2020 Major League Baseball draft
The 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft took place on June 10 and 11, 2020. The draft assigned amateur baseball players to Major League Baseball (MLB) teams. The draft order was set based on the reverse order of the 2019 MLB season standings. In addition, compensation picks were distributed for players who did not sign from the 2019 MLB draft and for teams who lost qualifying free agents. On March 26, 2020, MLB and the MLBPA reached a deal that included the option to shorten the draft to five rounds, and also shorten the 2021 draft to 20 rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a plan to allow teams to sign an unlimited number of undrafted players for $20,000 each, MLB ultimately opted to shorten the 2020 draft to five rounds. The draft was originally planned to be hosted live for the first time in Omaha, Nebraska, to accompany the since-cancelled 2020 College World Series. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the draft was instead held remotely from MLB Network's studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. With sponsorship from T-Mobile, the event was officially the 2020 MLB Draft Presented by T-Mobile, with ESPN providing live coverage for the first time since 2008, alongside MLB Network.
|2020 Major League Baseball draft|
|Date(s)||June 10–11, 2020|
Omaha, Nebraska (original planned location)
|160 total selections in 5 rounds|
|First selection||Spencer Torkelson|
|First round selections||37|
The Detroit Tigers, who had the worst record of the 2019 MLB season, selected Spencer Torkelson with the first overall pick in the draft. As punishment for their role in the sign stealing scandal, the Houston Astros forfeited their first- and second-round picks in the draft. The Boston Red Sox also forfeited their second-round pick in the draft as punishment for their own sign-stealing violations. Among the selected players, there were 41 who had played for the United States national baseball team and 2 who had played for the Canada national baseball team.
|*||Player did not sign|
Competitive Balance Round AEdit
Competitive Balance Round BEdit
|61||Kyle Nicolas||Miami Marlins||Pitcher||Ball State|
|62||Daniel Cabrera||Detroit Tigers||Outfielder||LSU|
|63||Tink Hence||St. Louis Cardinals||Pitcher||Watson Chapel High School (AR)|
|64||Connor Phillips||Seattle Mariners[Trades 2]||Pitcher||McLennan Community College|
|65||Jackson Miller||Cincinnati Reds||Catcher||J. W. Mitchell High School (FL)|
|66||Clayton Beeter||Los Angeles Dodgers||Pitcher||Texas Tech|
|67||Nick Swiney||San Francisco Giants[Compensation 1]||Pitcher||NC State|
|68||Jimmy Glowenke||San Francisco Giants[Compensation 2]||Shortstop||Dallas Baptist|
|69||Isaiah Greene||New York Mets[Compensation 3]||Outfielder||Corona High School (CA)|
|70||Alec Burleson||St. Louis Cardinals[Compensation 4]||Outfielder||East Carolina|
|71||Sammy Infante||Washington Nationals[Compensation 5]||Shortstop||Monsignor Edward Pace High School (FL)|
|72||Alex Santos||Houston Astros[Compensation 6]||Pitcher||Mount Saint Michael Academy (NY)|
Selections by school and conference or stateEdit
|Conference||Round 1||CB Round A||Round 2||CB Round B||Comp Round||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Total|
|High school baseball states|
|NCAA Division I baseball conferences|
|NCAA Division II baseball conferences|
|NCAA Division III baseball conferences|
|NJCAA baseball conferences|
Selections by positionEdit
|Position||Round 1||CB Round A||Round 2||CB Round B||Comp Round||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Total|
Schools with multiple draft selectionsEdit
|4||Michigan, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt|
|3||Louisville, U. of Miami, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas A&M|
|2||Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Dallas Baptist, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Long Beach State, LSU, NC State, Ole Miss, San Diego State, San Jacinto College North, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia Tech|
- Compensation picks
- Compensation pick for the Arizona Diamondbacks signing Madison Bumgarner
- Compensation pick for the Atlanta Braves signing Will Smith
- Compensation pick for the Philadelphia Phillies signing Zack Wheeler
- Compensation pick for the Atlanta Braves signing Marcell Ozuna
- Compensation pick for the Los Angeles Angels signing Anthony Rendon
- Compensation pick for the New York Yankees signing Gerrit Cole
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