Once again the Devil Rays are in the running for the first overall pick and have a very good chance at becoming the first team to ever have the top pick in the amateur draft two years in a row (until recently, the top pick alternated between leagues). Last season we tracked the race for the top pick and with the Devil Rays in the running again this season, we feel compelled now to make this an annual feature.

Last year at this time, the top pick was not a sure thing, but David Price appeared to be the clear favorite. Without an obvious top choice for the 2008 draft, we decided to name this feature after the inaugural namesake. While we plan on running this feature each year in September, we do hope that one of these seasons the Tampa Bay Rays are not among the contenders.

The 2nd Annual David Price Sweepstakes and the race for the top pick in the 2008 draft…

Tampa Bay Devil Rays 65 93 3-7 L2
Baltimore Orioles 68 91 2.0 4-6 W1 1
Kansas City 68 91 3.0 4-6 L2 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 68 91 4.0 2-8 L1 1

The Devil Rays could clinch the top spot in the draft tonight, north of the border. It was erroneously reported this morning that that the Rays had already clinched the top spot in the draft and last place in the AL East. That was simply a case of Premature Ejacabration. After the Rays loss last night, combined with the Orioles win, the Rays sit 3 back in the AL East with 3 to play, and their magic number is now 1, with 3 other teams that still have a chance to tie the Rays for the worst record in baseball.

We have the champaign on ice and will certainly keep on eye on the score while watching a game tonight that actually means something (for once).



  1. Stewey Steinberg says:

    Professor, I am confused. I was under the impression that the tiebreaker was 06 standings. Since we can do no better/worse than in a tie for the worst record, if that is the tiebreaker aren't we a lock to pick first?

  2. Jake says:

    Cork...it was kinda mentioned on BA in the early morning. Y'know, Baseball America, right?


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