Due to be held in Omaha, Nebraska before the Covid-19 outbreak suspended the start of the MLB season in March, production of the league's 2020 draft will be based out of MLB Network studios in New Jersey. In addition, franchises may not assign their Competitive Balance Selections during this year's draft event. The draft has been shortened to five rounds and 160 picks, by far the fewest since the draft began in 1965.
The first round will air on June 10, from 7pm-10:30pm ET on ESPN, while the second round through the fifth round will air on ESPN2 on June 11 from 5pm-11pm ET. Undrafted players can be drafted in unlimited numbers for a maximum signing bonus of $20,000 each.
ESPN.com is also documenting the MLB Draft with a special coverage section that includes McDaniel's mock drafts.
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Additionally, ESPN Deportes will televise Day 1 in Spanish from 7-10:30 p.m. on June 10. Other ESPN commentators will contribute coverage remotely, including Chris Burke, Jessica Mendoza, Jeff Passan, Eduardo Perez and Kyle Peterson.
This marks the first time ESPN has produced the MLB Draft since 2008 when the event was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
ESPN's MLB Draft coverage highlights will include cameras with the general manager or select personnel of all 30 MLB teams.
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It will also be the first time that more than one network will provide live primetime coverage of the MLB Draft.
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