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Cards have five of first 59 picks in '12 Draft

Cards have five of first 59 picks in '12 Draft

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ST. LOUIS -- Major League Baseball has finalized the selection order for the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, and that order features five of the first 59 picks going to the Cardinals.

St. Louis acquired four compensation picks due to player departures this winter. Albert Pujols' decision to sign with the Angels landed the Cards two of those picks. They take Los Angeles' first-round selection (No. 19 overall), as well as a compensation pick (No. 36). In between, St. Louis will also make its own first-round selection (No. 23).

The club also landed picks for losing Type B free agents Octavio Dotel (No. 52) and Edwin Jackson (No. 59). The Cardinals are the only team that will select five players through the first 59 picks. Toronto has five of the first 60 selections. The first overall selection will go to the Astros, who had the Majors' worst record in 2011.

The three-day Draft will begin at 6 p.m. CT on June 4, and all Day 1 picks will be televised live on MLB Network and MLB.com. Rounds two through 10 will follow on June 5, with the Draft then concluding the next day. Baseball's new Basic Agreement has shortened the Draft from 50 rounds to 40.

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