Major League Baseball draft

The MLB Draft, also known as Rule 4 Draft, is an event of major league baseball MLB, in which the teams in the league can purchase rights to available amateur and youth players. In contrast to other North American top leagues of the National Basketball Association, National Football League and National Hockey League of the MLB Draft takes place during the current season.


The first draft of the Major League Baseball took place in June 1965. Originally there were three different drafts per year. First could be elected in January high school and college players who had graduated in the winter. Subsequently, by far the largest draft with the selection of high school and college players followed in June immediately after the end of the preseason at junior level. A third and final draft was held in August for players who took part in amateur summer tournaments. During this third draft was discontinued after only two years and also the January 1986 Draft was held for the last time, is the draft in June since 1965 annually. While there were large differences in the evaluation of the performance and thus the selection of high school and college players, especially in the first years of the draft, there is now hardly a difference between these two groups, which is the number of selected players in the Draft itself, as well as in the number of MLB bets terms in the course of their career.

The Draft

The MLB Draft has some unique features compared to the Drafts of the other top leagues. Firstly, the player first few years usually run on in the Minor Leagues, while in the NHL, NBA and the NFL selected ( " Drafted " ) players play relatively fast for their clubs. On the other Draft are significantly more players selected than in the other leagues in the MLB. Draft were in the MLB in 50 rounds 1,503 players selected in 2006, they were in the other leagues up to a maximum of 250 Because of the size of the draft only a fraction of the junior players ever reach the MLB. Even in the first round Draft there is a tremendous permeability. So managed by the first 53 in the MLB Draft selected in 1997 only 31 players made ​​it into the Major Leagues. In the sixth round of the same Draftes this managed only five of the 31 players.

However, there are always exceptions. So the American David Eckstein, who was in 1997 in the 19th round total of 581 selected as a player, was named among other most valuable player of the World Series and played several times in the MLB All- Star Game. His teammate Orlando Hudson, 1997 until the 43rd round as a whole in 1280. Selected players, announced on 24 July 2002, his MLB debut for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Draft order

Similar to the other North American leagues, the top team will receive with the worst previous year's results the right for the first draft pick. This sequence is continuously performed so that the best team of the previous year must always choose the last one player each round.