MLB Draft 2019

MLB Draft 2019 : Major League Baseball will begin its annual three-day amateur draft on Monday night. The draft covers 40 full rounds plus five shorter rounds for compensation picks and competitive balance-lottery picks. All told, there will be 1,217 selections made during the 2019 draft.

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When is the MLB Draft in 2019?

Date: June 3-5
Start time: 7 p.m. ET (June 3) | Day 2 starts at 1 p.m. and Day 3 starts at noon.
TV channel: MLB Network
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The draft continues with Rounds 3-10 on Tuesday, June 4, and concludes with Rounds 11-40 on Wednesday, June 5. Days 2 and 3 will be streamed live on There will be four minutes between picks in Round 1, and one minute between picks from the supplemental first round through the 10th round. Day 3 is a rapid fire conference call with one pick after another.

Unlike the NBA and NHL amateur drafts, there is no lottery for the MLB draft. The draft order is set at the reverse order of the previous year’s standings, so the Orioles hold the No. 1 pick in 2019 after losing 115 games in 2018. This is the second time Baltimore has held the top overall pick. They selected LSU righty Ben McDonald with the No. 1 pick in 1989.

All first-round picks are protected from draft-pick compensation nowadays. Teams give up later draft picks (and international bonus money) to sign qualified free agents instead. Despite that, the Red Sox do not have a first-round pick this year. Their top pick was moved back 10 spots (33rd overall to 43rd overall) as part of the penalties for excessive luxury tax spending last year.


As a reminder, each team is given a set bonus pool for draft spending each summer. The penalties for excessive spending are harsh enough (tax on overage, forfeiting a future first rounder, etc.) that the bonus pool effectively acts as a salary cap. Here are the five largest bonus pools going into this year’s draft:

Baseball is a large industry. Try hard enough and you can almost always find someone whose opinion on a player clashes with the norm. Sometimes, that someone runs a team.

There’s no way of knowing how the Orioles feel about Rutschman (or anyone else in the draft) just yet. But there is always room for disagreement on individual players — be it in judging the hit tool (the most important part of the evaluative process), or having a more conservative read on a player’s underlying skills. With a backstop, that might mean the team’s internal analytics don’t consider him a good framer. That isn’t the case with Rutschman, per other teams’ evaluations, but algorithms and emphasis can differ — even in this era of big data baseball.

By the same token, it’s possible the Orioles have a higher opinion of Vaughn or Bleday than the industry standard. It doesn’t take much imagination to dream up a scenario where the Orioles prefer Vaughn because they believe he can play a more important position than first base — which, in turn, would alleviate some concerns about his height and overall value.

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