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Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and ESPN’s Sam Miller conduct the fifth annual Effectively Wild Minor League Free Agent Draft, selecting 10 minor league free agents each and competing to see whose roster will accumulate the most combined major league playing time in 2018.


  • Fifth annual Minor League Free Agent Draft
  • Player nicknames


  • Sam won the Sam won 2017 free agent draft which was held in Episode 994.
  • Ben won the 2016 and 2015 free agent drafts.

Draft Selections[]

Sam's Picks Jeff's Picks Ben's Picks
Rafael Ortega Dario Alvarez Scott Barlow
Ryan Carpenter Anthony Gose Mark Montgomery
Chris Carter Kris Medlen Michael Kelly
Colten Brewer Dustin Ackley Ronny Rodriguez
Richard Rodriguez Perci Garner Jumbo Diaz
Wade LeBlanc Casey Lawrence Willians Astudillo
Cristhian Adames Mike Kickham Kevin Comer
Dylan Unsworth Brooks Pounders John Andreoli
Erik Johnson Forrest Snow Christian Lopes
Evan Grills Matt Purke Curt Casali


  • The winner of the minor league free agent draft is the person with the team whose players accumulate the most plate appearances (batters) and batters faced (pitchers) during the 2018 season.
  • Previous minor league free agents drafts were in Episodes 326, 607, 809, and 994.
  • Minor league free agents have more than 6 years of minor league service time who are not on a 40-man roster.
  • Jeff voluntarily gave up the 1st pick, a move he immediately regrets.
  • Emilio Bonifacio has had sub replacement-level WAR for four consecutive years.
  • Charlie Pabor was nicknamed 'The Old Woman in the Red Cap'. Nobody can figure out why. The mystery is solved in the next episode.