According to MLB, the June draft will be on MLB Network and will start at 6 p.m. on June 9. There will be 111 picks on the first day, which includes the first three rounds mixed in with two compensation rounds.
Rounds 4-30 are scheduled tentatively for June 10, with the remaining 20 rounds the following day. The last two days will be held by telephone conference call.
The draft used to take two days, now it’ll take three.
When I started out as a sportswriter, baseball would only release the first round picks. They would wait a month before revealing the other picks. The idea — seriously — was to keep college coaches and agents from going after kids. That how much the process has changed over the years.
My first job was at the Norwich, Conn., Bulletin and whenever a player from our area was selected, we would make calls to the area scout and try and learn off the record what round the player was taken in. Sometimes all you would get was “in the 20s” or “later than 35.”
Now 111 picks will be on television. That’s how much it has changed in a short period of time.