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.
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*
Kansas City Royals
San Diego Padres
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