For the second consecutive year, Major League Baseball will hold day one festivities of the First-Year Player Draft from Studio 42 at MLB Network in Secaucus , New Jersey. The Draft will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com on Monday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. (ET), and Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig will announce each of the first round selections.
Like last year, the 2010 Draft will span three days. For day one on June 7th, MLB Network and MLB.com will provide live pick-by-pick coverage during the first round as well as the first compensation round. The intervals between selections will last five minutes during the first round and one minute during the compensation round. The Draft will resume at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on both Tuesday, June 8th and Wednesday, June 9th via conference call from MLB headquarters in New York City .
Prior to the start of the Draft on June 7th, MLB Network will air a Draft preview show, also simulcast on MLB.com, with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, Peter Gammons and MLB.com senior writer Jonathan Mayo and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis at 6:00 p.m. (ET).
Continuing coverage at the start of day two, MLB.com will deliver exclusive live programming of the Draft’s final two days, including a live pick-by-pick stream, draft and scouting expert commentary and DraftCaster, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every draft-eligible player supplemented by statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.
Once again, each of the 30 Major League Clubs will be represented at the Draft by one of its former players and/or a member of its front office. Last year’s representatives included Hall of Famers Al Kaline, Tommy Lasorda, Bill Mazeroski and Billy Williams as well as nearly 20 additional former All-Star players. The Club representatives who will attend the 2010 Draft will be announced in the weeks ahead. Top amateur prospects have attended the Draft in recent years, including Phillippe Aumount (drafted by the Seattle Mariners, currently in the Philadelphia Phillies organization), Ross Detwiler (Washington Nationals) and Josh Vitters (Chicago Cubs) in 2007; Aaron Hicks (Minnesota Twins) in 2008; and Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) in 2009.
Last year’s first round choices included the Washington Nationals’ top overall selection Stephen Strasburg, the San Diego State product who is currently with Double-A Harrisburg of the Eastern League, and Cincinnati Reds hurler Mike Leake, the eighth overall pick, who became the 21st player ever to reach the Major Leagues without first playing in the Minor Leagues when he debuted in April.
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. 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 2009 First-Year Player Draft. The Washington Nationals will have the first selection of the 2010 Draft. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have the most first round selections with three (18th, 29th and 30th overall) and possess five of the first 40 picks overall. The Houston Astros (8th and 19th), the Texas Rangers (15th and 22nd) and the Tampa Bay Rays (17th and 31st) also hold multiple first round choices.
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.
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