Last week, Major League Baseball announced that its annual first-year player draft will be held on Wednesday, June 10th as originally scheduled. The Los Angeles Dodgers will have 6 selections across the new, shortened 5-round draft in 2020. The draft was reduced from 40 rounds to 5 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The five rounds of the 2020 MLB Draft will span 160 total selections.
As a result of the national emergency created by the pandemic, MLB will not hold its 2020 Draft in Omaha, Nebraska, the site of the NCAA’s Men’s College World Series (CWS), as announced last December.
ESPN will be airing the draft along with MLB Network on Wednesday and Thursday. For ESPN, Karl Ravech will host alongside MLB Insider and draft expert Kiley McDaniel. Additionally, several ESPN MLB and college baseball commentators will contribute to coverage remotely, including Chris Burke, Jessica Mendoza, Jeff Passan, Eduardo Perez, and Kyle Peterson.
The first round will air June 10, from 7 pm – 10:30 pm ET on ESPN and the second round through fifth round will air June 11, from 5 pm – 11 pm ET on ESPN2.
ESPN.com is also documenting the MLB Draft with a special coverage section that includes McDaniel’s mock drafts.
SiriusXM hosts and former MLB general managers Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden offering analysis alongside SiriusXM’s Grant Paulsen and Mike Ferrin. On day two, June 11th, the MLB Network Radio channel will carry a simulcast of MLB Network’s live draft coverage beginning at 5:00 p.m. (ET). Coverage is available on Sirius channel 209, XM channel 89 and on the SiriusXM app.