2009 Draft Order

The 2009 draft will feature a record number of first-round selections, though the total hasn’t been finalized. There will be at least 32 choices, as the Nationals (Aaron Crow) and Yankees (Gerrit Cole) get compensated for failing to sign their top picks from 2008. The total rises to 33 if the Mariners don’t come to terms with last year’s first-rounder, former Georgia reliever Joshua Fields. The 1997 draft included 31 first-rounders after MLB granted the Athletics a bonus choice for the loss of service-time free agent.

With the free-agent market moving at a crawl this offseason, eight players who would yield draft-pick compensation had yet to sign as Baseball America went to press on Feb. 5. Orlando Cabrera (White Sox), Juan Cruz (Diamondbacks), Orlando Hudson (Diamondbacks), Manny Ramirez (Dodgers) and Ben Sheets (Brewers) are all Type A free agents (ranked in the top 20 percent at their position), and their former clubs would receive a supplemental first-rounder plus a draft choice from the signing club if they change addresses. Paul Byrd (Red Sox), Mark Grudzielanek (Royals) and Dennys Reyes (Twins) are Type B free agents (ranked in the 21-40 percent group) who would command a sandwich pick.

The Nationals will exercise two picks faster than any team in draft history, picking No. 1 overall and again at No. 10 with their compensation choice for Crow. If they don’t sign Fields, the Mariners will have three first-round picks, in addition to a supplemental first-rounder. The Angels currently have the most choices before the second round, two first-rounders and three sandwich picks.

1. Nationals 11. Royals 21. Twins
2. Mariners 12. Athletics 22. White Sox
3. Padres 13. Rangers 23. Mets
4. Pirates 14. Indians 24. Yankees
5. Orioles 15. Diamondbacks 25. Brewers
6. Giants 16. Dodgers 26. Phillies
7. Braves 17. Marlins 27. Red Sox
8. Reds 18. Cardinals 28. Rays
9. Tigers 19. Blue Jays 29. Cubs
10. Rockies 20. Astros 30. Angels
9a. Nationals (for failure to sign 2008 first-rounder Aaron Crow)
20a. Mariners (if they fail to sign 2008 first-rounder Joshua Fields)
25. Angels (from Mets for Francisco Rodriguez, Type A)
26. Angels (from Yankees for Mark Teixeira, Type A)
28. Mariners (from Phillies for Raul Ibanez, Type A)
28a. Yankees (for failure to sign 2008 first-rounder Gerrit Cole)
33. Rockies (from Angels for Brian Fuentes, Type A)
34. Mariners (for Ibanez)
35. Rockies (for Fuentes)
36. Dodgers (for Derek Lowe, Type A, to Braves)
37. Blue Jays (for A.J. Burnett, Type A, to Yankees)
38. Brewers (for C.C. Sabathia, Type A, to Yankees)
39. Angels (for Teixeira)
40. Angels (for Rodriguez)
41. Reds (for Jeremy Affeldt, Type B, to Giants)
42. Rangers (for Milton Bradley, Type B, to Cubs)
43. Diamondbacks (for Brandon Lyon, Type B, to Tigers)
44. Brewers (for Brian Shouse, Type B, to Rays)
45. Angels (for Jon Garland, Type B, to Diamondbacks)
48a. Pirates (for failure to sign 2008 second-rounder Tanner Scheppers)
53. Dodgers (from Braves for Lowe)
70. Brewers (from Yankees for Sabathia)
75a. Yankees (for failure to sign 2008 second-rounder Scott Bittle)
101. Blue Jays (from Yankees for Burnett)
108. Astros (for failure to sign 2008 third-rounder Chase Davidson)