Explaining the competitive balance round
Twenty teams every year are eligible for the CBL. The 10 smallest markets (so this will never include the Diamondbacks because Phoenix is much bigger than most MLB cities) and the 10 lowest revenue clubs (this will almost always include the Diamondbacks because of the poor fan support) are entered into a lottery to win 12 picks. The first six picks are Round A and the second six are Round B. In the NFL they're called "sandwich picks" because they're between rounds. In MLB, Round A is right after the second round of the regular June draft (officially called the Rule IV draft) and Round B is right after the third round. In the 2013 lottery for the 2014 draft, San Diego won the first pick of Round B and the Diamondbacks have the second pick right after them.
Now the Diamondbacks have the Padres' pick, giving them four of the first 70 picks.
Doug Franz, Co-host of Doug & Wolf
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President and CEO - Thursday March 6How is the battle at shortstop going for the D-backs?
- Kevin Towers, D-backs GM - Wednesday March 5How important is it for professional athletes to have good character?
- Alan Trammell, D-backs bench coach - Tuesday March 4D-backs bench coach Alan Trammell discusses Archie Bradley's impressive Cactus League debut.
- Archie Bradley, Diamondbacks pitcher - Tuesday March 4Archie Bradley discusses his first Cactus League start against the Rockies.
- Richard Justice, MLB.com correspondent - Tuesday March 4Is baseball held to a higher standard than other sports?
- Brad Ziegler, D-backs relief pitcher - Monday March 3D-backs relief pitcher Brad Ziegler discusses the upcoming season.
- Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com baseball writer - Monday March 3Jerry Crasnick previews the 2014 NL West.