The Indians lost on the field this afternoon, but they were winners in the lottery room (wherever that may be), for today brought the 2014 Competitive Balance Lottery, in which small market and low revenue teams (the Tribe fall into both categories) are given a chance to win an extra draft pick.
The Indians won the 6th (and final) pick in Competitive Balance Round A, which falls in between the 1st and 2nd rounds of next June's draft. There is also Competitive Balance Round B, which falls between the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Here are the full results:
Competitive Balance Round A
Competitive Balance Round B
For some context, understand that it was with the Competitive Balance draft pick the Indians won last summer that they were able to select University of Virginia slugger Mike Papi, who's already playing in Single-A with Lake County.
Does a draft pick like this make up for the numerous advantages held by teams like the Yankees and Dodgers, who play in markets that allow for local TV deals the Indians can only dream of? Of course not. It's better than nothing though, and it's nice to see the Indians among the half dozen teams with the best luck this afternoon.