Potential Padres first-round pick Trea Turner of North Carolina State. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA Today Sports
Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft is upon us. Each year, the 30 major league teams embark on a 3-day voyage into a sea of hopeful young baseball players, hoping to find those genuine impact players that will become the stars of tomorrow. The journey starts today at 3:00 PT in Studio 42 of the Major League Baseball Network in Secaucus, NJ, and will be televised on the MLB Network and streamed on mlb.com.
Today’s activity will include the first round, the Competitive Balance Round A, round two, and Competitive Balance Round B. In all, the first 74 picks will happen today.
The first pick of the draft belongs to the Houston Astros, as a result of their having the worst record in baseball last year.
The San Diego Padres will have two picks today, at #13 in the first round, and #51 in the second round. Tomorrow, they will have overall pick number 86 in round 3, and will then have the 12th pick in each round between rounds 4-40.
Rounds 3-10 will take place on Friday, beginning at 9:30 AM PT. Saturday will include rounds 11-40. In all, there will be over 1200 draft selections.
Days two and three of the draft can be followed at mlb.com. And of course, Friars on Base will keep you updated on the Padres’ selections.
FOB draft specialist and staff writer James Krueger has been keeping a close eye on the draft all year, and has written up some excellent previews and player profiles for players that the Padres might draft. You can find them here: