The 2020 Draft will be held by Major League Baseball on June 10-11, and the number of rounds will be reduced from 40 to 5. Due to the COVID-19 situation, everything will be held virtually.
What About the Money?
Teams will be allowed to sign any number of undrafted players for $20,000. Interestingly enough, the signing bonuses are going to be paid in three parts.
The first part (a maximum of $100,000) must be paid no longer than 30 days after signing the contract, while the remainder will be scheduled for the July of the year 2021 and 2022.
Colleges and the Minor League Season
The NCAA made it possible for college players to get a $20,000 bonus and return to school, which is why the colleges will try to strike a balance between scholarships, player demands, and the influx of freshmen.
As for Minor League, everything is still uncertain. Since the games will definitely be played without the fans, teams are likely to play at their complexes in Arizona and Florida.
Top Draft Picks
The most obvious pick would be Spencer Torkelson, who is a 1B from Arizona. He is among the most popular college players right now – and no wonder. In his freshman year, he hit 25 home runs and broke a Pac-12 record.
Austin Martin is our second pick. Playing as a 3B at Vanderbilt, he is an exceptional runner who can be universally capable. He was rumored to play at shortstop, and he is also versatile enough to be a decent defensive player in center field or second base.
Nick Gonzales is a 2B playing for New Mexico State Aggies. In 2019, his batting average was a whopping .432 – the highest in the nation. After the season, he earned the MVP title playing collegiate summer baseball.
The 2020 Draft brings expected excitement and a fair bit of uncertainty, but at least things are moving forward.
Who is your favorite draft pick? Write to us in the comments.
You can also read about How the Pandemic Affects Minor League.