ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The competitive balance draft pick the Orioles received last season proved to be a valuable asset at the trade deadline.
The Orioles traded their competitive balance pick last year -- it ended up being the 37th overall selection -- in part of a package to acquire right-hander Bud Norris from the Houston Astros at the trade deadline. The Orioles also sent minor league outfielder L.J. Hoes and left-hander Josh Hader to the Astros in the deal.
The lottery for next year’s competitive balance picks was held in New York on Wednesday. The Orioles received the fifth selection in Group B, which is slotted immediately after the second round of the draft, so it is essentially the value of a high third-round pick.
Last season, the Orioles received the second pick in Group A, which is slotted following the first round and is essentially the value of a compensation pick.
The competitive balance lottery gives teams in either one of the 10 smallest markets or the 10 smallest revenue pools the chance to receive one of 12 extra draft picks at either the end of the first or second rounds of the draft.
There were 15 teams eligible to receive a competitive balance pick in this lottery. The Minnesota Twins and the Seattle Mariners were eligible to receive picks in Group B only because they received revenue sharing, and the Tampa Bay Rays, the Kansas City Royals and the Pittsburgh Pirates were not selected to receive a pick. Last season, all 12 teams that were eligible received a pick.
The competitive balance picks are the only ones that can be traded, which gives them extra value, especially since the Orioles’ pick last year seemed to be a key trade chip in acquiring Norris.
-- Triple-A Norfolk right-hander Suk-min Yoon has returned to the minor league disabled list, this time with right shoulder inflammation.
Yoon went on the disabled list just more than a month ago, on June 22, with what the organization called right shoulder impingement and he missed 27 days.
He returned to make a start for Norfolk on Saturday and threw 3 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just two hits.
-- Also, left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz has gone on the minor league DL with a left forearm strain. De La Cruz is 1-4 with a 5.98 ERA in 37 relief appearances.
-- Right-hander Steve Johnson was transferred to Norfolk and will make his first start back with the Tides tonight.