MLB draft order 2017: Complete selection order for Rounds 3-10

The first two rounds of the 2017 MLB Draft are in the books, which brings us to day two to get through Round 10.

After getting television treatment on Monday on MLB Network, the remainder of the draft is available to watch online at MLB.com. On Tuesday, that coverage includes expert analysis and commentary from Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo. Second-day coverage begins with a half-hour pre-show at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by the draft itself at 1 p.m.

There are one-minute intervals between picks all day Tuesday, through Round 10.

There are no more compensatory picks left, not for free agents lost or previously unsigned picks, so the remainder of the draft has the same order for Rounds 3-40. That starts with the Minnesota Twins each round after their 103-loss season, and ends with the Chicago Cubs, who won 103 games in 2016 en route to their first World Series championship in 108 years.

Joe Mauer might not make the Hall of Fame, but he came closer than 99 percent of the players to put on a baseball uniform.

This pick didn’t come with the same clear dilemma, but the Twins did have a choice to make. It just might pan out.

It’s a baseball truism, though, that if the catcher is the field general of his team, the shortstop is the lieutenant general of the infield. A team that finds a good shortstop, much less a franchise-defining shortstop, has an instant advantage that most teams don’t.

These are the teams that have been good at finding shortstops for the last 20 years. And, because it’s not that interesting to point out that Derek Jeter was excellent for nearly that entire time, we will also look at the teams that haven’t been good at finding shortstops. At least two of them have been comically bad.

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Nationals fan’s obituary says he died after watching the relief pitchers ‘blow yet another lead’

It’s always sad when someone dies, so I’d like to preface this by giving out sincere condolences to the family and friends of Patrick Killebrew. Killebrew’s obituary made the rounds over the weekend, because of one detail that caught the eyes of Nationals fans. Here’s the obituary from the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Pat, age 68, passed away peacefully at home, June 20, 2017, after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead. Beloved father and husband, longtime attorney, former U.S. Navy Navigator and avid baseball fan and player. Join in a celebration of his life July 2, 6 to 8 p.m., at the SCA Clubhouse, 9601 Redbridge Rd., 23236. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Nationals Bullpen Fund.

Florida then created a buildup in the top of the third, putting runners on second and third. LSU then intentionally walked catcher Mike Rivera to load the bases, which brought up Ryan Larson, the hero of the Gainesville super regional. He struck out looking for the second out of the frame, then Horvath popped up to the left side to end Florida’s threat.

The Gators really exploded in the top of the eighth, plating four runs and capitalizing on one of the worst base running blunders the College World Series has ever seen. LSU’s Jake Slaughter went out of his way to collide with Florida’s second baseman, and that immediately wiped the Tigers’ tying run off the board. Florida’s answer? Four runs in the next inning.

That was all Florida would need, forcing a pair of groundouts in the top of the ninth to seal the deal. That’s the Gators’ first College World Series championship in program history after making the final series three times previously.

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It’s the first weekend of the NCAA baseball tournament

Typically, we talk about major league ball in this space, or at least professional ball. Every once in a while, though, college baseball takes center stage, and this is the time of year for that to happen.

The draft is right around the corner, and all of this amateur talent is about to come into the forefront. Before that happens, we will see some of that talent on the big stage for the College World Series. The College World Series in Omaha is one of the most exciting events of the year, and before we can even get to that point, we have to go through the 64-team tournament, which is kicking off this weekend.

In light of the discovery that he’s a registered sex offender, Luke Heimlich, who plays for Oregon State, requested to be removed from the roster for his team’s upcoming appearance in the super regionals.

You thought we were done with NCAA baseball news? Nope! Davidson and Texas A&M played a 15 inning game on Friday, which is the longest in super regionals history.

Jace Peterson, who is currently playing for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves, made an absolutely insane catch yesterday. Everyone says that you’ve gotta see it, but you’ve really gotta see it.

It’s only been a few months, but things are already getting awkward with Ian Desmond and his five-year contract with the Rockies.

Yoenis Cespedes will eventually be back with the Mets, and when he is, Curtis Granderson should play in right field.

A half-naked man ran onto the field during a game between the Giants and Brewers, and Grant Brisbee wrote about it because … well, how could he not?

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Florida State allows game-tying run on a wild, blunder-filled play

In the evening session of the College World Series’ opening salvo, No. 4 LSU and Florida State are engaged in a spectacular, error-filled game, that’s already seen the Seminoles commit two errors. LSU has capitalized on all of FSU’s mistakes, holding the score down to a 4-3 Seminole advantage.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, though, some truly hair-raising baseball transpired, as Antoine Duplantis singled through the right side with a man on first. FSU right fielder Austin Wells mishandled the ball while fielding, letting it get by him, which advanced Duplantis to second and Cole Freeman over to third.

