MLB Draft 2021 dates, start time, pick order, TV channels & more to know for baseball draft


For the primary time in 2021, the MLB Draft will likely be a part of the All-Star occasions. 

MLB moved its annual selecting-the-future-stars occasion from its conventional slot of early June to mid-July, with the hopes that including it to the game’s premier mid-season showcase will put a much bigger highlight on the occasion. 

It’s an occasion worthy of extra eyeballs. The Draft’s first spherical has been aired dwell on MLB Community since 2012 — you’ll keep in mind a child named Mike Trout was the one potential first-round choose to indicate up within the studio for that one — and this yr ESPN joins the published.

Right here’s what you have to know in regards to the occasion. Extra particulars will likely be added — such because the record of representatives for every staff — as they turn out to be obtainable.

When is the MLB Draft in 2021?

  • Dates: July 11-13
  • Begin time: 7:07 p.m. ET (July 11) | Day 2 begins at 1 p.m. and Day 3 begins at midday.
  • TV channel: MLB Community (ESPN for Day 1)
  • Stay stream:

The draft will start July 11 and proceed by way of July 13, with the primary day’s broadcast on MLB Community and ESPN and the opposite days streamed on

The place is the MLB Draft in 2021?

  • Metropolis: Denver
  • Location: Bellco Theatre

Have to know: The 2021 MLB All-Star Sport was initially scheduled to be held in Atlanta, however MLB moved the sport and all related occasions to Denver in response to a legislation handed in Georgia that was seen as restrictive on voting rights. 

The MLB Draft has been held within the MLB Community studio in NYC since 2012, but it surely’s moved this yr to be a part of the All-Star festivities. The Bellco Theatre seats 5,000 and is related to the Denver Conference Heart. It’s a couple of mile-and-a-half from Coors Area.

What time does the 2021 MLB Draft begin?

  • Sunday, July 11: 7 p.m. ET
  • Monday, July 12: 1 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, July 13: Midday ET

The primary spherical of the 2021 MLB Draft begins at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 11. Day 2 begins at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, July 12 with Rounds 2-10. Spherical 11 begins at midday ET on Tuesday, July 13. The MLB All-Star recreation will likely be held that night time.

MLB Draft TV schedule, dwell stream

MLB Community will broadcast a pre-draft present on Sunday, July 11 earlier than displaying the draft from 7 p.m. to the conclusion of the primary spherical and the Aggressive Steadiness A spherical (the primary 36 picks). Whereas the opposite rounds can be found completely on-line, MLB Community will proceed to supply draft protection and evaluation. You may as well dwell stream all three days of the occasion free of charge on

Rounds Date Time (ET) Viewing
1/CompBalance A Sunday, June 11 7:07 p.m. MLB Community/ESPN
2-10/CompBalance B Monday, July 12 1 p.m.
11-20 Tuesday, Junly 13 midday

Aggressive Steadiness picks, defined

Beginning in 2017, MLB added picks to the draft designed to assist increase franchises that may not be capable to compete with the biggest, strongest franchises for free-agent abilities. The groups with the ten lowest revenues and the groups within the 10 smallest markets are eligible to obtain a bonus choose, both after the primary spherical or after the second spherical. Some groups qualify on each lists, however are solely eligible for one extra choose. These aggressive stability picks are the one draft picks that may be traded, they usually can solely be traded as soon as.

Listed here are the picks for 2021.

Aggressive Steadiness Spherical A
31. Miami Marlins
32. Detroit Tigers
33. Milwaukee Brewers
34. Tampa Bay Rays
35. Cincinnati Reds
36. Minnesota Twins
Aggressive Steadiness Spherical B
65. Pittsburgh Pirates
66. Baltimore Orioles
67. Kansas Metropolis Royals
68. Arizona Diamondbacks
69. Colorado Rockies
70. Cleveland Indians
71. St. Louis Cardinals
72. San Diego Padres

2021 MLB Draft order of picks, Day 1

Reminder: The Astros would not have a first-round choose in 2021; lack of that choose was a part of the penalty ensuing from the franchise’s sign-stealing scandal. 

