The 2020 MLB Amateur Draft, like most things in the world right now, is going to have a different feel to it.
There will be no in-person draft this year, for one. Instead, MLB will be streaming the selection live — remotely — across multiple networks. Similar to what the NFL did in April, hopefully with the same high-quality results (and high-quality dog coaches).
This year’s draft has also been dramatically shortened from 40 rounds in previous years to just five in the burning hellscape that is 2020. To account for the 35 missing rounds, players are allowed to sign an unlimited number of undrafted players. The catch being that there is a cap of $20,000 on signing these undrafted players, down from the $125,000 teams could previously spend on undrafted players.
Day one of the draft can be seen on both MLB Network and ESPN at 7:00 p.m. ET, as well as streaming for free at MLB.com. This will includes the first 37 picks of the draft — the first round and competitive balance round A.
Day two will be on MLB Network and ESPN 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET and streaming on MLB.com. It will include picks 38 through 160 — round two, competitive balance round B, and the second, third, fourth, and fifth rounds.
The Indians have six picks in total: 23rd overall (first round), 36th overall (competitive balance round A), 56th overall (second round), 95th overall (third round), 124th overall (fourth round), and 154th overall (fifth round).