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MLB Draft

MLB Draft

  • Premiered: 
    June 7, 2007
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  • Network: ESPN2
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    First-year player draft for MLB 
  • Subject Matter: Sports
  • Tags: baseball (pro); baseball (college)

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1965, Major League Baseball (MLB) has held its first-year player draft on consecutive days in June, during which 30 Major League clubs participate in a conference call and take turns selecting eligible players over multiple rounds. The draft order in each round is determined by the reverse order of the clubs' won-lost records at the end of the previous regular season. According to MLB Official Rules, "Generally, a player is eligible for selection if the player is a resident of the United States or Canada and the player has never before signed a Major League or Minor League contract. Residents of Puerto Rico and other territories of the United States are eligible for the Draft. Also considered residents are players who enroll in a high school or college in the United States, regardless of where they are from originally." The MLB FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT (aka MLB DRAFT) was first televised live in 2007 by ESPN2 during mid-day, and the same cable channel broadcast the first round of the draft the following year, also during daytime hours. In 2009, the MLB DRAFT moved to the newly-formed MLB Network, which has televised the first round of the MLB DRAFT during primetime ever since.
Prior to the start of the 2017 MLB DRAFT, MLB Network aired a MLB DRAFT preview show, also simulcast on, at 6pm ET/3pm PT. Then, from Studio 42 in Secaucus, NJ, MLB Network and presented live coverage of the first round as well as competitive balance round A of the 2017 MLB DRAFT on Monday, June 12, 2017 from 7-10pm ET/4-7pm PT. Beginning with the first pick in Round 2 and continuing through Competitive Balance Round B, the Draft will air live exclusively on MLB Network's Greg Amsinger, Peter Gammons, Dan O'Dowd, Harold Reynolds and's Jonathan Mayo will anchor the live coverage with contributions from MLB Network's Scott Braun, Eric Byrnes, Cliff Floyd, Mike Lowell and Kelly Nash, as well as Jim Callis of and John Manuel of Baseball America. The later portions of the 2017 MLB DRAFT resumed at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT on Tuesday, June 13 (Rounds 3-10), with providing live coverage on Days 2 and 3.


Other Titles

  • More formally known as: First-Year Player Draft
  • or 1st-Year Player Draft


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