Rounds 1 and 2 will take place today, rounds 3-10 on Friday and rounds 11-40 on Saturday.
I understand that the MLB first-year player draft is not a big deal to most casual fans. I consider myself somewhat avid – and certainly more than just a casual baseball fan – and I don’t even keep tabs on my own favorite team’s full set of selections.
Since 2007, Major League Baseball has been trying to restructure its draft to make it a more friendly televised event. According to Nielsen ratings, 208,000 individuals tuned in to last year’s MLB draft. The number is tiny compared to the 7.7 million who watched last year’s NFL draft and the 3 million viewers who watched the NBA draft.
There are probably several reasons why no one watches the baseball draft. For starters, the names of players involved are relatively unknown. Few people follow college baseball, and even fewer are familiar with the talent at the high school level. Second, there are too many draftees to keep up with. The MLB Draft features 40 – that’s right, 40! – rounds of selections. When you consider there are around 30 picks per round, that’s 1,200 players being picked. And finally, even the best of the players selected will not make it to the big leagues immediately. They will be assigned to one of the various minor league organizations to develop, and in most cases it will take a number of years before they improve to the point that they are major league ready.
With that being said, I just don’t have the time or the interest to keep up with the entire draft this year. The plan is to offer a brief preview and a recap of the today’s picks, which will feature the first two rounds of selections.
Bleacher Report has penned a few interesting features leading up to the draft.
And we have a few mock drafts for you to browse through as well:
Here is the first-round draft order.
2013 FIRST-ROUND DRAFT ORDER
(C) = Compensatory pick