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Angels Use All 20 Draft Picks On Pitchers

Jul 13, 2021 11:33 PM

The Los Angeles Angels used all 20 of their 2021 draft picks on pitchers. 

Miami University right-hander Sam Bachman was the Angels' first-round pick. Nineteen of the 20 picks were college pitchers. 

Angels scouting director Matt Swanson said the team didn't necessarily rule out selecting a position player, especially in the earlier rounds, but at some point during the final 10 rounds on Tuesday decided to "let it ride."

"Today was really targeting pitching. It's obvious," he said. "We took 20 pitchers. That was a strong focus for us today. There were so many valuable pitchers to bring into the organization, so just go all out and play the hot hand."

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Pirates GM On No. 1 Pick: 'We Need To Get This Right'

Jun 28, 2021 9:18 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are narrowing the list of players they will consider with the No. 1 overall pick next month.

"I think I can say that we've gotten it down to single digits," general manager Ben Cherington said.

Pittsburgh has been linked to California high school shortstop Marcelo Mayer in recent mock drafts.

"I think the way we would look at it is we're going to use all the time that we have," Cherington said. "We need to get this right. It's really important. Let's take all the time we have to get this right."

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Potential 2022 No. 1 Pick To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

May 27, 2021 7:32 AM

Connor Prielipp, considered a candidate to go first overall in the 2022 draft, will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday.

The Alabama left-hander will miss the rest of the 2021 season as well as the entirety of the 2022 campaign.

Prielipp made just three appearances this year, most recently on May 16.

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Top Draft Prospect Jaden Hill To Undergo Tommy John

Apr 6, 2021 8:30 AM

LSU right-hander Jaden Hill, who entered the spring as a possible top-10 pick in the Major League Baseball draft, will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Hill had struggled in seven starts this season, posting a 6.67 ERA while recording just 2.08 strikeouts per walk.

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MLB To Hold Pre-Draft Combine In June

Jan 26, 2021 8:24 AM

Major League Baseball will hold its first-ever pre-draft combine June 20-28 in Cary, North Carolina, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

The group of players invited will be selected in consultation with MLB scouts and the event will include a tournament involving 88 of those players through the 26th. There will also be medical, educational and various performance assessments happening at the event.

The 2021 MLB Draft will be held July 11-13 in Atlanta.

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MLB 'Motivated' To Hold Scouting Combine

Jan 20, 2021 8:42 AM

Major League Baseball is "motivated" to hold a scouting combine of some kind before the 2021 draft in June.

The league has started to inform clubs of potential logistics in recent weeks, according to sources.

MLB gained the right to host a combine or combine-like event in either 2020 or 2021 last March, as part of its agreement with the MLB Players Association.

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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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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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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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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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Tigers Sign Spencer Torkelson To Record $8.4M Bonus

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Tigers, Top Pick Spencer Torkelson Nearing Deal

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Cubs Agree To Deal With First-Rounder Ed Howard

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Mets Draft Two-Time Cancer Survivor In Fifth Round

ESPN

Tigers Take Spencer Torkelson With No. 1 Pick

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Potential First-Round Pick Withdraws From 2020 Draft

Keith Law/The Athletic

Shortened MLB Draft To Remain In New Jersey

Associated Press

2020 Draft To Be Held Remotely On June 10-11

Jeff Passan/ESPN

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

ESPN

MLB Forms New Video Database To Aid Scouting During Shutdown

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MLB Relaxes Scouting Restrictions Ahead Of Draft

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Scott Boras: Setting Draft Limits Sends 'Wrong Message'

ESPN

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

ESPN

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.

ESPN

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.

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