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MLB Draft 2020 dates, start time, pick order, TV channels & more to know for shortened baseball draft

MLB Draft 2020 dates, start time, pick order, TV channels & more to know for shortened baseball draft 1

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.

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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.

RoundDayDateStart time
1WednesdayJune 107 p.m. ET
2-5ThursdayJune 115 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.

RoundDayStart timeTV channels
1Wednesday, June 107 p.m. ETESPN, MLB Network
2-5Thursday, June 115 p.m. ETESPN2, 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:

PickTeam2019 record
1.Detroit Tigers47-114
2.Baltimore Orioles54-108
3.Miami Marlins57-105
4.Kansas City Royals59-103
5.Toronto Blue Jays67-95
6.Seattle Mariners68-94
7.Pittsburgh Pirates69-93
8.San Diego Padres70-92
9.Colorado Rockies71-91
10.Los Angeles Angels72-90
11.Chicago White Sox72-89
12.Cincinnati Reds75-87
13.San Francisco Giants77-85
14.Texas Rangers78-84
15.Philadelphia Phillies81-81
16.Chicago Cubs84-78
17.Boston Red Sox84-78
18.Arizona Diamondbacks85-77
19.New York Mets86-76
20.Milwaukee Brewers89-73
21.St. Louis Cardinals91-71
22.Washington Nationals93-69
23.Cleveland Indians93-69
24.Tampa Bay Rays96-66
25.Atlanta Braves97-65
26.Oakland A’s97-65
27.Minnesota Twins101-61
28.New York Yankees103-59
29.Los Angeles Dodgers106-56

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.

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