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Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and ESPN’s Sam Miller review the top candidates for the most enduring baseball memory of 2018, then conduct the sixth annual Effectively Wild Minor League Free Agent Draft, selecting 11 minor league free agents each and competing to see whose roster will accumulate the most combined MLB playing time in 2019 (followed by a Nelson Cruz signing addendum).


  • Minor league free agent draft


  • Sam's bike lock codes
  • Sam's most defining 2018 memory
  • Why wasn't Shohei Ohtani the defining memory
  • Other defining moments
  • Gamblings potential affect on baseball
  • Nelson Cruz

Draft Selections[]

Sam's Picks Jeff's Picks Ben's Picks
Dylan Moore R.J. Alaniz Terrance Gore
Kyle Ryan Harold Ramirez Kiernan Lovegrove
Zach McAllister Luke Bard Deven Marrero
Ryan Court Brandon Brennan Kelby Tomlinson
Hunter Cervenka Erik Johnson Jake Petricka
Vidal Nuno Asher Wojciechowski Kyle Zimmer
John Lamb Rookie Davis Jon Berti
Dilson Herrera Ariel Hernandez Rymer Liriano
Deolis Guerra Jairo Diaz Mason Williams
Clint Coulter Allen Craig Ryan Lamarre
Ryan Merritt Josh Lucas Santiago casilla


  • Previous minor league free agents drafts were in Episodes 326, 607, 809, 994, and 1166.
  • Minor league free agents have more than 6 years of minor league service time who are not on a 40-man roster.
  • The winner of the draft is the person who has players with the most combined MLB plate appearances (for position players) or batters faced (for pitchers).
  • “I meant to look up if hes… good” - Sam on Kyle Ryan
  • "If there's one thing Kyle Zimmer needed, it was a heavier baseball." - Jeff
  • "You're not gonna slip Kyle Zimmer into the movie theater without the usher noticing." - Sam
  • Eric Johnson and Fernando Tatis Jr were traded by the White Sox to the Padres.
  • “He was the guy the Padres were actually excited about and no…” - Jeff on Eric Johnson
  • Jeff won the draft with a record setting 1,640 total points.