Dodgers Get Seventh Pick in 2006 Draft

The Dodgers receive a dubious gift of sorts for suffering through a most difficult season. They will get the seventh selection in the 2006 draft, the fourth highest in the National League. All things considered, it would be much nicer to draft last.

A 106-loss season gives the Kansas City Royals the first pick, followed by the Rockies, Devil Rays, Pirates and Mariners.

The Padres, despite winning the N.L. West title, still draft in the 17th position die to their 82-80 record.

The Dodgers first selection in 2005 was Luke Hochevar who, after negotiating all through the summer, declined their last offer, ending -- at least for a time -- any discussions with the right handed pitcher. The 2006 draft looks thin on position players after 17 position players were taken in the first 30 picked in 2005. Teams will more than likely be aiming at pitchers next year but college players change as their season progresses so that is just an estimate.

Teams have been leaning more toward college players over high schoolers in recent years, and that probably won't change much.

It is probable that the teams selections in the first few rounds will change because of free-agent compensation.

The complete 2006 draft order:

1. Royals (56-106)
2. Rockies (67-95)
3. Devil Rays (67-95)
4. Pirates (67-95)
5. Mariners (69-93)

6. Tigers (71-91)
7. Dodgers (71-91)
8. Reds (73-89)
9. Orioles (74-88)
10. Giants (75-87)

11. Diamondbacks (77-85)
12. Rangers (79-83)
13. Cubs (79-83)
14. Blue Jays (80-82)
15. Nationals (81-81)

16. Brewers (81-81)
17. Padres (82-80)
18. Mets (83-79)
19. Marlins (83-79)
20. Twins (83-79)

21. Phillies (88-74)
22. Athletics (88-74)
23. Astros (89-73)
24. Braves (90-72)
25. Indians (93-69)

26. Angels (95-67)
27. Red Sox (95-67)
28. Yankees (95-67)
29. White Sox (99-63)
30. Cardinals (100-62)

Owners are currently working on changes to the draft. Their current priorities are moving the draft to the end of June, establishing a universal signing deadline in August and setting up a draft combine to evaluate top prospects.

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