Milwaukee Brewers Get Competitive Balance Pick In 2015

The Milwaukee Brewers will receive a competitive balance draft pick in 2015 after Major League Baseball held its competitive balance lottery on Wednesday.

MLB Pipeline released the results of the picks, split into Rounds A and B. Milwaukee’s pick is the fourth selection in Round A, coming after the first round is complete.

Per MLB.com, the competitive balance lottery began when the terms of the current collective bargaining agreement went into place in December 2011 and gives teams that are in one of the 10 smallest markets or have one of the 10 smallest revenue pools a chance to win extra draft picks.

There were 15 teams eligible in this year’s drawing, with the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners eligible only for a Round B selection based on having received revenue sharing money.

The three teams not picked for extra draft choices were the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals.

The competitive balance round picks are the only picks in Major League Baseball that can be traded, with the caveat that a pick may only be traded once and there can be no cash changing hands in the transaction.

The Brewers selected outfielder Tyrone Taylor out of Torrance (Calif.) High School with a competitive balance Round B selection in 2012, took shortstop Tucker Neuhaus out of Wharton High School in Tampa, Fla., with a Round B selection in 2013 and this year selected shortstop Jacob Gatewood out of Clovis (Calif.) High School in Round A.

Taylor is currently at High-A Brevard County, hitting .278/.326/.425 in 92 games with 57 runs, 33 doubles, three triples, five homers, 50 RBI and 13 stolen bases. He is currently the organization’s second-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com.

Neuhaus is playing at Rookie level Helena, hitting .189/.283/.321 in 27 games, with 16 runs, eight doubles, two homers and 11 RBI.

Gatewood is playing for the Arizona Brewers at the Rookie level, hitting .167/.214/.222 in 23 games, with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI.

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