By Annie Ross
Major League Baseball will hold its June draft remotely, ESPN is reporting.
Similar to how the NFL managed 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.
Day 1 of the draft will be June 10 at 7 p.m. ET and include the first round (37 picks). Rounds 2-5 (123 picks) will begin a 5 p.m. the following day.
After that, teams can sign an unlimited number of players for up to $20,000.
An agreement between MLB and the MLB Players Association in March allowed teams to delay signing bonuses, with a maximum of $100,000 to be paid within 30 days of a player signing, 50% of the remainder due July 1, 2021, and the leftover due July 1, 2022.
Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson and Vanderbilt second baseman Austin Martin are the consensus top two prospects in this draft, according to ESPN’s rankings.