MLB Draft Cheat Sheet

The MLB Draft kicks off tonight in Secaucus, NJ but doesn’t get the fanfare that the NFL or NBA drafts do. Draftees are almost always assigned to minor league teams and it could be years before anyone sees them play. 

To enter the draft, a player must be a resident of, or have attended school in, the U.S., a U.S. territory like Puerto Rico, or Canada. High school players are eligible after graduation and if they haven’t attended college; otherwise they’re only eligible once they’ve been enrolled in college for three years or after their 21st birthday. Junior/community college players are eligible at any time and players from other countries don’t have to go through the draft.

The draft order is determined by the reverse order of the previous year’s record. This year, the Detroit Tigers have the top spot, followed by the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, and Cincinnati Reds. Each round has 30 picks plus several compensatory picks and there are 40, yes 40, rounds. If you want to catch the first few rounds, they’ll be televised on the MLB Network and MLB.com.

Sources: Wikipedia, MLB 1 and 2