MLB Draft will only have 5 rounds in 2020, normally 40

Major League Baseball announces shortened draft for 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic
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Major League Baseball announces shortened draft for 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic

Major League Baseball made a major decision on their draft in 2020. There will only be five rounds on June 10, where normally there would be 40.

Last year, 1,217 players were drafted by teams, this season, five rounds only allows for 160 players total to hear their names called by an MLB team.

Many are calling this an ‘owner-driven’ decision, as drafting more players means more expenses. In a year where there will be a severely shortened season in the MLB, if one at all, cost is a huge factor.

Here are more details on the decision:

This will have a big impact on college baseball players who had their senior seasons canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. In our article in April, we detailed how local baseball players in Washington would make their decision on whether to take the NCAA up on an extra year of eligibility depending on the draft. They said if there was a much smaller possibility of them being drafted, they would return for another season. That impacts each university on how much scholarship they will have to provide.