The 2023 MLB Draft begins at 7 ET Sunday from Seattle, the site of this year’s All-Star Game. For the third straight year, the draft is 20 rounds. Day 1 of the draft features the first 2 rounds; ESPN will televise round 1, with ESPN+ covering round 2. A former player from Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Florida could go high in the draft.
Top Things to Know
The Pirates hold the No. 1 overall pick thanks to winning MLB’s first draft lottery last December. Under the old system, Pittsburgh – which finished tied for the third-worst record in MLB last year – would’ve had the third pick.
This will be the sixth time the Pirates have the top pick, breaking a tie with the Astros, Mets and Padres for the most all-time.
LSU right-hander Paul Skenes, who won a national championship last month and was named Most Outstanding Player at the Men’s College World Series, is projected to go No. 1 overall according to ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel.
Skenes would be the first pitcher taken with the top pick since 2018 (Casey Mize to the Tigers) and would be the first pitcher ever to win Most Outstanding Player at the Men’s College World Series and go No. 1 overall in the draft.
Skenes’ LSU teammate and Golden Spikes Award winner outfielder Dylan Crews is projected to go No. 2 overall to the Nationals. They would be the first pair of teammates in MLB Draft history to go 1-2.
Crews would be the first player ever to win the Golden Spikes, a national title and go top five in the draft in a single year.
Florida outfielder Wyatt Langford, who was battling with Skenes and Crews in the Men’s College World Series Finals, is projected to go No. 3 overall to the Tigers.
Never in MLB Draft history have the top-three picks been from the same conference. And never before have three of the top-10 picks played in the championship round of that year’s Men’s College World Series.
SWFL Prospects for the 2023 MLB Draft
Bishop Verot alum, Clemson signee Aidan Knaak leads the way with an outstanding high school resume. You can read about him and all the other SWFL prospects here.
Draft format and order
The first round will cover 39 picks: the first 28 for each team’s selection (excluding the Mets and Dodgers, whose picks dropped 10 spots each for exceeding the competitive balance tax threshold by more than $40 million)
The first ever Prospect Promotion Incentive Pick at 29 (to the Mariners for Julio Rodríguez winning AL ROY), and 10 Competitive Balance Round A selections (including the Mets at 32 and Dodgers at 36).
We will have more to say on Shemon and Sheppard on Monday about all these prospects. Below are the top 5 prospects for the upcoming draft tonight and a few nuggets for each of them.