It's time for the 2018 MLB Draft, an exciting event for baseball fans everywhere. For us fans of the Padres, we get another chance to see AJ Preller and his team in their element, adding onto what is dubbed by many as the top (or close to the top) farm system in baseball.
As has become the standard, MLB Network and MLB.com will kick off coverage of the draft with a preview show at 3 p.m. PT. This will follow with live pick-by-pick coverage, consisting of Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A picks. Round 2 and Competetive Balance Round B will only be streamed in MLB.com. You can find the full broadcast/streaming schedule of the draft below.
The Padres are picking 7th in the draft this year. Today they have a pick in the first round and one pick in each of the Competitive Balance Rounds, but no pick in Round 2 (a result of the Eric Hosmer signing). This is the third year in a row the Padres get a top-10 pick in the draft. They previously used their top-10 picks on exciting pitchers, Cal Quantrill in 2016 and Mackenzie Gore in 2017 - both currently ranked in the top 40 prospects in all of baseball. Other notable picks from recent years include 2016's Eric Lauer and Joey Lucchesi, who have both landed in the Padres starting rotation this season, and 2015's Phil Maton, who has become an important bullpen asset for the big league club.
While it seems like the Padres system is loaded with arms, don't expect Preller and his team to shy away from even more pitchers this year, particularly if there are strong lefties on the board when the Padres' picks come up. Other than that, they will probably be looking for some power-hitting outfielders who can add some depth to that area.
2018 MLB Draft Day 1 Coverage
Date: Monday, June 4
Time: Preview show 3 p.m. / Draft Coverage 4 p.m.
TV: MLB Network (first 43 picks)
Streaming: MLB.com (all 78 picks)
Day 1 Draft Order
7. San Diego Padres
13. Miami Marlins
14. Seattle Mariners
15. Texas Rangers
16. Tampa Bay Rays
20. Minnesota Twins
22. Colorado Rockies
23. New York Yankees
24. Chicago Cubs
26. Boston Red Sox
28. Houston Astros
31. Tampa Bay Rays (compensation for Alex Cobb - signed with Orioles)
32. Tampa Bay Rays (compensation for not signing Drew Rasmussen)
33. Kansas City Royals (compensation for Lorenzo Cain - signed with Brewers)
34. Kansas City Royals (compensation for Eric Hosmer - signed with Padres)
35. Cleveland Indians (compensation for Carlos Santana - signed with Phillies)
Competitive Balance Round A
46. White Sox
52. Blue Jays
64. Red Sox
75. Cardinals (compensation for Lance Lynn - signed with Twins)
76. Rockies (compensation for Greg Holland - signed with Cardinals)
77. Cubs (compensation for Wade Davis - signed with Rockies)
78. Cubs (compensation for Jake Arrieta - signed with Phillies)