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MLB Draft 2016: How to watch and follow along with the First-Year Player Draft

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Everything you need to know to follow the Padres' action in the 2016 Draft.

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Many are saying that this is a make-or-break draft for San Diego Padres general manager AJ Preller. Whether you believe that or not, the 2016 MLB Draft is going to be a big one for our Friars.

The current team hasn't given fans all that much to be excited about, but here we are on the eve of the 2016 Draft, with hope and optimism toward the future still intact. Sure, the Padres don't have a great history of drafting, but the team that Preller has put together has been heralded in the scouting world. If you're a baseball fan, this should be an exciting time for you.

Here's how you can follow along during all three days of the draft:

Day 1 (Thursday, June 9th): Round 1, Competitive Balance Round A, Round 2, Competitive Balance Round B

MLB Network's coverage of the draft will be simulcast online on MLB.com. These first 77 picks are the only ones that will be broadcast on TV. Day 1 starts at 3:00 pm PT with an hour-long preview show, followed by the first day's worth of drafting. There will also be a special preview episode of Padres Social Hour starting at 3:00 pm P.T. if you'd rather watch something more Padres-focused leading up to the Draft. You can catch this on Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports Go, and online at padres.com.

Padres on Day 1:

  • Round 1: 8th, 24th, 25th picks
  • Round 2: 7th pick (48th overall)
  • Lottery Round B: 1st pick (71st overall)

Click here for the full draft order.

Day 2 (Friday, June 10th): Rounds 3-10

After the first day, you can follow along on MLB.com for the remainder of the draft. Day 2 starts at 10:00 am PT. The first Padres pick of the day will be the 8th pick in the 3rd round (48th pick overall). They'll also pick 8th in each subsequent round.

Day 3 (Saturday, June 11th): Rounds 11-40

Once again you can tune in on MLB.com for the final day of the 2016 Draft. Day 3 starts at 9:00 pm PT. The Padres will have the 8th pick in each round.

We'll also have Open Threads here on Gaslamp Ball for each day of the draft for fans to come by and discuss the picks, so check back each day for those and coverage on the Padres' picks.

Helpful links:

SB Nation’s Draft Tracker

Draft Day 1 Open Thread