Updated: Jun 28
The MLB Draft begins this Wednesday and concludes on Thursday. Due to the financial uncertainty caused by COVID-19 the MLB Draft has been shortened to just five rounds.
In recent history, the SEC has led the way in terms of draft picks, averaging 6.2 picks per team per year since 2015.
Some of the SEC's top draft prospects include Vanderbilt's Austin Martin (CF/INF), Texas A&M's Asa Lacy (LHP), and Georgia's Emerson Handcock (RHP). Several other SEC players are expected to be picked in the first round.
The Big XII has had prolific professional production, despite only having nine baseball teams. Oklahoma's Cade Cavalli (RHP), and Baylor's Nick Loftin (SS) are the Big XII's potential first round picks.
The ACC and Pac-12 are just behind the Big XII in terms of MLB Draft numbers. Louisville's Reid Detmers (LHP) and NC State's Patrick Bailery (C) are both likely top-20 picks. Spencer Torkelson (1B) from Arizona State will compete for the number one overall pick, and Garrett Mitchell (OF) from UCLA is also expected to be picked in the first round.
The American Athletic Conference comes in fifth for MLB Draft picks with 3.5 picks per team per year. This year, ECU's Gavin Williams (RHP) stands out as one of the conference's highest picks.
The Big West (3.2 picks/team/year), Big Ten (3.2), Mountain West (2.7), West Coast (2.7), and CUSA (2.4) round out the top ten.
With the MLB Draft reducing from 40 rounds to just five, these numbers will clearly decline this year.
The MLB Draft will be televised by ESPN2 and MLB Network beginning at 7 PM ET on Wednesday, with Thursday’s coverage beginning at 5 PM ET.
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