A Major League Baseball spokesperson confirmed to Stephen Nesbitt of The Athletic on Monday that the 2021 draft order will be based on reverse-order winning percentage as it normally is. With a 28-32 record, the Philadelphia Phillies have the 13th pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were awarded the No. 1 pick after finishing 19-41 in the shortened 2020 season. The New York Mets, Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves hold the 10th, 11th, 16th and 24th picks of the Draft respectively. The first round of next year’s draft is widely expected to be loaded with talent for teams drafting in the top half.
The league had the right to revise the draft order in the event the 2020 season was either canceled or ended abruptly, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Since MLB completed its 60-game regular season, it was deemed appropriate to use winning percentage to determine how the teams will select amateur players next season.
The 2020 draft was cut to just five rounds. A usual draft has 40 rounds and according to Keith Law, the 2021 draft will be shortened as well. A source told Law the Draft will “likely contain between 20 and 30 rounds.”
2021 marks the first time the Phillies drafted 13th since 1992. They selected Creighton University outfielder Chad McConnell, who never played past Double-A. Johnny Damon was selected with the 35th pick that same year.
The Phillies selected pitcher Mick Abel out of Jesuit High School with the 15th pick in 2020. Bryson Stott — the 14th overall pick –was their selection in 2019.
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