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Updated: SEC Leads the Way in MLB Draft Picks Since 2015

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

The 2020 MLB Draft has come and gone, and with it the SEC has strengthened its claim on the title of best baseball conference of the last few years.

Over the past six MLB drafts, the SEC leads the way with 5.48 players drafted per team per year. The Big XII, ACC, and Pac-12 are all clustered just over 4 players/team/year, with the American coming in fifth at an even 3 players/team/year selected in the draft. The SEC leads all conferences in terms of total draft picks (460) in part because all 14 SEC schools field a baseball team.

Due to the financial uncertainty caused by COVID-19 the 2020 MLB Draft was shortened to just five rounds, which led to a stark decrease in draft picks for all schools.

Arizona State led all teams with five players drafted, but the SEC and ACC led all conferences in terms of first round and total picks.

The SEC had 26 players drafted in the 2020 MLB Draft. Vanderbilt led the way for the SEC with four players drafted, while Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Texas A&M each saw three players get drafted.

The ACC sent 20 players to professional baseball via the draft with Louisville accounting for three of the selections.

The 2021 MLB Draft will also be shortened from the typical 40-round format to an expected 20 rounds.


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