- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A few things to know about this year’s Major League Baseball draft:

WHEN: Starts Thursday at 7 p.m. EDT and continues for 40 rounds over three days, with first two rounds (and two “competitive balance rounds”) from MLB Network’s studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. Rounds 3-10 on Friday and rounds 11-40 on Saturday will be held via conference calls with teams.

FIRST PICK: Philadelphia Phillies have No. 1 overall pick for second time, and first since taking Miami slugger Pat Burrell in 1998.

ORDER: Determined by reverse order of finish in overall standings from last season. Also, teams not allowed to trade picks.

TOP PROSPECTS: New Jersey high school LHP Jason Groome, Mercer OF Kyle Lewis, California high school OF Mickey Moniak, Florida LHP A.J. Puk, Louisville OF Corey Ray and Tennessee 3B Nick Senzel.

ON THE CLOCK: Teams have 4 minutes to make picks in first round, and 1 minute in first competitive balance round, second round, second competitive balance round and rounds 3-10. Rest of draft has selections without time delays.

COMPETITIVE BALANCE ROUNDS: Started in 2013, these rounds give 10 teams with lowest revenues and 10 in smallest markets opportunity to get additional picks through lottery, held last July. Six selections awarded (competitive balance round A) following first round, and teams not receiving one of those are entered into lottery for six picks (competitive balance round B) following second round. This year, competitive balance rounds have seven picks each because of two players drafted last year not signing: RHP Kyle Funkhouser (Dodgers, 35th overall) and RHP Kyle Cody (Twins, 74th).

SIGNING DEADLINE: Teams must sign drafted players, other than those who were college seniors, by 5 p.m. EDT on July 15. Players who have exhausted their college eligibility have until one week before 2017 draft to sign.

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