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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 04 June 2009 09:48

2009 MLB DraftWith Tuesday’s First-Year Player Draft fast approaching (coverage begins 6:00 p.m. EDT on MLB Network), a few changes are in place, and as always, some questions about how the process functions. Here are some details.

The 2009 First-Year Player Draft will expand from two days to three days, with the final two days being conducted via conference call from MLB headquarters in New York City. The first day will consist of the first 111 picks, including Round One, Compensation Round A, Round Two, Round Three and Compensation Round B. There will be four minutes between first round picks and one minute between all other selections. On Wednesday, June 10th, the Draft will resume in the fourth round at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) and will be tentatively scheduled to go through the 30th round. The Draft will conclude on Thursday, June 11th, which is set to cover the 31st-50th rounds, beginning at 11:30 a.m. (EDT).

MLB Network will broadcast the selections made in the first round live. Beginning with the compensation round (the 33rd overall pick), MLB.com will air a live video stream from Studio 42 for the remainder of the day's selections. MLB Tonight also will provide coverage and analysis as the Draft continues to unfold.

Beginning the following day, MLB.com will offer live programming of the Draft's final two days.

The selection order of the First-Year Player Draft is determined by the reverse order of finish at the close of the previous championship season. The Washington Nationals will have the first selection of the 2009 Draft. Compensation picks have been assigned to Clubs whose Type A or Type B free agents signed with other Clubs and/or to Clubs who did not sign a player who was chosen in the first three rounds of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. Five clubs will have a pair of first round choices: the Nationals (first and 10th); the Seattle Mariners (second and 27th); the Colorado Rockies (11th and 32nd); the Arizona Diamondbacks (16th and 17th); and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (24th and 25th).

The Draft will have 50 rounds and will conclude after all 30 teams have passed on a selection or after the final selection of the 50th round, whichever comes first.

Who will be the first pick? It seems a safe bet that San Diego State pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg will be selected by the Nationals. The question is, will he be signed? Strasburg is represented by Scott Boras who is reportedly looking for a 6-year deal in the neighborhood of $25M-$50M. The Nationals are under pressure to make the signing due to serious pitching staff weakness, but also due to the fact that the club failed to sign their first pick last year in pitcher Aaron Crow.

Select Read More to see the 20 players that went straight into the majors after being signed, as well as the fastest from their Draft class to reach MLB (2002-2006)

PLAYERS GOING DIRECTLY TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES (20)
   
DRAFT YEARPLAYER, POSITION, SCHOOLSELECTING CLUB (PICK)
June 1967 (S)Mike Adamson, RHP, University of South CarolinaBaltimore (1)
June 1969 (R)Steve Dunning, RHP, Stanford UniversityCleveland (2)
June 1971 (S)Pete Broberg, RHP, Dartmouth CollegeWashington (1)
 Rob Ellis, INF, Michigan State UniversityMilwaukee (1)
 Burt Hooton, RHP, University of TexasChicago (NL) (2)
June 1972 (R) Dave Roberts, INF, University of OregonSan Diego (1)
January 1973 (S) Dick Ruthven, RHP, Fresno State UniversityPhiladelphia (1)
June 1973 (R) David Clyde, LHP, Westchester HS, Houston, TXTexas (1)
 Dave Winfield, OF, University of MinnesotaSan Diego (4)
 Eddie Bane, LHP, Arizona State UniversityMinnesota (11)
June 1978 (R)Tim Conroy, RHP, Gateway HS, Monroeville, PAOakland (20)
 Bob Horner, INF, Arizona State UniversityAtlanta (1)
 Brian Milner, C, Southwest HS, Ft. Worth, TXToronto (7)
 Mike Morgan, RHP, Valley HS, Las Vegas, NVOakland (4)
June 1985 (R)Pete Incaviglia, OF, Oklahoma State UniversityMontreal (8)
June 1988 (R)Jim Abbott, LHP, University of MichiganCalifornia (8)
June 1989 (R)John Olerud, INF, Washington State UniversityToronto (79)
June 1993 (R)Darren Dreifort, RHP, Wichita State UniversityLos Angeles (2)
June 1995 (R)Ariel Prieto, RHP, Fajardo University (Cuba)Oakland (5)
June 2000 (R)Xavier Nady, INF, University of CaliforniaSan Diego (49)
   
(R) Regular Phase; (S) Secondary Phase

 

FASTEST FROM THEIR DRAFT CLASS TO REACH THE MAJOR LEAGUES, 2002-06
   
YEARPLAYERML DEBUT
2001Mark Prior, RHP, CHI (NL)May 22, 2002
2002Kevin Correia, RHP, SFJuly 10, 2003
 Khalil Greene, SS, SDSept. 3, 2003
2003Ryan Wagner, RHP, CINJuly 19, 2003
 Chad Cordero, RHP, MONAug. 30, 2003
 Rickie Weeks, 2B, MILSept. 15, 2003
2004Huston Street, RHP, OAKApr. 6, 2005
 Cla Meredith, RHP, BOSMay 8, 2005
2005Joey Devine, RHP, ATLAug. 20, 2005
 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WSHSept. 1, 2005
 Craig Hansen, RHP, BOSSept. 19, 2005
2006Andrew Miller, LHP, DETAug. 30, 2006
 Joe Smith, RHP, NYMApr. 2, 2007
 Brandon Morrow, RHP, SEAApr. 3, 2007
2007Ross Detwiler, LHP, WSHSept. 7, 2007
 Eddie Kunz, RHP, NYMAug. 3, 2008
 David Price, LHP, TBSept. 14, 2008
2008Conor Gillaspie, 3B, SFSept. 9, 2008
 Ryan Perry, RHP, DETApr. 8, 2009
   
Bold indicates player reaching the Major Leagues in the same year as being drafted.

Source: Major League Baseball


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