Though Detroit Tigers news has been sparse, however, the 2020 MLB Draft is expected to take place as initially thought amid the pandemic and pause in sports.
The Detroit Tigers possess the first pick in the upcoming 2020 MLB First-Year Amateur Player Draft. With the COVID-19 pandemic, sports are on pause, and baseball has not even started; announcements regarding the draft have been quiet, but the league has changed that.
Major League Baseball has made it clear that the draft is still going to take place as scheduled in June, but it will not be the traditional 40-round setup, it has been shortened. The new plan means that the draft has been shortened down to just five rounds and everything will be done remotely.
The Tigers still possess the first pick, obviously, but the draft being shortened to five rounds is going to decimate the size of their draft class. On the bright side, for baseball fans who are looking to see some new baseball content that is televised, both days one and two will be televised.
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The first round will take place on June 10th, where 37 selections will be made between the first round and the first round of competitive balance picks will be made. This will be televised on MLB Network at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
Day two, June 11th, will show the other 123 draft choices be televised. This will again be found on MLB Network, but starting at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Tuning in will allow the Tigers fans to watch as the future Tigers prospects are selected.
A few days after the draft, the Tigers can then begin trying to sign more players to join their “draft class” as undrafted free agents, which is something new among Major League Baseball.
The Tigers can negotiate with draftees on June 14th, which opens the possibility for some signings.
The Tigers have been “on the clock” with the first overall pick for some time now, and questions are still surrounding who they will take with the first overall draft choice, whether its the “Vandy plan” with Austin Martin or the power threat with Spencer Torkelson.
The global pandemic has made things attractive, to say the least when it comes to the draft, but the Tigers still have the first overall pick and get to add some top-flight talents in terms of draft prospects, with the first selection each round.
Given the circumstances, this is going to be a unique and very different draft than any of the past years, but the good news is, baseball content will be coming soon. Until the season gets underway, the draft may be the closest fans will get to typical baseball content.
Detroit Tigers fans can look forward to seeing some baseball content once again after a long period without any sports, let alone baseball.