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Draft : : Story
2012 MLB Draft: Final Draft Order
Patrick Ebert        
Published: Friday, April 13, 2012

For only the third time in the existence of the organization, the Houston Astros will pick first overall in the upcoming MLB Draft, to be conducted June 4-6.

Their previous two selections, Floyd Bannister in 1976 and Phil Nevin in 1992, both enjoyed productive careers at the Major League level, although neither spent much time in the Astros organization after both were traded early in their professional careers.

Reports indicate that the Astros are targeting pitching, likely at the college level, with Louisiana State's Kevin Gausman, San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer, Stanford's Mark Appel and Texas A&M's Michael Wacha being the most frequently mentioned names. Florida catcher Mike Zunino continues to make a case for the No. 1 overall pick as well as he builds from his promising sophomore year in which he was named the MVP of the SEC.

While the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has already changed a lot to the logistics and overall structure of how draft picks are assigned, further changes to be implemented in 2013 will give the draft after this year a significantly different look.

Compensation picks for free agents will be drastically reduced, as only players that sign for a one-year contract equivalent of the top 125 players in the game will garner a compensatory selection. In addition, players must spend the entire season with the team they finished with the previous season to be eligible for compensation.

There will be new Competitive Balance Lottery in which six picks were be awarded to teams in a supplemental draft round following both rounds one and two. As part of this process, 10 teams with the lowest revenues from the previous season and 10 teams from the smallest markets will be given the opportunity to gain one of these extra picks.

An additional lottery process will be instituted should any teams forfeit their picks by not adhering to MLB's newly instituted draft pools.

Due to the institution of the draft pools, speculation continues to vary on how much it will affect this year's draft. Most seem to be in agreement that it is likely we will see more high school players attend college, at least initially until teams, players and advisors all get accustomed to the new rules and the long-term ramifications.

The draft pools will not restrict a team like the Astros from signing the first overall pick, as it has already been determined that they will have $7.2 million allotted to them to sign whoever they select.

To read more about the changes to the draft through the new CBA, and to also view more details as to how the compensatory picks were awarded, please visit this feature. The 2012 raw draft order, which includes a three-year history of each's team's first overall selection from the 2009-2011 drafts, can be found here.

Stay tuned to Perfect Game in the coming weeks for increased coverage of the 2012 MLB Draft. To view all of PG's draft content, please visit the Draft Page and the 2012 Draft Preview/Schedule page.  Perfect Game's Director of Scouting, David Rawnsley, will take his first stab at how the first and supplemental first round will shake out on Tuesday, April 17.

First Round

Pick (Ov) Pick (Rd) Team
1 1 Astros
2 2 Twins
3 3 Mariners
4 4 Orioles
5 5 Royals
6 6 Cubs
7 7 Padres
8 8 Pirates
9 9 Marlins
10 10 Rockies
11 11 Athletics
12 12 Mets
13 13 White Sox
14 14 Reds
15 15 Indians
16 16 Nationals
17 17 Blue Jays
18 18 Dodgers
19 19 Cardinals (from Angels for Albert Pujols)
20 20 Giants
21 21 Braves
22 22 Blue Jays (for unsigned pick Tyler Beede)
23 23 Cardinals
24 24 Red Sox
25 25 Rays
26 26 Diamondbacks
27 27 Brewers (from Tigers for Prince Fielder)
28 28 Brewers
29 29 Rangers
30 30 Yankees
31 31 Red Sox (from Phillies for Jonathan Papelbon)

