Major League Baseball announced scheduling details for the 2022 amateur draft and the draft combine on Thursday.
The draft will begin on Sunday, July 17 and stretch until Tuesday, July 19 to coincide with the All-Star Game festivities for a second consecutive season. The first night of the draft will burn through the initial two rounds; day two will features rounds three through 10; and then the last 10 rounds (remember, the draft is only 20 rounds now, as opposed to the old 40-round format) will take place on the third and final day.
It's worth noting that front-office types were not pleased with MLB's decision to schedule the draft in July because of the impact it had on the rest of the calendar, among other aspects. CBS Sports reported on some of their concerns last summer:
"Moving [the draft] to the All-Star Break added a month of prep that we didn't need and put everyone behind for the trade deadline," one American League talent evaluator said. (It's unclear if teams will behave in more conservative manners at the deadline because of the delayed draft.)
The draft combine, now in its second year, will feature the top 300 eligible players and will take place from June 14 through June 20 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Here's what the combine promises, according to the league's release:
As part of the Combine experience, attendees will benefit from the opportunity to interview and interact directly with Major League Club general managers and scouting directors, as well as an enhanced medical evaluation process. Participants at the MLB Draft Combine will also have opportunities to be featured on MLB social media channels, in addition to receiving personal branding training and access to real-time content and custom video for their own platforms.
This year's All-Star Game will be played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.