With the Pirates’ victory yesterday, the Nationals secured the first-overall pick in the 2010 draft. With the win, the Pirates are now 59-96 with seven games left to play. The Nationals also won and are 53-103 with six games left to play. So, even if the Nationals win out and the Pirates lose their final seven games, the teams would end the season in a tie, and the tie-breaker would go to the Nationals because they also had the worst record last year.
This marks only the second time a franchise has held first-overall picks in back-to-back years. The Rays had first-overall picks in 2007 and 2008 when they chose lefthander David Price and shortstop Tim Beckham, respectively.
The rest of the top 10 picks are still up for grabs, though. Here are the contenders:
The Orioles (currently in the midst of an 11-game losing streak) are 60-96 with six to play
The Royals are 64-92 with six to play
The Indians are 64 – 92 with six to play
The Mets are 67-90 with five to play
The Diamondbacks are 68-88 with six to play
The Padres are 72-85 with five to play
The Astros are 73-83 with six to play
The Blue Jays are 73-84 with five to play
The Reds are 74-82 with six to play
The Athletics are 75-81 with six to play
Click here for BA’s first Top 25 lists of high school and college prospects for the 2010 draft.
Click here to pre-order Baseball America’s 2009 Draft Almanac.
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