Supplemental First Round

Pick (Ov) Pick (Rd) Team
32 1 Twins (for Michael Cuddyer)
33 2 Padres (for Heath Bell)
34 3 Athletics (for Josh Willingham)
35 4 Mets (for Jose Reyes)
36 5 Cardinals (for Pujols)
37 6 Red Sox (for Papelbon)
38 7 Brewers (for Fielder)
39 8 Rangers (for C.J. Wilson)
40 9 Phillies (for Ryan Madson)
41 10 Astros (for Clint Barmes)
42 11 Twins (for Jason Kubel)
43 12 Cubs (for Aramis Ramirez)
44 13 Padres (for Aaron Harang)
45 14 Pirates (for Ryan Doumit)
46 15 Rockies (for Mark Ellis)
47 16 Athletics (for David DeJesus)
48 17 White Sox (for Mark Buehrle)
49 18 Reds (for Ramon Hernandez)
50 19 Blue Jays (for Frank Francisco)
51 20 Dodgers (for Rod Barajas)
52 21 Cardinals (for Octavio Dotel)
53 22 Rangers (for Darren Oliver)
54 23 Phillies (for Raul Ibanez)
55 24 Padres (for unsigned pick Brett Austin)
56 25 Cubs (for Carlos Pena)
57 26 Reds (for Francisco Cordero)
58 27 Blue Jays (for Jon Rauch)
59 28 Cardinals (for Edwin Jackson)
60 29 Blue Jays (for Jose Molina)

Second Round

Pick (Ov) Pick (Rd) Team
61 1 Astros
62 2 Athletics (Willingham)
63 2 Twins
64 3 Mariners
65 4 Orioles
66 5 Royals
67 6 Cubs
68 7 Padres
69 8 Pirates
70 9 Padres (Bell)
71 10 Mets (from Marlins for Reyes)
72 11 Twins (Cuddyer)
73 12 Rockies
74 13 Athletics
75 14 Mets
76 15 White Sox
77 16 Phillies (Madson)
78 17 Reds
79 18 Indians
80 19 Nationals
81 20 Blue Jays
82 21 Dodgers
83 22 Rangers (from Angels for Wilson)
84 23 Giants
85 24 Braves
86 25 Cardinals
87 26 Red Sox
88 27 Rays
89 28 Yankees (for unsigned pick Sam Stafford)
90 29 Diamondbacks
91 30 Tigers
92 31 Brewers
93 32 Rangers
94 33 Yankees
95 34 Phillies

Third Round

Pick (Ov) Pick (Rd) Team
96 1 Astros
97 2 Twins
98 3 Mariners
99 4 Orioles
100 5 Royals
101 6 Cubs
102 7 Padres
103 8 Pirates
104 9 Marlins
105 10 Rockies
106 11 Athletics
107 12 Mets
108 13 White Sox
109 14 Reds
110 15 Indians
111 16 Nationals
112 17 Blue Jays
113 18 Dodgers
114 19 Angels
115 20 Giants
116 21 Braves
117 22 Cardinals
118 23 Red Sox
119 24 Rays
120 25 Diamondbacks
121 26 Tigers
122 27 Brewers
123 28 Rangers
124 29 Yankees
125 30 Phillies

Supplemental Third Round

Pick (Ov) Pick (Rd) Team
126 1 Mariners (for unsigned pick Kevin Cron)
127 2 Marlins (for unsigned pick Connor Barron)
128 3 Rockies (for unsigned pick Peter O'Brien)

Fourth Round

Pick (Ov) Pick (Rd) Team
129 1 Astros
130 2 Twins
131 3 Mariners
132 4 Orioles
133 5 Royals
134 6 Cubs
135 7 Padres
136 8 Pirates
137 9 Marlins
138 10 Rockies
139 11 Athletics
140 12 Mets
141 13 White Sox
142 14 Reds
143 15 Indians
144 16 Nationals
145 17 Blue Jays
146 18 Dodgers
147 19 Angels
148 20 Giants
149 21 Braves
150 22 Cardinals
151 23 Red Sox
152 24 Rays
153 25 Diamondbacks
154 26 Tigers
155 27 Brewers
156 28 Rangers
157 29 Yankees
158 30 Phillies

To determine round-by-round picks for each team past the fourth round, add 30 for each round to the team's fourth-round overall pick.

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