Oregon State does learn when a student is a registered sex offender, according to university spokesman Steve Clark. Oregon State Police send the university a list of registered sex offenders in Benton County on a regular ongoing basis, Clark said. The university then cross-checks those names with its student database to verify sex offenders who have enrolled.

The incident came to light as Benton Country, Oreg. sheriffs started investigating sex offenders who’d let their registrations as such drop. Heimlich’s registration lapsed in April, and The Oregonian learned of his past crime through a public records request.

Heimlich’s matriculation to Oregon State predates a 2015 updated policy on the part of the university that mandates student athletes to register any felony convictions they have in their past.

Heimlich’s status for the rest of the tournament remains unclear.

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Allen Iverson issues apology over skipping BIG3 game

Former NBA star Allen Iverson issued a formal apology Tuesday for skipping a BIG3 game Sunday in Dallas.

First and foremost, I apologize to Ice Cube and my BIG3 family, my fans and everyone disappointed by my absence in Dallas this past weekend, Iverson said, via social media. I have spoke with Ice Cube directly regarding the details of my absence. I will do my best to make up for this moving forward on the BIG3 tour.

The BIG3 made an official announcement Sunday stating they received no advanced warning of Iverson’s absence. The league then launched an investigation.

According to TMZ Sports, Iverson was gambling at a casino in Chicago hours before Sunday’s game.

While Iverson presented fans with no exact reason for his absence, it appears he’s cleared everything up with Ice Cube and the league.

Let’s be clear about this. Any move the Cavs make happens with the Warriors in mind. Despite the Celtics adding Gordon Hayward in free agency, the Cavs are still kings of the Eastern Conference until LeBron says otherwise. So the real question is: Does signing Rose close the gap on Golden State?

No, it doesn’t. While Rose showed signs of his former self last season, his style of play doesn’t improve Cleveland’s chances to win a title — in fact, it hurts the Cavs in that specific matchup.

Rose has never been a consistent outside shooter, but with the Knicks, he essentially eliminated the threat of a 3-point shot altogether. He averaged less than one 3-point attempt per game for the 2016-17 season and hit at a 21.7 percent rate, the worst of his career. He shot 5 of 11 on corner 3-pointers (45.4 percent) but an abysmal 8 of 44 above the break (18.2 percent). Rose was also one of the worst Knicks players in spot-up situations, scoring 0.80 points per possession (19.7 percentile in the league).

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NBA trade rumors: Carmelo Anthony, Thunder may have mutual interest, but is trade realistic?

Another team may be ready to jump into the fray for Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

The 10-time All-Star has been the subject of NBA trade rumors for what feels like the last decade. Just this offseason, Anthony has been linked to the Rockets, Trail Blazers and Cavs in light of Kyrie Irving’s trade request. Now, the Thunder could crash the Carmelo party.

I understand it’s a business, but if I don’t hear anything from (Pelicans general manager) Dell (Demps) or my agent, I don’t pay attention to it, Davis said. Once I first heard (the rumors), then I heard it again, then I heard it again, I just wanted to make sure.

I found out it wasn’t (true), and that was the beginning of the summer, so I haven’t paid attention to it since.

Davis will get his first chance to team up with newly acquired DeMarcus Cousins for a full season starting in November. He also shed some light on his practice habits this summer noting he was working with teammates Cousins and Jrue Holiday.

Anthony Davis explaining why he doesn’t work out with players from other #NBA teams: Why would you? They’ll know what you’re going to do.

Davis would love to make a super team with Cousins, but he’s not going to go out and work out with opponents like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who often train together in the offseason.

Most guys don’t have the courage to do what he did. That’s not ‘youth’ and ‘ignorance.’ That’s a little bit more courage than people give him credit for.

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LaMelo Ball-Zion Williamson matchup causes Vegas chaos

LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson is kind of a big deal.

In fact, a matchup between two of basketball’s elite prospects caused what ESPN.com described as a chaotic scene Wednesday, as police capped entry to the Las Vegas gym where the pair’s AAU teams faced off at the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships.

None of these are acceptable angles to take when it comes to digesting his comments. It’s such a tired narrative that the NBA today has gone soft and that the players of today’s game would never survive in Oakley’s era. The game has changed, but that doesn’t mean the product is worse, and it certainly doesn’t mean the masculinity of the players should be a topic of conversation, and a topic of derision.

