In the 53 drafts that have taken place through 2017, 22 of the 30 MLB franchises have had the first pick at least once. The Toronto Blue Jays , St. Louis Cardinals , Los Angeles Dodgers , San Francisco Giants , Cleveland Indians , Cincinnati Reds , Boston Red Sox , and Colorado Rockies have never had the first pick. The Montreal Expos never had the first pick, but the Nationals have had it twice. The Oakland Athletics have never had the first pick, but the Kansas City Athletics had the very first pick in MLB Draft history. The New York Mets , San Diego Padres , and Houston Astros have each had the first pick 5 times, and the Seattle Mariners , Pittsburgh Pirates , and Tampa Bay Rays have each had the first pick four times.
While the team at bat is trying to score runs, the team in the field is attempting to record outs. In addition to the strikeout, common ways a member of the batting team may be put out include the flyout , ground out , force out , and tag out . It is possible to record two outs in the course of the same play. This is called a double play . Three outs in one play, a triple play , is possible, though rare. Players put out or retired must leave the field, returning to their team's dugout or bench. A runner may be stranded on base when a third out is recorded against another player on the team. Stranded runners do not benefit the team in its next turn at bat as every half-inning begins with the bases empty.