Found July 19, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
The Pittsburgh Pirates ended up with a good result in today’s Competitive Balance Lottery. They got the second pick in Compensation Round A, which right now gives them the 33rd pick in the draft. The draft worked out well, but it could have very easily gone a different way. Like a lot of changes made by baseball, the lottery made no sense. The purpose of the lottery was to award extra picks to low revenue and small market teams. Yet two of those teams didn’t receive a pick this year due to MLB’s inexplicable system. Rather than just giving picks out to the teams that needed them, MLB created a complex lottery. The ten smallest market teams and the ten lowest revenue teams (some teams ended up on both lists), competed for 12 picks. There ended up being 13 teams. The first section had six picks, taking place after the first round, and after all of the normal first round compensation picks. The seven teams who didn’t get a pick in section A went on to section B. Those compensation pick...
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