ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.: The Indians will have an extra pick in next year’s draft as a consequence of the first Competitive Balance Lottery, a feature of the new collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the players union.
The Tribe has the second selection in the “B’’ group of teams and will pick at the conclusion of the second round, probably somewhere between 70th and 75th overall.
The Competitive Balance Lottery gives franchises with the lowest revenues and in the smallest markets a chance to acquire additional draft picks through a lottery, which was held Wednesday in the studios of the MLB Network in Seacaucus, N.J. The 10 clubs with the lowest revenues and the 10 teams in the smallest markets were entered in the lottery.
A club’s odds of winning the first pick was based on its winning percentage.
These clubs (in order) in Round “A” will make their picks after the first round of the draft: Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins.
These teams in Round B will pick after the conclusion of the second round of the draft: San Diego Padres, Indians, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers.
PEREZ UPDATE — Rafael Perez (strained left lat) was scheduled to throw one inning for Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday night then take a break.
Perez will meet the team back in Cleveland and throw a bullpen session on Friday. If he has no ill effects from that, he will throw one inning on back-to-back nights, Monday and Tuesday, for the Aeros.
If there are no setbacks from that challenge, Perez probably will be activated.
Perez’s tumbling velocity (84-85 mph) was a tipoff that something was wrong, even before he went on the disabled list. Manager Manny Acta said it has not returned to normal yet.
“He’s been topping out at 85-87,” Acta said. “It’s going to take a little time to get back to 89-92, which is what he was. With him, it was sometimes hard to tell [where his velocity should be] because he throws a lot of sliders and change-ups.”
TAKING PITCHES — In his first two games as the Tribe’s cleanup hitter, Michael Brantley was 0-for-3 with a .625 on-base percentage. That’s because he walked five times.
“When you’re going good, that’s what happens,” Acta said. “You’re not chasing pitches or expanding the strike zone.”
Brantley batted in the fourth spot Wednesday night and tripled in his first at-bat.
FARM FACTS — Corey Kluber gave up two earned runs (four total) and six hits in eight innings, as Columbus beat Louisville 5-4 in Class AAA. Chad Huffman hit his sixth homer of the year. … Tony Wolters had four hits and one RBI in Carolina’s 7-6 win over Winston-Salem in Class A. Ronnie Rodriguez and Anthony Gallas each had a double, single and one RBI.
— Sheldon Ocker