Draft order formally compiled; Pirates will go first
Tampa Bay holds 10 of first 60 selections in annual June event
The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the clock.
The 2011 First-Year Player Draft order was officially announced on Thursday and by virtue of having the worst record in baseball in 2010, the Pirates will make the first overall selection, an honor they last had in 2002.
For the third straight year, baseball fans will be able to watch the first round of the Draft -- from the Pirates at No. 1 down to the Tampa Bay Rays at No. 60 -- live on MLB. com and MLB Network. The Draft is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m. ET, preceded by a Draft preview show at 6 p.m. ET on the Network and simulcast on MLB.com.
2011 draft order
|7||D-backs (Comp for Loux - unsigned)|
|10||Padres (Comp for Whitson - unsigned)|
|15||Brewers (Comp for Covey - unsigned)|
|19||Red Sox (Comp for V. Martinez - DET)|
|23||Nationals (Comp for Dunn - CWS)|
|24||Rays (Comp for Crawford - BOS)|
|26||Red Sox (Comp for Beltre - TEX)|
|31||Rays (Comp for R. Soriano - NYY)|
|33||Rangers (Comp for Cliff Lee - PHI)|
Major League Baseball's Draft is 50 rounds long and ends after all 30 teams have either passed on a selection or following the final pick of the 50th round. Following the first-round action, MLB.com will handle exclusive live programming of Day 2 and Day 3 coverage, including a pick-by-pick stream, analysis and DraftCaster, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every draft-eligible player with stats, scouting reports and video. The remaining two days of the Draft, which begin at noon ET, are held via conference call from MLB headquarters in New York City.
This year's first round on MLB Network will include 33 picks, followed by 27 selections in the Compensation Round A. Compensation picks have been assigned to clubs whose Type A or Type B free agents signed with other clubs and/or to clubs that did not sign a player who was chosen in the first three rounds of the 2010 Draft. There will be five minutes allowed between each of the first 33 selections and one minute between compensation picks.
Each of the 30 Major League teams will have representatives at the Draft, with former players and/or members of its front office taking part. In 2010, Hall of Famers Tommy Lasorda and Frank Robinson, as well as 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Roberto Alomar, were in attendance. The club representatives will be announced as the Draft draws nearer.
After the Pirates -- who took pitcher Bryan Bullington when they last had the No. 1 overall pick -- make the first selection, no other team in the early-going will be busier than the Rays. On Day 1 alone, Tampa will make 10 picks out of the 60, with three in the first round and seven in the compensation round. The Diamondbacks, Padres and Brewers all have multiple first-round picks by virtue of not signing their first-rounders from the 2010 Draft. The Nationals and Red Sox have two of the first 33 due to losing Type A free agents during the offseason.
The Nationals made Bryce Harper the No. 1 overall selection in last year's Draft and he is currently getting his professional career going in the Class A South Atlantic League. Chris Sale of the White Sox was the first from the 2010 Draft class to make it to the big leagues when he was recalled last season.
There does not appear to be a clear-cut No. 1 pick, like Harper and Stephen Strasburg were for Washington the past two years. Most see Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon and UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole as the front-runners to hear their name go off the board first on June 6.