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The Seven Most Interesting Picks From the First Day of the 2020 MLB Draft

For the first time in almost three months, there’s actual baseball news to talk about. Not labor negotiations or public health protocols, but something that relates to on-field play: the draft. The format looks a bit different this year—it’s been shortened to five rounds, with bonuses deferred for draft picks and capped at $20,000 for undrafted free agents, all so owners can save a little bit of money while the gates are closed. But on Wednesday night, the next generation of baseball stars still took another step on the road to the majors as the first 37 picks went off the board. Because of both the format and the truncated amateur season, this draft is unlike any in baseball history. So in the interest of detailed exploration (and of seizing any opportunity to write about baseball as such, and not as a political science experiment), I examined the seven most interesting picks from the first round.

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