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2018 MLB Draft order: Tigers to pick No. 1

Giants, Phillies, White Sox and Reds follow Detroit in top five
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Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.

It came down to the final day of the season and both teams finished tied with 64-98 records. By virtue of the Tigers' .534 winning percentage in 2016 (the Giants finished that season at .537), they get the first pick. Detroit has had the No. 1 pick just once before, taking Matt Anderson in 1997.

Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.

It came down to the final day of the season and both teams finished tied with 64-98 records. By virtue of the Tigers' .534 winning percentage in 2016 (the Giants finished that season at .537), they get the first pick. Detroit has had the No. 1 pick just once before, taking Matt Anderson in 1997.

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The Tigers have selected No. 2 overall three times. In 2004, they got Justin Verlander with the second pick; in 1990, that selection netted them Tony Clark; and in 1976, they took southpaw Pat Underwood, who went 13-18 with a 4.43 ERA in four big league seasons, all with the Tigers.

The Giants narrowly missed out on nabbing their first No. 1 pick ever and becoming the first team in MLB history to pick first after making the postseason the previous year.

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Last June, the Twins picked first and took California high school shortstop Royce Lewis, after many thought they were deciding between Hunter Greene and Brendan McKay. They signed Lewis for $6.725 million, a good amount lower than the pick value assigned for the top selection of $7.77 million.

After the Tigers and Giants, the rest of the top 10 will be the Phillies, White Sox, Reds, Mets, Padres, Braves, A's and Pirates. The Reds, Padres, Braves, A's and Phillies will all be picking in the Top 10 for a second straight season. Those picking in the top 10 will not lose their first-round pick should they sign a qualifying free agent from another team.

Scouts spent the summer getting to really know the Class of 2018 during the high school showcase circuit, as well as through USA Baseball's 18U and Collegiate National Teams, not to mention the elite college Cape Cod League. Much will change between now and June, but some of the best talent includes University of Florida right-hander Brady Singer, Georgia high school right-hander Ethan Hankins and SoCal prep shortstop Brice Turang.

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First-round Draft order for 2018 Draft order is based on the reverse order of the 2017 regular-season standings, with 2016 records used to break ties.

1. Tigers (64-98, .395)
2. Giants (64-98, .395)
3. Phillies (66-96, .407)
4. White Sox (67-95, .414)
5. Reds (68-94, .420)
6. Mets (70-92, .432)
7. Padres (71-91, .438)
8. Braves (72-90, .444)
9. Athletics (75-87, .463)
10. Pirates (75-87, .463)
11. Orioles (75-87, .463)
12. Blue Jays (76-86, .469)
13. Marlins (77-85, .475)
14. Mariners (78-84, .481)
15. Rangers (78-84, .481)
16. Rays (80-82, .494)
17. Angels (80-82, .494)
18. Royals (80-82, .494)
19. Cardinals (83-79, .512)
20. Twins (85-77, .525)
21. Brewers (86-76, .531)
22. Rockies (87-75, .537)
23. Yankees (91-71, .562)
24. Cubs (92-70, .568)
25. D-backs (93-69, .574)
26. Red Sox (93-69, .574)
27. Nationals (97-65, .599)
28. Astros (101-61, .623)
29. Indians (102-60, .630)
30. Dodgers (104-58, .642)

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.