2010 Draft Order finalizedBy
Now that the Rod Barajas deal is official, all of the Type-A/B free agents are accounted for and the selection order for the 2010 draft is set. The Yankees didn’t lose or gain any picks this year, so they’ll be picking 33rd overall, then 82nd, 112th, 145th, and every 30 picks thereafter. It’s just the second time the Yanks have had as many as four of the top 145 picks since 2006, and the second time since 2003 that they didn’t gain or lose any picks because of free agent compensation.
The Blue Jays have a chance to do some real damage this year, because free agent compensation (Barajas, Marco Scutaro) and failing to sign three top picks in 2009 give them ten of the first 126 picks. Those same ten picks earned $9.2M last season, more than Toronto spent on their last two drafts combined, so it’ll be interesting to see how new GM Alex Anthopoulos and the game’s largest scouting department approach this. They need them, because their farm system is still pretty weak despite the Scott Rolen and Roy Halladay trades. The Angels also have a bevy of extra picks, including three of the first 30, and five of the first 40.