DENVER — A left-hander some teams considered the Draft’s top southpaw and a pair of players currently participating in Clemson’s summer football camp highlight a deep trove of talent still available in the Draft, which began Sunday with 36 prospects selected in the first and supplemental first rounds.
The Draft continues Monday with rounds 2-10. MLB Network will broadcast the second round and provide live look-ins and coverage during All-Star Monday while MLB.com will stream all nine rounds, starting at 1 p.m. ET. There will be one minute between picks today.
TThe Draft concludes with rounds 11-20 on Tuesday, starting at noon ET, with no delay between selections, all heard on MLB.com.
Will Taylor, OF, Dutch Fork HS, Irmo, S.C. (No. 20)
An outstanding athlete who won South Carolina state championships in football, wrestling and track, Taylor features well above-average speed and more advanced hitting ability than the typical multisport athlete. A quarterback in high school, he projects as a slot receiver if he plays two sports at Clemson. More »
Bubba Chandler, RHP/SS, North Oconee HS, Bogart, Ga. (No. 21)
Chandler not only plays two sports — he’s a Clemson quarterback recruit — but he’s also a two-way player who creates split opinion as to whether he’s better as a right-hander (fastball to 97 mph, downer curveball) or a shortstop (switch-hitter with solid power and speed). More »
The Pirates will once again be on the clock when Day 2 of the Draft opens with pick No. 37, the first of Round 2. The day will conclude with the Dodgers making the final selection of Round 10.
There will be eight additional picks after the second round that make up Competitive Balance Round B. Those selections, No. 64-71 overall, will be made by the Pirates, Orioles, Royals, D-backs, Rockies, Indians, Cardinals and Padres.
The Astros will make their first pick of the 2021 Draft on Day 2 — pick No. 87 overall in the third round — after forfeiting selections in the first and second rounds as part of their penalties for illegally stealing signs. Houston also has a compensation pick following the fourth round, No. 132 overall, which the team received for George Springer signing with the Blue Jays as a free agent.Complete Draft order »
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team gets an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club’s selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool.
Any bonus greater than $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round is also applied to the bonus pool total. Slot values were frozen at the 2019 values per an agreement between MLB and the MLB Players Association. Because of the pandemic, it was decided to keep the slot values for this year the same as it’s been for the past two years. Typically, the slot value assigned to each pick in the top 10 rounds had gone up the same amount MLB’s annual revenues increased (which would have been 3.5 percent from 2019 to 2020).
As a result, the Pirates’ top pick came in with the same assigned value as last year: $8,415,300 and the Rangers’ No. 2 selection was valued at $7,789,900. With the top pick in each round, as well as a pick in Competitive Balance Round B, the Pirates have the highest overall pool to use in the top 10 rounds ($14,394,000). They are one of 10 teams with eight-figure bonus pools: the Tigers ($14,253,800), Rangers ($12,641,000), Reds ($11,905,700), Orioles ($11,829,300), Red Sox ($11,359,600), D-backs ($11,271,900), Royals ($10,917,700), Rockies ($10,543,900) and Brewers ($10,063,400). The Astros, as a result of not picking until the third round, have the smallest pool at $2,940,600.