The 2020 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft will be held this year over two days, June 10 and 11, and will be entirely televised on the MLB Network.

Those were the highlights of a package released by the league to the media on Saturday. Some other key notes:

  • First round begins at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 10. This will be the only round held on that first day and will encompass picks 1-37 which includes the supplemental first round
  • Second round begins at 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 11 with subsequent four rounds to follow totaling 160 remaining selections
  • Each team will have a point person assigned to a “war room” at their residence or a team facility with a camera installed there by the MLB Network, similar to what happened with last month’s NFL Draft

Per an article by Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic back in early May:

The March agreement between the owners and players established a minimum of five rounds and kept signing bonus values the same for 2020 as they were in 2019. Those bonuses, however, will be heavily deferred. Teams will pay drafted players a maximum of $100,000 this year, with 50 percent of the remainder coming on July 1, 2021 and the other 50 percent on July 1, 2022.

Players who are not selected during the draft will be considered free agents but cannot sign for more than $20,000. This means that many such college players will likely return to school and come out next year when hopefully a more normal draft structure is in place. Any high schoolers not chosen are almost certainly going to attend college and come out when first eligible in either 2022 or 2023.

Phillies could go college pitcher in first round of unusual 2020 MLB Amateur Draft

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