Major League Baseball released the complete 2011 draft order this afternoon, and the Nationals learned they received the 23rd pick, where the Chicago White Sox would have picked in the first round, and the 34th pick, the very first pick in Compensatory Round A, as compensation for losing Adam Dunn to free agency. Along with the sixth overall choice, earned thanks to their 69-93 record, the Nationals have three of the first 34 picks.
It’s a great opportunity to add talent, but it will mean a significant financial commitment in terms or signing bonuses. Last year, the Nationals signed Bryce Harper, Sammy Solis, A.J. Cole and Robbie Ray with signing bonuses well over the MLB-recommended slot.
The Nationals lost the 66th overall pick, the sixth choice in the second round, to the Phillies because they signed Jayson Werth as a free agent. The Phillies also received the 39th overall pick as compensation. The Nationals’ first-round pick, since it’s in the top 18 choices, was protected. That’s why they get the White Sox’ first-round pick for Dunn but only lose a second-round choice for signing Werth. Both players were Type A free agents.
Dunn, by the way, is 5 for 29 with six walks, a homer and a double, which comes to a .227/.414/.409 slash line.
The full order can be seen here.