Thanks to some great promotion from MLB, many people are finding out today that the 2019 MLB draft begins tonight.
The MLB First-Year Player Draft is an opportunity for teams to reload their respective farm systems with the best high school and collegiate players available. For a lot of players, the trip to the big leagues never becomes a reality; for some, they will eventually become Major League starters, All-stars, and potentially even Hall of Fame members.
For the current season, the Cleveland Indians are struggling, so the 2019 MLB draft might be more important than most years. If you enjoy scouting players and following the draft, here’s how you can do it starting today.
Draft Day 1: Rounds 1, Competitive Balance A, 2, and Competitive Balance B (Monday, June 3rd, 2019)
For the first day, coverage will begin on MLB.com as well as the MLB Network around 6:00 p.m. ET. The drafting will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Indians will have two picks on the day, with picks #24, #63 overall. The Indians do not have a competitive balance pick this year after trading it to Seattle in the Santana/Encarnacion deal. All picks will switch to MLB.com beginning with the second round (after pick #41).
Draft Day 2: Rounds 3-10 (Tuesday, June 4th, 2019)
After the first day, the draft will not be broadcast on television; however, you will still be able to follow along on MLB.com starting at 12:30 p.m. ET for pre-draft coverage with drafting beginning at 1:00 pm ET. The Tribe starts the day with the #101 pick overall, and then they will have the 23rd pick in each subsequent round.
Draft Day 3: Rounds 11-40 (Wednesday, June 5th, 2019)
The remainder of the 2019 First-Year Draft will start at 12:00 p.m. ET on MLB.com. As with day two, the Indians will have the 23rd pick in each round.
In addition to following the draft online, we will have live threads going here at Let’s Go Tribe on each of the three draft days for fans to come in and discuss the various picks. Be sure to stop by and discuss each day!