Neyer: How baseball’s draft has changed

From SABR member Rob Neyer at The National Pastime Museum on June 16, 2017:

In 2017, baseball’s draft—the “Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft,” if you want to get all official about the thing—will consisted of 40 regular rounds. Plus a few “supplemental” picks between the first and second rounds. Plus two “competitive balance” rounds. All told, there were exactly 1,215 players chosen this year.

Seems like a lot, doesn’t it? After all, the NFL draft includes only seven rounds (with 253 players drafted last year), and the NBA draft has only two rounds.

So, 40 rounds seems like a lot.

Historically speaking, though, it’s not so many rounds at all.

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Originally published: June 16, 2017. Last Updated: June 16, 2017.