Major League Baseball sent a memo to teams Friday with details on the 2020 MLB Draft, which will be held June 10-11, per multiple reports. This will be a remote draft, unlike in previous years with the first night a league-wide meeting held at MLB Network studios in New Jersey.
From Jeff Passan at ESPN:
As of now, teams are not allowed to have draft rooms and will do all drafting via video conference. That could change, the memo says, as the draft date approaches.
Similar to how the NFL managed the leadup to its draft, the head of baseball operations for every team — either the president or general manager — will be sent a video kit and will be on camera with no audio during the MLB draft, according to the memo.
The first round will be held on June 10 at 4 p.m. PT, with the final four rounds on June 11 at 2 p.m. PT, both days televised by MLB Network.
The Angels pick 10th overall in the first round, and have four picks total, with a bonus pool of $6,397,100.
Another change to the draft due to the coronavirus pandemic was reported by J.J. Cooper at Baseball America:
In a memo sent out to MLB teams, MLB also pushed back the deadline for draftees to sign. It was set to be July 10, but instead it will be Aug. 1. The additional time was added in part to help with potential issues with post-draft physicals.
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