Major League Baseball's 2023 first-year amateur player draft will get underway on Sunday, July 9, or at the beginning of the All-Star Break. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates will make the No. 1 selection for the sixth time in franchise history, and for the first time since 2021, when they used it to pluck catcher/outfielder Henry Davis. (Davis was recently promoted to the majors.)

CBS Sports has spent the last several weeks previewing the event, including ranking the top 30 prospects in the class, as well as the potential risers and fallers. Below, you'll find five more storylines worth monitoring.


1. Who goes No. 1?

If the Pirates make the call based on talent and talent alone, the answer will be LSU outfielder Dylan Crews. He's a known quantity, and may have been a first-round pick in 2020 if he hadn't withdrawn his name from consideration. Crews has since compiled an impressive track record against SEC competition. He's viewed as a potential well-above-average hitter at the big-league level who shouldn't require much additional developmental time in the minors.

The "if" part of that answer is doing a lot of heavy lifting. That's because until the pick is made, there's a chance they run the same playbook they did in 2021. In so many words, that means taking the top player with the lowest signing bonus demand, and then using those savings to secure better players later in the class. Among the names floating around as options for that path is Max Clark, a high school outfielder out of Indiana.