The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft will begin tonight at 7pm ET. You can follow the draft on both MLB Network and ESPN. MLB Network will also have an hour long preview show beginning at 6pm ET. The draft tonight will encompass only the 1st round and the competitive balance round A picks, which will total 36 picks on the night. There will be four minutes between each of the 1st round picks (29 of them) and then two minutes between the competitive balance round A picks (six of them). Day two of the draft will begin on Monday at 1pm ET and include rounds 2-10. Day three will begin on Tuesday at noon ET and be for rounds 11-20. Both days will be on MLB.com.
No team has more selections on day one than the Cincinnati Reds, who have three picks. Cincinnati will select 17th, 30th (compensation for losing Trevor Bauer in free agency) and 35th (competitive balance pick).
Cincinnati will have the 4th highest bonus pool amount to spend in the draft thanks in large part to their additional picks on day one. Their total pool amount is $11,905,700.
Every pick after the 10th round can sign for up to $125,000 without counting towards the draft pool amount. Any dollar spent above that amount counts towards the overall pool amount for the team. If a team goes over their total amount by 0-5% then they just owe MLB a check for 75% of the amount they spent over their pool allotment. If a team goes beyond 5% then they lose their first round pick next year and also owe a 75% overage check. No team has ever gone over the 5% threshold.
As far as coverage goes – once the Cincinnati Reds begin making their picks, I will create a new post for that player with information, scouting reports, videos, comments, etc. for that selection. Usually those are up and ready to go within about 10 minutes with most information and will be added to as the night goes on.
Latest Mock Drafts
Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis had their final mock draft this morning at MLB.com. They both have the Reds selecting Miami of Ohio’s Sam Bachman with the 17th overall pick.
Baseball America’s latest mock draft was updated this afternoon. You’ll need a subscription to read the entire thing, but they’ve got the Reds selecting high school outfielder Will Taylor.
My Thoughts for the Reds
The Cincinnati Reds don’t ask for my opinion on these things – or any things, really – but if anyone is reading here goes: Pick the best player available to you at 17. Just because you have extra money to work with doesn’t mean you should try to get cute. Take the best player at 17 and worry about taking less talented players at 30 and 35 when you get there. You don’t know who will be there for you then and trying to play games could lead to having three lesser players than you otherwise could have had if you simply selected the best guy with your first pick. That’s it. Pretty simple advice from me, person who is not in the draft room, has never been in the draft room, and will never be in the draft room.