Sports MLB sets 2021 draft order, Pirates will pick 1st overall

03:26  13 october  2020
03:26  13 october  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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Major League Baseball confirmed Monday that the 2021 Draft order will be based on the reverse order of the 2020 regular-season standings. With MLB deciding to stick with the usual standard (which includes using the previous year's record to break ties), the Pirates will own the No. 1 overall

MLB hasn't announced the official draft order for 2021 , but this is likely to be it. If this does wind up being the order , then the Pirates will claim the top overall pick for the fifth time in franchise history. Watch Now: Playoff Brackets Set After Shortened MLB Season ( 0:49 ). Likely draft order gives Bucs

The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft order is set, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are officially on the clock.

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Next year's draft order will be determined using the normal method of reverse order by winning percentage during the 2020 regular season, an MLB spokesperson confirmed to Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic.

As part of the March agreement following the league's COVID-19 suspension, commissioner Rob Manfred was given the power to change the 2021 draft order if circumstances required it. However, no such modification was required because MLB completed this year's pandemic-shortened regular season as scheduled.

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However, an MLB spokesperson confirmed to Nesbitt that the order for the July 11 draft will be determined by record in traditional fashion. Here is a look at the complete order of the first round that only has 29 teams because the Houston Astros lost their pick as part of the league 's punishment it

While the March agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA gave commissioner Rob Manfred the right to modify the 2021 draft order , an MLB spokesperson confirmed to The Athletic on Monday that the draft order will be The Pirates will pick first for the fifth time in draft history, but

The announcement means the Pirates - who finished 2020 with a league-worst .317 winning percentage - will draft first overall next year. This is the fifth time they've owned the top pick, and first since 2011 when they chose Gerrit Cole.

Following Pittsburgh in the top five will be the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, and Baltimore Orioles.

Here's a look at the full first-round draft order. (The Houston Astros' first-round pick, 16th overall, was stripped as punishment for their sign-stealing scandal):

The 2021 MLB Draft will be moved from its usual early June date to July 11, as part of the All-Star Game festivities in Atlanta.

The 2020 draft was shortened from 40 rounds to five because of the pandemic. Next year, it's likely to include between 20 and 30 rounds, The Athletic's Keith Law reported last month.

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