MLB Draft order 2020: Updated list of picks for all 5 rounds & competitive balance selections

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It’s lonely at the top.

For fans of four teams drafting in the top five of the 2020 MLB Draft, it’s bittersweet: they stink right now, but the value of high draft picks can alter the future of a franchise — if they pan out and develop.

The Royals, Orioles, Marlins and Tigers are all picking within the top five again in this year’s MLB Draft, four of the same five from last year’s first five picks. This will be the second time in three years that the Tigers hold the No. 1 overall pick after taking pitcher Casey Mize in the 2018 edition of the draft.

MORE: Everything you need to know about the 2020 MLB Draft

With the coronavirus pandemic upsetting the sports norms, this year’s MLB Draft is a bit different: there are just five rounds in this year’s rendition, when there are usually 40. The shortening of the draft could cause a number of interesting byproducts, including high schoolers who previously decided to enter the draft to attend college instead and students staying in school for their senior years rather than sign as a few examples.

This year, there are also no compensatory picks following the initial 29, with none of the eight qualifying free agents playing for a revenue-sharing team this year. 

That said, there are still your standard picks in the first round, with 29 teams — save the Astros, who had their first-round pick forfeited as part of punishment for their sign-stealing scandal — making selections on Wednesday, June 10. 

Below is the complete MLB Draft order for 2020, including competitive balance and compensation picks.

MLB Draft order 2020

There are five rounds with a total of 160 picks 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.

Note that the Astros forfeited their first-round pick as part of MLB’s penalties for illegally stealing signs.

Round 1

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

Note: There are no Round 1 compensation picks in 2020. 

Competitive Balance Round A

30.Baltimore Orioles
31.Pittsburgh Pirates
32.Kansas City Royals
33.Arizona Diamondbacks
34.San Diego Padres
35.Colorado Rockies
36.Cleveland Indians
37.Tampa Bay Rays (via St. Louis)

Round 2

The Astros and Red Sox forfeited their second-round picks as part of their penalties for illegally stealing signs.

The Angels, Braves, Diamondbacks, Phillies and Yankees forfeited second-round picks for signing qualified free agents.

38. Detroit Tigers
39. Baltimore Orioles
40. Miami Marlins
41. Kansas City Royals
42. Toronto Blue Jays
43. Seattle Mariners
44. Pittsburgh Pirates
45. San Diego Padres
46. Colorado Rockies
47. Chicago White Sox
48. Cincinnati Reds
49. San Francisco Giants
50. Texas Rangers
51. Chicago Cubs
52. New York Mets
53. Milwaukee Brewers
54. St. Louis Cardinals
55. Washington Nationals
56. Cleveland Indians
57. Tampa Bay Rays
58. Oakland A’s
59. Minnesota Twins
60. Los Angeles Dodgers

Competitive Balance Round B

61. Miami Marlins
62. Detroit Tigers
63. St. Louis Cardinals (via Rays)
64. Seattle Mariners (via Brewers)
65. Cincinnati Reds
66. Los Angeles Dodgers (via Twins)

Compensation picks

67. San Francisco Giants
68. San Francisco Giants
69. New York Mets
70. St. Louis Cardinals
71. Washington Nationals
72. Houston Astros

Rounds 3-5

Here is the order for the remaining picks in Rounds 3-5. Note that these picks cannot be traded, so the order of selections following the second round remains the same.

The Twins forfeited their third-round pick for signing Josh Donaldson and the Yankees forfeited their fifth-round pick for signing Gerrit Cole.

Detroit Tigers
Baltimore Orioles
Miami Marlins
Kansas City Royals
Toronto Blue Jays
Seattle Mariners
Pittsburgh Pirates
San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Angels
Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds
San Francisco Giants
Texas Rangers
Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago Cubs
Boston Red Sox
Arizona Diamondbacks
New York Mets
Milwaukee Brewers
St. Louis Cardinals
Washington Nationals
Cleveland Indians
Tampa Bay Rays
Atlanta Braves
Oakland A’s
Minnesota Twins
New York Yankees
Los Angeles Dodgers
Houston Astros

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