PHOENIX — MLB has released the 2012 draft order. The Pirates have the eighth overall pick in the first round — their latest opening-round selection since 2005, when they nabbed Andrew McCutchen with the 11th pick. In each of the past six years, the club owned one of the first four picks.
The Pirates also will get the 45th overall pick as compensation for losing free agent Ryan Doumit, the 69th pick (second round), the 103rd pick (third round) and the 136th pick (fourth round). The draft will begin at 7 p.m. June 4
The Houston Astros got a comp pick at No. 41 because the Pirates signed free agent Clint Barmes. The Los Angeles Dodgers will choose at No. 51 as compensation for the Pirates’ signing of Rod Barajas. Four teams — the Blue Jays, Cardinals, Red Sox and Brewers — have two first-round picks. The Cardinals will make five of the first 59 selections.
»»» Before the game yesterday, manager Clint Hurdle gushed about how Chase Field is a hitter-friendly park. That didn’t help the Pirates, though, who collected just six hits in a 5-1 loss. Perhaps this explains it: Since the start of the 2006 season, the D’backs are 15-5 (.750) against the Pirates at Chase Field. That’s their best home record against any NL team in that timeframe. Consider, too, that the D’backs have won 27 of their past 31 games at Chase Field, dating back to last season and including a pair of playoff victories.
»»» D’Backs OF Justin Upton is getting MRI on jammed thumb and might go on the DL. Chris Young is in center field tonight for Arizona.
»»» RHP A.J. Burnett will arrive at Chase Field later tonight. He will throw a side tomorrow in front of pitching coach Ray Searage, then fly back to Pittsburgh with the team. Burnett will make his fourth rehab start Saturday with Double-A Altoona. “One more start and then we’ll go from there, barring any setbacks,” manager Clint Hurdle said. Burnett seems likely to make his Pirates debut on the road against Atlanta. Monday, Burnett pitched for Triple-A Indianapolis and allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings. He walked four, struck out none and gave up two homers, including a solo shot by ex-Bucco Brad “Big Country” Eldred.
Game 11: Pirates @ Arizona, 9:40 p.m. ET
Pirates (3-7): 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Nate McLouth rf, 3. Andrew McCutchen rf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Garrett Jones 1b, 6. Rod Barajas c, 7. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. Jeff Karstens rhp (0-1, 3.27)
Diamondbacks (7-3): 1. Willie Bloomquist ss, 2. Gerardo Parra lf, 3. Chris Young cf, 4. Miguel Montero c, 5. Jason Kubel rf, 6. Ryan Roberts 3b, 7. Lyle Overbay 1b, 8. Aaron Hill 2b, 9. Ian Kennedy rhp (2-0, 2.84)