Major League Baseball announced some details about the 2011 draft, which will officially begin on June 6, 2011 at 7 p.m., and the Nationals will be picking sixth overall, along with 23rd in the first round as compensation for the Chicago White Sox signing Adam Dunn this offseason.
The Nationals will also be selecting 34th overall in the compensation round, between the first and second rounds, another compensation pick for losing Dunn, who was a Type-A free agent this offseason.
That will be it for the Nationals, though, until the third round when they’ll get the sixth pick in the round (96th overall) as they will for the following rounds four through 50. They won’t pick in the second round because their pick (66th overall) was sent to Philadelphia when the Nationals signed right fielder Jayson Werth this offseason.
The Phillies will also pick 39th overall, in the compensation round, as a result of the Nationals signing of Werth.
This will be the first year since 2008 that the Nationals will not have the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. That honor goes to the Pittsburgh Pirates this year. Of course, in the past two drafts, the Nationals selected Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.
The Tampa Bay Rays have the most first-round picks with three — and 10 of the first 60. The Nationals are one of only six teams in the major leagues that hold multiple picks in the first round.
The first day of the draft will feature just the first and compensation rounds with five minutes between picks in the first round and one minute between choices in the compensation round. The draft will then resume at noon on Tuesday, June 7, and also at noon on Wednesday, June 8 until all 50 rounds are completed.