Tuesday, October 6, 2009

2010 Draft: First Round Order

2010 MLB DraftWith the Twins win, here is a preliminary look at the 2010 draft order: team (2009 record):

1. Washington Nationals (59-103)
2. Pittsburgh Pirates (62-99)
3. Baltimore Orioles (64-98)
4. Kansas City Royals (65-97)
5. Cleveland Indians (65-97)
6. Arizona Diamondbacks (70-92)
7. New York Mets (70-92)
8. Houston Astros (74-88)
9. San Diego Padres (75-87)
10. Oakland Athletics (75-87)
11. Toronto Blue Jays (75-87)
12. Cincinnati Reds (78-84)
13. Chicago White Sox (79-83)
14. Milwaukee Brewers (80-82)
15. Texas Rangers (comp pick for Matt Purke)
16. Chicago Cubs (83-78)
17. Tampa Bay Rays (84-78)
18. Seattle Mariners (85-77)
19. Detroit Tigers (86-77)
20. Atlanta Braves (86-76)
21. Minnesota Twins (87-76)
22. Texas Rangers (87-75)
23. Florida Marlins (87-75)
24. San Francisco Giants (88-74)
25. St. Louis Cardinals (91-71)
26. Colorado Rockies (92-70)
27. Philadelphia Phillies (93-69)
28. Los Angeles Dodgers (95-67)
29. Boston Red Sox (95-67)
30. Los Angeles Angels (97-65)
31. Tampa Bay Rays (comp pick for LeVon Washington)
32. New York Yankees (103-59)


- Order is determined by 2009 record for all 30 MLB teams, from worst to best by win percentage.
- Through the 2004 draft the order was determined by alternating the first pick each year between the AL and NL, with the AL getting the first pick in odd numbered years and the NL in even numbered years. For example, in an odd numbered year the AL team with the worst record had pick #1, the NL team with the worst record had #2, the AL team with the 2nd worst record had pick #3, the NL team with the 2nd worst record had pick #4, and so on.
- Beginning with the 2005 draft the order has been determined by overall record regardless of league.
- Ties are broken by looking at the tied teams' 2008 record, with worst record getting the higher pick. If 2008 is also a tie, you keep going back through prior years until one team wins (by losing).
- The 1st half of the round (picks 1 to 15) is protected from free agent compensation. This year it is the first 16 picks since #15 is a comp pick from the 2009 draft, not a new 2010 pick.
- Picks 17-32 (except #31) can be lost if one of those teams signs a Type A free agent who was offered arbitration by his old team.
- The Rays could lose pick #17 if they sign a Type A free agent, but not #31 as it is a protected comp pick from 2009 just like #15.
- I'll post this on the sidebar for reference and Kevin and I will update it as picks change due to free agent signings. We'll also add in the 2nd and 3rd round orders at some point. Beginning with the 4th round the order above (minus #15 and #31) just repeats through to the 50th round.
- Kevin, anything you want to add or correct me on?


  1. I'm looking forward to seeing who the Rays draft with the extra two compensatory picks. Let's just hope that the Rays don't waste them on high-schoolers who think that they're worth more than they actually are. I'm looking for a couple of solid, proven college arms to guarantee that they sign at a reasonable price.

  2. I would imagine the #31 will be a signable pick, since the Rays lose it if they fail to sign the player. For #17 (assuming we don't sign a Type A free agent) I wouldn't be suprised to see another high school player, toolsy OF or pitcher. But it's too early to tell on #17.