released Dec. 11; retention lists are due to be submitted by 10 p.m. ET Dec. 14.

The Brawlers, with the best chances (27%) of earning the first pick, did so with the automated selection using DraftLotto.com, thus putting themselves in position to draft heavy favorite Jose Abreu with the first pick — although manager Steve Nieroda immediately announced he would field inquiries for the pick.

Then came the surprise, as Superior, with only six balls (out of a remaining 120 in the bin, for a 5% chance) rolled the equivalent of a HR 1, flyout 2-20 and landed the second overall pick, where an ace pitcher such as Jake Arrieta could await. Then Hickory, with the best remaining odds in the bin at 36 / 114 (32%), landed the third pick. Starting pitcher stalwarts such as Masahiro Tanaka, Collin McHugh or Carlos Carrasco could be had with that selection, or a slugger like J.D. Martinez, or a prospect like Gregory Polanco.

According to league bylaws, after the first three picks, selections 4-9 revert to best winning percentage among non-playoff teams. That is followed by picks 10-15, featuring playoff teams in reverse order of winning percentage.

That makes the first-round draft order this: Continue reading