For the first time in league history, MLB conducted a lottery to determine the draft order. The results from Tuesday's draw are in, and the Chicago White Sox landed the No. 15 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft.
Entering the lottery, which included the 18 teams that did not qualify for the 2022 postseason, the White Sox had a 0.6 percent chance of landing the top pick. But the Pittsburgh Pirates, who finished with the third-worst record, drew the No. 1 overall selection.
The White Sox did not benefit from the lottery, as their No. 15 slot is exactly where they would have picked under the old format. Meanwhile, their division rival, the Minnesota Twins, benefitted greatly by jumping up to pick No. 5 despite finishing 2022 with the 13th-worst record.
Following a middling 81-81 campaign, the Chicago White Sox' 2023 MLB Draft slot is almost too fitting. It will mark their fifth time selecting at No. 15, and the first time since 2005.
Past White Sox No. 15 Overall Draft Picks
1997: SS Jason Dellaero
1999: RHP Jason Stumm
2003: OF Brian Anderson
2005: RHP Lance Broadway