Decide/staff 2020 file
1. Pittsburgh Pirates 19-41
2. Texas Rangers 22-38
3. Detroit Tigers 23-35
4. Boston Pink Sox 24-36
5. Baltimore Orioles 25-35
6. Arizona Diamondbacks 25-35
7. Kansas Metropolis Royals 26-34
8. Colorado Rockies 26-34
9. Los Angeles Angels 26-34
10. New York Mets 26-34
11. Washington Nationals 26-34
12. Seattle Mariners 27-33
13. Philadelphia Phillies 28-32
14. San Francisco Giants 29-31
15. Milwaukee Brewers 29-31
16. Miami Marlins 31-29
17. Cincinnati Reds 31-29
18. St. Louis Cardinals 30-28
19. Toronto Blue Jays 32-28
20. New York Yankees 33-27
21. Chicago Cubs 34-26
22. Chicago White Sox 35-25
23. Cleveland Indians 35-25
24. Atlanta Braves 35-25
25. Oakland A’s 36-24
26. Minnesota Twins 36-24
27. San Diego Padres 37-23
28. Tampa Bay Rays 40-20
29. Los Angeles Dodgers 43-17
30. Cincinnati Reds (comp, Trevor Bauer to Dodgers)
Aggressive Steadiness Spherical A
31. Miami Marlins
32. Detroit Tigers
33. Milwaukee Brewers
34. Tampa Bay Rays
35. Cincinnati Reds
36. Minnesota Twins

MLB Draft 2021 gamers to know

Listed here are 23 gamers who’re more likely to be picked within the first spherical of the draft, together with their spots in current mock drafts by Baseball America,, FanGraphs and The Athletic. 

Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake Excessive (Chula Vista, Calif.)

Mock spots: MLB: 1, BA: 1, TA: 1, FG: 1

Have to know: Quite a lot of the speak up to now few months has been about how there actually isn’t a clear-cut No. 1 choose on this draft, however all 4 of our mocks have Mayer within the high spot. Each Jim Callis of and The Athletic’s Keith Regulation point out the Pirates are solely place gamers proper now, which appears to take Vanderbilt’s Jack Leiter out of the equation. He’s a shortstop who bats lefty, with excellent hit and glove instruments (clearly, which is why he’s right here).

Jordan Lawlar, SS, Jesuit Prep (Dallas)

Mock spots: MLB: 4, BA: 2, TA: 2, FG: 2

Have to know: Lawlar is definitely tops on Baseball America’s draft prospect rankings. Right here’s what they are saying: “As a result of he’s popping out of Texas two years after Bobby Witt Jr. (and like Witt he’s practically 19 on draft day), Lawlar attracts comprehensible comparisons. Witt had louder instruments nearly throughout the board except for the hit software, however Lawlar has loads of plus instruments himself, with future 60 pace (he’ll flip in 70 instances proper now) to go along with 60 hit, a 60 glove and an above-average arm and future energy.” He’s a Vanderbilt commit, which is price noting.

Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt

Mock spots: MLB: 2, BA: 4, TA: 3, FG: 4

Have to know: As soon as upon a time, Jack Leiter was principally often known as the son of former huge league pitcher — and present MLB Community analyst — Al Leiter. Then, he earned a fame as one of many high prep pitching prospects forward of the 2019 MLB Draft. His dedication to Vandy and bonus calls for scared groups away, and he wasn’t picked till the Yankees took a flier on him within the twentieth spherical. He didn’t signal, clearly. Then with Vandy he rapidly earned the fame as one of many best possible pitchers in school baseball; he had a 1.72 ERA in 15 2/3 innings as a freshman earlier than the game shut down due to the pandemic. In 2021, Leiter completed with a 2.08 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 104 innings.

Jackson Jobe, RHP, Heritage Corridor Excessive (Oklahoma Metropolis)

Mock spots: MLB: 3, BA: 3, TA: 11, FG: 9

Have to know: Jobe has dynamic stuff, however there’s extra of a danger taking a prep pitcher with an ideal arm than a school pitcher with an ideal arm. That’s a part of the rationale you see him at No. 3 on two mock drafts, and round 10 on the others. From FanGraphs: “Jobe arguably has the perfect single pitch within the draft with a slider that has earned some 80 grades, however comes with the entire typical dangers connected to highschool arms. He has one of many larger ranges of outcomes at the moment, but it surely’s exhausting to see him falling out of the highest 10.”

