2020 MLB Draft: Date, Time, TV Channel, Draft Order, How to Watch

The 2020 MLB Draft will take place on June 10 and 11. Yet, this draft will be like none other for both the league and the prospects. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event will be virtual just like others before it this year. However, the more impactful change is the length of the draft. Major League Baseball has decided to cut down the 2020 MLB Draft from 40 rounds to just five. In that move, hundreds of players will lose the opportunity to head to the pros in 2020.

In order to counteract the move, MLB has passed a measure that teams can sign an unlimited amount of players following the 2020 MLB Draft for up to $20,000. Even with that, this draft will not be like any before it in recent years.

Still, despite the lack of rounds, teams will have a chance to build for their future. That included the Baltimore Orioles, who once again own one of the top picks. A year after taking Adley Rutschman No. 1 overall, the Orioles will select second overall in 2020. With that pick, there will be plenty of players who can shape the franchise for years to come.

The first 37 picks of the 2020 MLB Draft (first round and Competitive Balance Round A) will take place on Wednesday, June 10, while the remainder of the 160 picks will take place on Thursday, June 11. The draft will be broadcasted on MLB Network and ESPN platforms. 

The Detroit Tigers will lead off the first round, which will only contain 29 picks after the Houston Astros forfeited their first round pick due to the sign-stealing scandal. 

Here's everything you need to know about the 2020 MLB Draft:

2020 MLB DRAFT: HOW TO WATCH

What: 2020 Major League Baseball Draft

When: Day 1: Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET, Day 2: Thursday, June 11, 5 p.m. ET

Where: The 2020 MLB Draft will be in a virtual environment due to the coronavirus pandemic

Broadcast: The 2020 MLB Draft can be viewed on MLB Network and ESPN on Day 1 and MLB Network and ESPN on Day 2.

2020 MLB DRAFT FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

*Picks 30-37 are Competitive Balance Round A picks*

  1. Detroit Tigers

  2. Baltimore Orioles

  3. Miami Marlins

  4. Kansas City Royals

  5. Toronto Blue Jays

  6. Seattle Mariners

  7. Pittsburgh Pirates

  8. San Diego Padres

  9. Colorado Rockies

  10. Los Angeles Angels

  11. Chicago White Sox

  12. Cincinnati Reds

  13. San Francisco Giants

  14. Texas Rangers

  15. Philadelphia Phillies

  16. Chicago Cubs

  17. Boston Red Sox

  18. Arizona Diamondbacks

  19. New York Mets

  20. Milwaukee Brewers

  21. St. Louis Cardinals

  22. Washington Nationals

  23. Cleveland Indians

  24. Tampa Bay Rays

  25. Atlanta Braves

  26. Oakland Athletics

  27. Minnesota Twins

  28. New York Yankees

  29. Los Angeles Dodgers

  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

 

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2020 MLB Draft: Date, Time, TV Channel, Draft Order, How to Watch originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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