2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft took place on June 10–11, 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. MLB ultimately opted to shorten the 2020 draft to five rounds, in a plan to allow teams to sign an unlimited amount of undrafted players for $20,000 each.  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. 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.
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. There were 41 players selected who had played for the  United States national baseball team and 5 players were selected who had played for the  Canada national baseball team.
Draft selections [ edit ]
Player did not sign
First round [ edit ]
Competitive Balance Round A [ edit ]
Second round [ edit ]
Competitive Balance Round B [ edit ]
Compensatory round [ edit ]
Third round [ edit ]
Fourth round [ edit ]
Fifth round [ edit ]
Summary [ edit ]
Selections by school and conference or state [ edit ]
Selections by position [ edit ]
Schools with multiple draft selections [ edit ]
Michigan, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt
Louisville, U. of Miami, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas A&M
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
Further reading [ edit ]
"2020 MLB draft tracker: Analysis, highlights and every pick from Rounds 1 through 5". . June 2020 ESPN . Retrieved . June 12, 2020
Callis, Jim; Mayo, Jonathan; Rosenbaum, Mike (June 12, 2020). "Experts' favorite Draft pick for all 30 teams". MLB.com . Retrieved . June 12, 2020
Callis, Jim (June 10, 2020). "Draft Day 1: Pick-by-pick rundown, analysis". MLB.com . Retrieved . June 11, 2020
Rosenbaum, Mike (June 13, 2020). "Draft Day 2: Pick-by-pick rundown, analysis". MLB.com . Retrieved . June 13, 2020 Zielinski, Dan III (June 5, 2019). "2020 MLB Draft: Top Prospects". baseballprospectjournal.com . Retrieved . June 7, 2019
References [ edit ]
Tayler, Jon (November 7, 2017). "MLB's New Free Agent Compensation Rules Are Incredibly Complicated, So Let's Break Them Down". Sports Illustrated . Retrieved . January 30, 2019
Baer, Bill (March 26, 2020). "MLB, MLBPA reach agreement on service time, pay, draft". NBC Sports . Retrieved . March 26, 2020
Passan, Jeff; McDaniels, Kiley (May 8, 2020). "Sources: MLB shortens 2020 draft from 40 rounds to 5". ESPN.com . Retrieved . May 8, 2020
"2020 MLB draft relocating to Omaha ahead of College World Series". NCAA.com. December 12, 2019 . Retrieved . June 11, 2020
Waszak, Jr, Dennis (June 10, 2020). "SEC players fill five of first 11 picks in MLB draft". Chattanooga Times Free Press . Retrieved . June 11, 2020
"NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships" (Press release). Indianapolis, Indiana: National Collegiate Athletic Association. March 12, 2020.
"MLB Network to air every round of 2020 MLB Draft presented by T-Mobile on June 10 & 11". (Press release). June 5, 2020 MLB.com . Retrieved . June 10, 2020
Brown, Maury (June 10, 2020). "MLB Draft Returns To ESPN For First Time Since 2008". Forbes . Retrieved . June 10, 2020
Beck, Jason (June 11, 2020). "No. 1 pick Torkelson's got the power, will to win". MLB.com . Retrieved . June 13, 2020
Davis, Bradford William (January 13, 2020). "Manager A.J. Hinch, GM Jeff Luhnow get one-year suspensions for Astros' sign-stealing; Carlos Beltran not punished". New York Daily News . Retrieved . January 13, 2020
"Commissioner decision on Red Sox investigation". . April 22, 2020 MLB.com . Retrieved . April 22, 2020
"Forty-One USA Baseball Alumni Selected in the 2020 MLB Draft". USA Baseball. June 12, 2020 . Retrieved . June 26, 2020
"MLB DRAFT RECAP: Padres make Caissie top Canadian selected in 2020 MLB Draft". Baseball Canada. June 11, 2020 . Retrieved . June 26, 2020
"Cardinals send Jose Martinez, Randy Arozarena to Rays for pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore". CBS Sports. January 9, 2020.
"Mariners deal Narváez to Crew for RHP prospect". MLB. December 5, 2019.