Though they are not sure when the 2020 Draft will take place or how many rounds there will be when/if it’s held, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo told SiriusXM MLB Network Radio hosts Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette last week that the Nationals’ scouts and the front office executives are hard at work building a plan for some kind of draft.
“Whatever that’s going to look like and whenever that’s going to take place,” Rizzo said, “we’ll be prepared for it.”
The Nationals, Rizzo added, put in the work this year, and attacked the draft early like they always do, laying the groundwork for their approach, but now, with much of the country in a shut down due to concerns about COVID-19, they’re just waiting for word on how things will work this time around.
“We’re just waiting for some direction on what the draft is going to look like and when it’s going to be,” he said, “but in the meantime, we’re certainly putting our ducks in a row as far as communication with our scouting staff.”
Of course, it’s not just the major league teams that are in wait-and-see mode.
Prospects around the country are facing difficult decisions with some of the proposed changes for the draft that were included as possibilities in the deal MLB and the MLB Players’ Association struck shortly after the league ended Spring Training abruptly last month and postponed the start of the 2020 campaign.
With a 5-10 round draft likely, instead of 40 rounds, and limits on spending ($20,000 to sign undrafted players reportedly), many of the draft-eligible players will have to decide whether they are better off going to college if they are high school age players, orstaying in college if they are already there, though the changes are expected to impact the 2021 Draft as well as international signing periods for the next few years.
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