Henry Davis, C, Louisville

Mock spots: MLB: 5, BA: 6, TA: 4, FG: 5

Have to know: The draft specialists are cut up on the place Davis may land, however there’s one factor they agree on: Davis would be the first school bat taken within the draft. The truth that he’s a catcher? That’s a combo that can actually preserve him within the high 10 picks.

Kahlil Watson, SS, Wake Forest (N.C.) Excessive

Mock spots: MLB: 7, BA: 5, TA: 6, FG: 6

Have to know: Have you ever observed a typical thread to date? Watson is the third prep shortstop we’ve talked about already, and we’re not achieved with that place but. Nice instruments, however at 5-9, he doesn’t have the scale of Mayer (6-3) or Lawlar (6-2).

Kumar Rocker, RHP, Vanderbilt

Mock spots: MLB: 6, BA: 7, TA: 7, FG: 7

Have to know: Rocker got here into this season within the dialog for the 1-1 draft spot, largely as a result of he was a “identified” prospect together with his success at Vanderbilt, and there was a lot unknown about potential draft picks with many of the 2020 season misplaced to the pandemic. Rocker has been excellent once more in 2021, however he’s dropped a couple of spots and isn’t usually thought of as a potential choice within the high three or 4 picks.

Brady Home, SS, Winder-Barrow (Ga.) Excessive

Mock spots: MLB: 8, BA: 8, TA: 8, FG: 3

Have to know: Yep, right here’s the fourth prep shortstop more likely to go within the first 10 picks. FanGraphs has him highest, so let’s see what they are saying: “This one looks like the primary wild card, however Home supplies a highschool bat who some scouts have put the uncommon combo of plus bat/plus energy on. Davis is within the combine right here as properly, as can be Mayer or Lawlar if one continues to be on the board.”

Ty Madden, RHP, Texas

Mock spots: MLB: 9, BA: 11, TA: 12, FG: 14

Have to know: Madden is seen as the perfect school arm outdoors of the Vandy duo; together with  guys like Sam Bachman of Miami (Ohio) and Will Bednar of Mississippi State. Madden struck out 137 in 113 2/3 innings for the Longhorns this yr, holding opposing batters to a .188 common and serving to Texas get inside one win of the School World Sequence title matchup. 

Matt McLain, SS, UCLA

Mock spots: MLB: 12, BA: 12, TA: 9, FG: 10

Have to know: McClain missed time with a damaged thumb this season, however nonetheless managed to impress scouts together with his productive bat. He won’t have the upside of the prep shortstops, however he’s nonetheless a strong potential choose proper across the 10 vary. 

Sal Frelick, OF, Boston School
Mock spots:
MLB: 10, BA: 10, TA: 14, FG: 11

Colton Cowser, OF, Sam Houston
Mock spots:
MLB: 14, BA: 15, TA: 5, FG: 8

Sam Bachman, RHP, Miami (Ohio)
Mock spots:
MLB: 11, BA: 20, TA: 10, FG: 16

Benny Montgomery, OF, Pink Land Excessive (Lewisberry, Pa.)
Mock spots:
MLB: 13, BA: 13, TA: 13, FG: 12

Jordan Wicks, LHP, Kansas State
Mock spots:
MLB: 15, BA: 16, TA: 18, FG: 15

Harry Ford, C, North Cobb Excessive (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Mock spots:
MLB: 16, BA: 14, TA: 15, FG: 13

Bubba Chandler, RHP/SS, North Oconee Excessive (Bogart, Ga.)
Mock spots:
MLB: 17, BA: 17, TA: 16, FG: n/a

Gunnar Hoglund, RHP, Mississippi
Mock spots:
MLB: 18, BA: n/a, TA: 29, FG: n/a

Anthony Solometo, LHP, Bishop Eustace Prep (Pennsauken Township, N.J.)
Mock spots:
MLB: 19, BA: 27, TA: 27, FG: n/a

Andrew Painter, RHP, Calvary Christian (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Mock spots:
MLB: 20, BA: 19, TA: 30, FG: 17


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