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2021 Draft Order Will Be Set By Standings; Pirates Get No. 1 Pick

Oct 13, 2020 8:34 AM

Major League Baseball has determined that the final order of the 2021 draft will be determined by reverse order of the 2020 final standings.

It's been believed for quite some time that MLB would stick with the traditional way of ordering draft selections.

The March agreement between MLB and the players association gave Rob Manfred has the right to modify the draft order rather than let the 60-game 2020 regular season determine the selections.

The confirmation means the Pittsburgh Pirates will have the No. 1 overall pick.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Draft, Draft Misc

Expected 2021 Draft Order Gives Pirates No. 1 Overall Pick

Sep 29, 2020 8:19 AM

Major League Baseball has yet to confirm the order of selections for the 2021 draft, but the expected order will be determined by the final 2020 standings.

Assuming that will be the order, the first round will look as follows:

1. Pirates

2. Rangers

3. Tigers

4. Red Sox

5. Orioles

6. Diamondbacks

7. Royals

8. Rockies

9. Angels

10. Mets

11. Nationals

12. Mariners

13. Phillies

14. Giants

15. Brewers

16. Marlins

17. Reds

18. Cardinals

19. Blue Jays

20. Yankees

21. Cubs

22. White Sox

23. Indians

24. Braves

25. Athletics

26. Twins

27. Padres

28. Rays

29. Dodgers

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Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Draft, Misc Rumor

MLB Likely To Use 2020 Standings To Determine 2021 Draft Order

Sep 23, 2020 8:24 AM

This year's shortened season has complicated the 2021 Major League Draft.

Each year the draft order is set in reverse order of the previous year's standings. However, the 60-game season allows for Rob Manfred to revise next year's order.

Here is the exact language from the March agreement between MLB and MLBPA on the 2020 season:

"In the event that each Club plays less than 81 regular season games in 2020, the Office of the Commissioner shall have the right, after conferring in good faith with the MLBPA, to modify the Draft order."

According to a report, it is "highly likely" the 2021 draft order will be set using the 2020 standings only.

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Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor

2021 MLB Draft Will Be Held During July's All-Star Events

Sep 1, 2020 8:49 AM

The 2021 Major League Baseball draft will move from June to July 11-13 and will be held in Atlanta as part of the All-Star Game festivities.

The draft has been held in early to mid-June for decades.

Nothing has been finalized regarding the length of the draft, but according to a memo to all 30 teams, it will be between 20 and 30 rounds.

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Tags: All-Star, Draft, Misc Rumor

Tigers Sign Spencer Torkelson To Record $8.4M Bonus

Jul 1, 2020 8:58 AM

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with No. 1 overall pick Spencer Torkelson.

The signing bonus in the deal is a record $8.4 million, according to a report.

Adley Rutchsman of the Baltimore Orioles set the previous record ($8.1 million) last year.

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Draft, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Tigers, Top Pick Spencer Torkelson Nearing Deal

Jun 29, 2020 8:39 AM

The Detroit Tigers are working to finalize a contract agreement with first overall pick Spencer Torkelson, according to sources.

The Tigers released their 60-man player pool for Summer Camp on Sunday and Torkelson wasn't on it.

Torkelson, 20, is expected to be added to the player pool list and join the Tigers in workouts at Comerica Park, which officially begin Friday for pitchers and catchers and a few days later for position players.

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Draft, Misc Rumor

Cubs Agree To Deal With First-Rounder Ed Howard

Jun 22, 2020 8:53 AM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal with Ed Howard, the 16th overall pick in the Major League draft.

The deal is still being finalized, but Howard's slot value was $3,745,500.

Howard is a graduate of Chicago's Mount Carmel High School.

"I was looking forward to it. I wanted to be a hometown kid," Howard said after being selected. "I'm excited it's with the Cubs. I think that's a great organization. I watch a lot of Cubs games, follow them, know a lot of their players and things like that, so I’m excited to be a hometown guy. It's special."

