ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers will get the 15th overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft as compensation for not signing 2010 first-rounder Dylan Covey, a spokesperson for Major League Baseball confirmed Friday.
Teams that fail to sign first- or second-round picks are compensated with the same slot plus one in the next year's Draft, in addition to their regular pick. But there was some confusion as the dust settled after Monday's deadline to sign 2010 Draft picks as to whether the Brewers' compensation would be affected by two other first-rounders who got away.
Texas A&M right-hander Barret Loux (No. 6 overall) did not sign with the D-backs after he failed a physical, and prep right-hander Karsten Whitson (No. 9) didn't like the Padres' offer and will attend the University of Florida instead. Covey went at No. 14 overall to the Brewers.
But according to MLB, those other players do not impact the Brewers' compensation. Thus, the D-backs will get pick No. 7, the Padres will get No. 10 and the Brewers No. 15. The rest of the Draft order, including those teams' regular picks, is built around those compensatory picks.
"It is a little confusing, isn't it?" said amateur scouting director Bruce Seid. "It will help take the place of this year's loss. We'll look forward to putting some more players in the system. It's looking like a pretty good Draft."
The compensatory picks are not protected in the same way as a regular first-rounder. In other words, if the Brewers select a player next year with that 15th pick and he does not sign, the team does not get an extra pick in 2012.
Since a new set of Draft rules was instituted prior to 2007, which included a moved-up signing deadline and new compensation for unsigned picks, the number of unsigned first-rounders has increased by one each year. In the first year, every first-round pick came to terms. In '08, there was just one unsigned player -- Aaron Crow, who was taken No. 9 overall by the Nationals. A year ago, two players -- Matt Purke and LeVon Washington -- didn't sign, giving the Rangers and Rays compensation picks in June's Draft.