Nothing is normal in 2020, and that includes the MLB Draft.
This year, with the coronavirus destroying the sports landscape, the draft is going to be shortened to just five rounds, way down from the usual 40-round renditions we’ve seen in years past. This could result in lots of moving parts: high schoolers attending college, juniors in college staying for their senior years and a seemingly endless number of undrafted free agents potentially being signed.
Originally, the MLB Draft was in for a major change: pushing the date back a week to allow college players to attend while shifting the event from MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J. to Omaha, Neb., the site of the College World Series. Unfortunately, those changes will have to wait a year, as the coronavirus is forcing the draft to happen virutally, a la the 2020 NFL Draft.
Aside from those minor, minuscule changes, it’s business as usual for the 2020 MLB Draft.
Below is all you need to know about the 2020 MLB Draft, including TV channels and start times for both days, plus the order of all 160 picks in the coronavirus-shortened draft.
When is the MLB Draft in 2020?
- Dates: Wednesday, June 10 (Round 1) | Thursday, June 11 (Rounds 2-5)
- Start times: 7 p.m. ET (Wednesday) | 5 p.m. ET (Thursday)
- TV channels: ESPN, MLB Network
- Live stream: ESPN app
MLB’s 2020 first-year player draft takes place June 10-11 starting with the entire first round and Competitive Balance Round A (selections 1-37) shown in prime time Wednesday. The remaining four rounds are set for Thursday.
What time does the MLB Draft start?
The first round of the 2020 MLB Draft is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 10. The first round consists of 37 picks in total, including the first Competitive Balance round. The draft resumes on Thursday, June 11 at 5 p.m. ET with Rounds 2-5.
|1||Wednesday||June 10||7 p.m. ET|
|2-5||Thursday||June 11||5 p.m. ET|
MLB Draft TV schedule
Both ESPN and MLB Network will provide live coverage of the first round of the draft, which includes picks 1-29 and seven Competitive Balance Round A selections (30-27). MLB Network will again offer full coverage of the draft on Day 2, while ESPN’s coverage shifts to ESPN2.
Greg Amsinger, Al Leiter, Dan O’Dowd, Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian will lead MLB Network’s broadcast from its studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.
ESPN has not announced its on-air plans. This is the first time in the history of the MLB Draft with two networks producing live, prime-time coverage.
|Round||Day||Start time||TV channels|
|1||Wednesday, June 10||7 p.m. ET||ESPN, MLB Network|
|2-5||Thursday, June 11||5 p.m. ET||ESPN2, MLB Network|
Where is the MLB Draft in 2020?
Originally scheduled to be held on site at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., MLB was forced to drastically alter its plans for the draft due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, general managers and other team front office staff will make their selections virtually.
MLB Draft length, picks for 2020
In total, 160 picks will be made across five rounds in the 2020 MLB Draft. MLB officials decided to cut the draft from 40 rounds to five due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams are permitted to sign an unlimited numbers of undrafted players in 2020 to account for the abbreviated draft.
MLB Draft order 2020
The first round of this year’s draft goes as follows:
|4.||Kansas City Royals||59-103|
|5.||Toronto Blue Jays||67-95|
|8.||San Diego Padres||70-92|
|10.||Los Angeles Angels||72-90|
|11.||Chicago White Sox||72-89|
|13.||San Francisco Giants||77-85|
|17.||Boston Red Sox||84-78|
|19.||New York Mets||86-76|
|21.||St. Louis Cardinals||91-71|
|24.||Tampa Bay Rays||96-66|
|28.||New York Yankees||103-59|
|29.||Los Angeles Dodgers||106-56|
For complete order including, including Competitive Balance Round A picks, click here.
Note: The Astros have forfeited their first-round pick as punishment for the sign-stealing scandal.