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Sports 2020 MLB draft to be capped at five rounds

21:40  24 may  2020
21:40  24 may  2020 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

Walsh: I haven't talked to any GMs who want early June draft

  Walsh: I haven't talked to any GMs who want early June draft Find out the latest on COVID-19's impact on the sports world and when sports are returning by subscribing to Breaking News push notifications in the Sports and COVID-19 section. Agent Allan Walsh says none of the NHL general managers he's spoken with support the idea of holding the draft in early June. "I have not talked to one GM who likes it, and I talk to almost all of them," the agent said Thursday, according to The Associated Press' StephenAgent Allan Walsh says none of the NHL general managers he's spoken with support the idea of holding the draft in early June.

Rob Manfred standing in front of a crowd: The move is one of many the MLB will make to try and recoup lost revenue. © Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports The move is one of many the MLB will make to try and recoup lost revenue.

As MLB prepares its proposal to the MLBPA on economics issues next Tuesday, let’s take a look at some other notes related to the league’s shutdown.

In the wake of massive revenue losses, MLB has instituted a five-round draft in 2020, down from its usual forty, with undrafted players’ signing bonuses capped at $20K. Limiting the selection pool will no doubt push many talented prep prospects to college, but it could also spur some to take a less traditional route. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe argues the shortened draft and spending limits could push some undrafted players to pursue immediate pro opportunities in Japan or South Korea, where their earning potential would be significantly higher. Indeed, at least one team in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball is already preparing for an unusually high volume of undrafted talent, Speier reports. Such a move wouldn’t be entirely without precedent. Right-hander Carter Stewart signed a six-year deal with NPB’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in lieu of re-entering the MLB draft after medical issues derailed his talks with the Braves, who had selected him in the first round out of high school in 2018.

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  • More from Speier, who also examines the potential repercussions of the shutdown on pitcher usage this season. He spoke with Dr. Christopher Ahmad, who warned earlier this month that play stoppages at all levels could lead to a spike in Tommy John surgeries if pitchers attempt to ramp back up too quickly. Ahmad reiterated to Speier that the risks may not be as prevalent for MLB players, whose personal training has been better regimented and supervised remotely by club staff, than they are for amateur players who have had less oversight in recent months. Nevertheless, MLB players won’t be immune from consequences if the league is able to return. An abbreviated Spring Training 2.0 and likely expansion of rosters will cause teams to curtail their pitchers’ workloads whenever possible, Speier feels.
  • Yesterday, the Blue Jays guaranteed their employees there would be no furloughs or layoffs through at least October 1. Team president Mark Shapiro tells John Lott of the Athletic the organization’s ability to keep people on-board enables them to deploy staff in unconventional ways. Most notably, minor-league coaches and analysts, who in a normal setting would have daily gameday responsibilities, have been brought into the Blue Jays’ draft process this year. Those coaches and player development staff have taken on a larger than normal role in evaluating potential selections’ mechanics and projections, Shapiro tells Lott.

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Ottawa Senators' owner Eugene Melnyk says he's excited about the draft and future of his team

  Ottawa Senators' owner Eugene Melnyk says he's excited about the draft and future of his team Eugene Melnyk can’t hide his excitement about the NHL draft and he’s confident fans of the Ottawa Senators are about to see their patience pay off. The Senators’ owner was hopeful the league would make a decision during a conference call Monday afternoon with the NHL’s’ board of governors to either accept commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commission Bill Daly’s idea to hold the draft and the lottery next month before the season is completed, but no decision was made.

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Shortened MLB amateur draft to remain at New Jersey studio .
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball’s shortened amateur draft will remain at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, for the first round on June 10. MLB shortened the selections to five rounds and 160 picks in response to the new coronavirus pandemic, by far the fewest since the draft started in 1965. Before the pandemic, the draft had been scheduled to take place at Omaha, Nebraska, ahead of the now-cancelled College World Series. Clubs were able to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association. The combined value of their signing bonus pools is $235,906,800 and the amount of signing bonus pool money eliminated is $29,578,100.

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