MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers own three of the first 38 selections in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, two of them compensatory picks for the loss of free agent Prince Fielder. Major League Baseball released the final, official Draft order on Tuesday morning. The Brewers will have back-to-back picks in the first round -- No. 27 overall from the Tigers, who signed Fielder in January to a $214 million contract; and No. 28 overall, by virtue of the Brewers' own 2011 record. Milwaukee also gets a "sandwich pick" between the first and second rounds, at No. 38 overall, for Fielder's departure. The Brewers qualified for compensation because they offered arbitration to Fielder, who was a Type A free agent under the now-defunct Elias rankings system.
The Brewers' second-round pick is No. 92 overall, and they get every 30th selection after that, through 40 rounds. The 2012 Draft will run three days, from June 4-6. Day 1 coverage includes the first round and the first compensation round, and will air live on MLB Network and MLB.com beginning at 6 p.m. CT. Baseball's Draft will change in 2013 thanks to the game's new collective bargaining agreement, which does away with the Elias rankings and will lead to far fewer compensatory picks. Under the new system, a team seeking Draft compensation must offer a free agent a guaranteed, one-year contract equal to the average salary of the 125 highest-paid players in MLB, an amount believed to be about $12 million. If a player turns down such an offer and signs elsewhere, his former team gets his new team's first-round Draft pick. In another significant change, free agents must have been with their team the entire previous season to qualify as compensation-eligible. Of the Brewers' pending free agents, right-hander Zack Greinke is the most likely to reap Draft compensation, should he depart.