It has been announced that the 2020 Major League Draft will only be five rounds instead of the normal 40.
SOURCE : 2020 mlb draft rules set:
*Will occur on June 10th
* 5 rounds
* Teams can utilize their allotted money as they see fit.
* Undrafted player signing period begins on 6/13 (20K max bonus)
*Draft signing deadline is 8/1
— Ernest Dove (@ernestdove) May 8, 2020
We know that COVID-19 has caused us to make many adjustments. However, politicians and other leaders using the issue to change policies to fulfill their own agenda is sickening. Rob Manfred and the owners have made a decision that works towards their desire to remove 42 Minor League Baseball teams. It does sound like the Major League Baseball Players Association tried for 10 rounds but that, obviously, did not occur.
Here's what the Dodgers' picks and bonus pool will look like in next month's draft, now that a five round draft is a certainty: pic.twitter.com/DD6wXrbAJJ
— Future Dodgers (@FutureDodgers) May 8, 2020
With the maximum bonus for undrafted players this, in my opinion, gives the Dodgers a great advantage. The Dodgers have become one of the elite player development organizations and why wouldn’t a player make them one of their top picks?
Teams in places with strong amateur bases (FL, GA, TX, CA) will likely have advantages in the UDFA market. Legacy teams (BOS, NYY, LAD, CHC) have fans everywhere and could, too. Ps will want fast track to majors. Position players will look at orgs with no depth at their spot. https://t.co/4Ecsm72upG
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) May 8, 2020
The point above about depth is an issue. The Dodgers are loaded at almost all levels and positions. Would the Dodgers be able to sell players on growth? At the end of the day there are no short cuts to a Major League contract, even for a player in an organization without much depth. Players that have well developed talent will be the ones with the best chance at making a real career in baseball.
Where this is heart breaking is that so many careers are impacted. College seniors may just get another year and will stay that extra year. That means playing time for incoming players or the guy waiting for his shot will be impacted. Other players may get cut because of the freshmen that will need to be on the team. For those long shot players the dream is even more out of reach. This is all bad.
How big of a deal is it that there will be no picks after the 5th round this draft and only FA signings with a $20K max signing bonus?
1,410 players played in at least 1 MLB gm in '19
1,046 of those entered MLB via the draft
483 of those were taken from the 6th round on…46%
— CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) May 9, 2020
This all disgusts me and I hope baseball leadership can realize that baseball is more than a business. Go ahead and make a ton of money. I’m all for it but they are all caretakers of this wonderful sport. I’m afraid they are closer to being undertakers for the sport. Both Rob Manfred and the leaders of the Players Union need to be replaced.