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Draft, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Mets Draft Two-Time Cancer Survivor In Fifth Round

Jun 12, 2020 7:16 AM

The New York Mets took University of New Orleans pitcher Eric Orze in the fifth round, 150th overall, of baseball's amateur draft on Thursday night.

Orze is a two-time cancer survivor.

The 22-year-old missed part of the 2018 season and all of 2019 to recover from multiple operations while fighting off testicular cancer and skin cancer.

"This is a kid that will not quit. He really won't," Mets vice president of international and amateur scouting Tommy Tanous said.

"Our scouts fell in love with his split-finger, to tell you the truth. He throws a heavy, heavy fastball and he uses that split as his out pitch, his strikeout pitch. He accumulated tremendous numbers this year, and we felt it was a great value there. To get that kind of arm with that kind of out pitch there was a great way to end the draft. So, obviously, this is a high-makeup kid, high-quality kid who happens to have a really gifted pitch."


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Tigers Take Spencer Torkelson With No. 1 Pick

Jun 10, 2020 9:02 PM

The Detroit Tigers used the first overall pick in Wednesday night's amateur draft on Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson.

Torkelson is the first college first baseman and the first right-handed-hitting first baseman ever selected with the first overall pick.

He played first base at Arizona State, but the Tigers announced him as a third baseman.

"We know he can play first, but our scouts strongly feel that he can play third base, and that's our intent at this point," Tigers general manager Al Avila said. "He's exactly the type of player we hoped would be there with the first pick. At this point, we're going to send him out as a third baseman."

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Draft, Draft Misc

Potential First-Round Pick Withdraws From 2020 Draft

Jun 4, 2020 9:46 AM

Dylan Crews, a potential first-round pick in this month's Major League Baseball amateur draft, has withdrawn from consideration.

According to a league source, the decision came down to Crews' family's desire for him to attend college. He will attend LSU in the fall.

He won't be draft eligible again until 2023.

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Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor

Shortened MLB Draft To Remain In New Jersey

Associated Press

2020 Draft To Be Held Remotely On June 10-11

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MLB Shortens 2020 Draft From 40 Rounds To 5

Jeff Passan & Kiley McDaniel/ESPN

MLBPA Rejects Latest Draft Proposal From Commissioner's Office

The Athletic

MLB Suspends Staffer, Alex Cora; Strips Red Sox Of Draft Pick


MLB Forms New Video Database To Aid Scouting During Shutdown

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MLB Relaxes Scouting Restrictions Ahead Of Draft

Kiley McDaniel/ESPN

Scott Boras: Setting Draft Limits Sends 'Wrong Message'


MLB Draft Likely To Be Held In July, May Be Shortened

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MLB May Skip 2020 Draft To Save Money During Shutdown

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

MLB Moving Draft From Secaucus To Omaha


MLB Hoping For International Draft By 2020 Or 2021
Major League officials met on Tuesday with team personnel and informed them of their desire to install a 20-round international draft as soon as 2020, according to a report.

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Orioles Sign No. 1 Pick Adley Rutschman To Record Bonus
Adley Rutschman, 21, hit .411 with 17 home runs as a junior this year.


Orioles May Not Play Top Pick Adley Rutschman At Catcher
The Orioles haven't yet signed top pick Adley Rutschman, but they are expected to before long.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Blue Jays Draft Roy Halladay's Son
The Blue Jays drafted Braden Halladay, the son of Hall of Famer Roy Halladay, on Wednesday in the 32nd round.


No Pitchers Selected Among Top Six Picks For First Time
TCU left-hander Nick Lodolo was taken seventh by the Reds.

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2019 MLB Draft Day 1 Results
The Orioles took Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the first pick on Monday night.

RealGM Staff Report

Potential Top Pick Blaze Jordan Reclassifies To 2020 Draft
DeSoto Central High School (MS) infielder Blaze Jordan will graduate early and reclassify to the 2020 draft class.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Pitcher Skips MLB Draft, Signs $7M Deal In Japan
Carter Stewart has agreed to a six-year, $7 million contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League, according to sources.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

First-Round Order For 2019 MLB Draft
With the playoff bracket set, the full first-round draft order for 2019 has been confirmed as well.

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