For the third 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 6th at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Prior to the start of the Draft, MLB Network will air a Draft preview show, also simulcast on MLB.com, at 6:00 p.m. (ET).
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 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The Pittsburgh Pirates will have the first overall selection of the 2011 Draft, the third time in the Club’s history it has the top choice and the first time since 2002. The Tampa Bay Rays have the most first round selections with three (24th, 31st and 32nd overall) and possess 10 of the first 60 overall picks. The Arizona Diamondbacks (3rd and 7th), Washington Nationals (6th and 23rd), San Diego Padres (10th and 25th), Milwaukee Brewers (12th and 15th) and Boston Red Sox (19th and 26th) also hold multiple first round choices.
Last year’s first round choices included the Washington Nationals’ top overall selection Bryce Harper, who batted .343 with a home run and seven RBI in nine Arizona Fall League contests in 2010, and Chicago White Sox left-handed reliever Chris Sale, the 13th overall pick, who became the first player from the 2010 Draft class to reach the Majors with his debut on August 6, 2010.
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.
Like each of the previous two years, the 2011 Draft will span three days. For day one on June 6th, 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 7th and Wednesday, June 8th via conference call from MLB headquarters in New York City.
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 Tommy Lasorda and Frank Robinson, as well as 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Roberto Alomar. The Club representatives who will attend the 2011 Draft will be announced in the weeks ahead.
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