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Pirates get the top competitive balance pick in the 2018 draft

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MLB has determined the draft order for the competitive balance rounds and the Pirates will have the top pick in Round A. They picked in Round B last year, so they moved up this year. That gives them the 31st overall pick, right after the first round. They already have the tenth overall pick as a result of competing their way to a 75-87 record in 2017. The tenth pick won’t be affected by free agent signings, but the 31st pick possibly could be, meaning it could move up.