The NBA has been progressive in some regards when it comes to the inclusion of women. The San Antonio Spurs hired former WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach in 2014, making her the first full-time assistant coach in any of the major four North American sports leagues. In 1997, Violet Palmer became the first female referee to call a game at the professional level in a major U.S. sport.

But these comments from Oakley shouldn’t be glossed over, and they shouldn’t be tolerated because of his persona as a tough guy. There’s nothing tough or acceptable about the words he chose, and they shouldn’t be welcomed as part of the lexicon of how we talk about the modern game of basketball.

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NBA trade rumors: Cavs operating as if Kyrie Irving trade is ‘almost inevitable’

The relationship between the Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving is deteriorating quickly.

After news emerged late Friday that Irving had asked for a trade, Cleveland turned into chaos central. LeBron James was blindsided by Irving’s request, but both he and Kevin Love appeared unconcerned on social media. NBA fans (and maybe front-office types) rushed to the ESPN Trade Machine and sent Irving all over the league in hypothetical deals. Oh, and there was that bit about Irving reportedly believing James leaked the news about the trade request in the first place. Yikes.

Suffice it to say, things aren’t going well for the Cavs, and it’s looking like the state of the franchise won’t be getting better any time soon. The Cavs are operating as though an Irving trade is almost inevitable, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, who cites several sources in reporting that there is little chance of the Cavs salvaging their relationship with Irving.

It’s important to note these situations are fluid, as feelings and emotions can always change. No one knows that better than James, who chose to return to Cleveland in 2014 after he was excoriated by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and thousands of fans for The Decision in 2010. A trade demand does not equal an actual trade. Remember, even the great Kobe Bryant once demanded a trade from the Lakers in 2007, and he ended up staying for nearly another decade and winning two more titles before he retired.

At this point, though, the Cavs are on the trade train. Lowe reports Cleveland wants a big return in any Irving deal, most importantly a blue-chip young player. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who initially broke the news of Irving’s request, doesn’t see Irving wearing a Cavs uniform much longer.

Well, in that case… back to the Trade Machine!

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James Harden’s Rockets jersey reportedly retired at Houston strip club

James Harden has reportedly had his Rockets jersey retired at a Houston institution.

No, I’m not talking about the rafters of the Toyota Center. According to a recent post from the Joe Budden Podcast, Harden had his jersey retired at a Houston strip club, where he apparently has become a regular customer.

Wiggins, who said in July he’s worth nothing less than a max contract, was the first-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Cavs but was promptly traded to the Wolves in the Kevin Love deal as LeBron James returned to Cleveland.

Wolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau said recently the team is looking to lock up Wiggins, who averaged a career-high 23.6 points this past season along with four rebounds and 2.3 assists.

With Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jeff Teague and Wiggins, the Wolves are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004 and are better off letting another team over-pay for Irving’s services moving forward.

Oh yeah, and the Cavaliers, since letting David Griffin walk four days before the NBA Draft because, uh… still don’t have a general manager. It’s a series of missteps which has caused both James and Irving to scratch their heads, if not kick their feet, in frustration.

But if this is purely a basketball — and not a business of basketball — decision by Irving, he must’ve fallen and bumped his head on something hard.

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Cavs’ Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman dance around Kyrie Irving trade talks

Kyrie Irving met with Cavaliers brass after the season was over and something was said. It has been widely reported that Irving asked for a trade, and what may be more telling than anything is the Cavaliers are not denying that.

In Koby Altman’s introduction as the Cavs general manager Wednesday, the very first question asked was about Irving’s reported request for a trade. The answer was veiled but telling and it certainly appears that Irving asked for a trade. Neither Altman nor owner Dan Gilbert denied it.

One referee either didn’t get the message or ignored it, as she slapped Ball with a technical foul Friday. After he threatened to pull his team off the court, she was removed from the game.

Adidas acknowledged it was the company’s decision to take the ref off the game.

There was some miscommunication, said Chris Rivers, Adidas director of global basketball sports marketing, per ESPN. The NBA don’t put certain people with certain guys, either. If there’s a history or miscommunication, that happens.

During his team’s win Thursday, Ball told a different ref, You’re the worst (expletive) ref who ever lived.

Said the source, Under normal circumstances, the sideline behavior, including profanity and sideline antics, would have demanded a technical foul under the category of disrespecting the game.

But, the source added, Due to strong messaging (from Adidas) to extend those guidelines in an effort to keep (LaVar Ball) in the gym, the officiating crew felt uncomfortable enforcing the technical foul rule for actions that clearly warranted (action).

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