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:
During their game against the Cubs at Petco Park, the Padres just officially announced the signing of No. 3 overall pick Donavan Tate, a deal that has been suspected done for a few hours. No details on the terms yet, but we’ll keep digging.
Here are the players that ranked in the top 50 of our recent rankings that are still on the board . . .
9. Tanner Scheppers, rhp, St. Paul Saints
19. Everett Williams, of, McCallum HS, Austin
21. Andrew Oliver, lhp, Oklahoma State
25. Garrett Gould, rhp, Maize (Kansas) HS
26. Tyler Skaggs, lhp, Santa Monica (Calif.) HS
28. Kyle Heckathorn, rhp, Kennesaw State
30. Max Stassi, c, Yuba City (Calif.) HS
31. Wil Myers, c, Wesleyan Christian Academy, High Point, N.C.
33. Rich Poythress, 1b, Georgia
37. James Paxton, lhp, Kentucky
38. Sam Dyson, rhp, South Carolina
39. Kentrail Davis, of, Tennessee
41. Zack Von Rosenberg, rhp, Zachary (La.) HS
43. Brody Colvin, rhp, More HS, Lafayette, La.
45. Madison Younginer, rhp, Mauldin (S.C.) HS
46. Mychal Givens, rhp/ss, Plant HS, Tampa
47. Keyvius Sampson, rhp, Forest HS, Ocala, Fla.
49. Tommy Joseph, c, Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
50. Victor Black, rhp, Dallas Baptist
It’s good to hear from Strasburg on the show here. It really wouldn’t have been good for the draft show to not have the No. 1 pick on the show. Strasburg told friend of BA Kirk Kenney that he didn’t want to go back east to be on a draft show and not share the moment with teammates, coaches, family and friends. And Kirk also reports Strasburg is not, as had been blogged, at Boras Corp., but is instead having a draft party at his mother’s home—which is just a two or three miles from Tony Gwynn Stadium.
However, he’s apparently on his way now up the coast to Boras Corp. for a press conference.
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