Major League Baseball announced today that the 2009 First-Year Player Draft will be held in Studio 42 at MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Draft will begin live on MLB Network at 6:00 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, June 9th.
The 2009 First-Year Player Draft will expand from two days to three days, with the final two days being conducted via conference call from MLB headquarters in New York City. The first day will consist of the first 111 picks, including Round One, Compensation Round A, Round Two, Round Three and Compensation Round B. On Wednesday, June 10th, the Draft will resume in the fourth round at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) and will be tentatively scheduled to go through the 30th round. The Draft will conclude on Thursday, June 11th, which is set to cover the 31st-50th rounds.
MLB Network will broadcast the selections made in the first round live. Beginning with the compensation round (the 33rd overall pick), MLB.com will air a live video stream from Studio 42 for the remainder of the day's selections. MLB Tonight also will provide coverage and analysis as the Draft continues to unfold.
Beginning the following day, MLB.com will offer comprehensive live programming of the Draft's final two days, including a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and the exclusive Draft Tracker, a searchable database of every draft-eligible player, featuring statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.
"Major League Baseball is very pleased that MLB Network will host our First-Year Player Draft in Studio 42," said Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "As the Draft has gained more prominence in recent years, fans have embraced it with great enthusiasm. With the continued support of MLB.com and now the advent of the MLB Network, we are enthusiastic about the possibilities to continue to grow this event."
"When we started plotting out our programming schedule, the First-Year Player Draft was definitely one of the dates we circled on the baseball calendar," said Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Network.
"We're looking forward to Studio 42 being the backdrop for the beginning of many promising baseball careers."
MLB Network launched in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes on January 1, 2009 as the largest debut in cable television history, exceeding any other cable television launch by approximately 20 million. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans. For more information, go to mlbnetwork.com.
The selection order of the First-Year Player Draft is determined by the reverse order of finish at the close of the previous championship season. The Washington Nationals will have the first selection of the 2009 Draft.
Compensation picks have been assigned to Clubs whose Type A or Type B free agents signed with other Clubs and/or to Clubs who did not sign a player who was chosen in the first three rounds of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. Five clubs will have a pair of first round choices: the Nationals (first and 10th); the Seattle Mariners (second and 27th); the Colorado Rockies (11th and 32nd); the Arizona Diamondbacks (16th and 17th); and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (24th and 25th).
The Draft will have 50 rounds and will conclude after all 30 teams have passed on a selection or after the final selection of the 50th round, whichever comes first. Please see the accompanying file for the 2009 First-Year Player Draft's complete order, which is subject to change based on other potential signings.
Select Read More to see the 2009 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT ORDER OF SELECTION (As of 4/28/09*)
Click to view the 2009 MLB Draft Selection Order (PDF)
Source: Major League Baseball
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