For the next three days, baseball prospect junkies are going to be in heaven.
Over Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, more than 600 amateur baseball players are going to be selected by teams in the 2021 MLB Draft, starting with the first round and first competitive balance pick.
This will be a change from previous years when the draft has taken place in early June, around the middle of the NCAA Baseball Tournament. This year, it starts the day before the All-Star Break and runs on the same days as the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game.
Here’s a breakdown of how you can watch all 20 rounds of the 2021 MLB Draft.
What channel is the MLB Draft on today?
The draft will take place over three days, with the first day having the first round and Competitive Balance Round A, the second day featuring rounds 2-10 and the third day wrapping up the final 10 rounds of the draft. ESPN and MLB Network will carry the first day of coverage, while the remainder of the draft can be streamed for free on MLB.com.
The first round of the MLB Draft will be televised on both ESPN and MLB Network. This will also include the compensation pick to the Reds at No. 30 for the Dodgers’ signing of Trevor Bauer and the Competitive Balance Round A, which encompasses picks No. 31-36.
The second day of the draft will encompass the second through 10th rounds of the draft and include the Competitive Balance Round B, which takes place between the second and third rounds, and the Astros’ compensation pick, which happens between the fourth and fifth rounds.
The only option to view this portion of the draft will be to stream it on MLB.com starting at 1 p.m. ET on Monday.
The third and final day of the draft will wrap up with the 11th through 20th rounds of the draft.
Coverage of the final stretch of picks will be exclusively on MLB.com, starting at noon ET on Tuesday.
What time does the MLB Draft start today?
The MLB Draft will resume coverage at a different time each day, with a 7:07 p.m. start on Sunday, 1 p.m. start on Monday and noon beginning on Tuesday.
Only the first round and Competitive Balance Round A will be carried on TV, with ESPN and MLB Network both providing options for viewing the earliest rounds of the draft. The remainder of the draft will be viewable only on MLB.com.
|1/Comp Balance A||Sunday, July 11||7:07 p.m.||ESPN/MLB Network|
|2-10/Comp Balance B||Monday, July 12||1 p.m.||MLB.com|
|11-20||Tuesday, July 13||Noon||MLB.com|
MLB Draft order 2021
Sunday, July 11
Competitive Balance Round A