MLB will allow teams to draft the 2019 MLB draft, according to a report from ESPN’s Buster Olney.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that the league will allow players to choose their picks in the 2019 edition of the draft, which will be the second consecutive year it has allowed the process.
Draft lottery picks will be awarded in a tie-breaker process, with the winner receiving first pick.
According to Mortensen, the NBA will also allow teams in the 2018 draft to select the first pick, while the NCAA’s 2019 basketball draft will be decided by a tiebreaker.
The 2018 draft, held in March, is expected to be dominated by the NBA, with top prospects such as Lonzo Ball, Jabari Parker, Emmanuel Mudiay and Jahlil Okafor among the top 10 picks.
“It’s going to be a good draft for both teams,” Olney said.
“There’s some great prospects there, and some teams will be really excited about drafting at least one of those players.
It’s not going to go down as a lottery.
The league’s going through a lot of changes.
They’re trying to modernize the draft system, but they’re not going away completely.
It’ll be a fun draft.”
Mortensen added that the 2019 NBA draft could also be the last one for the NCAA, with its current members, the Big Ten, ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12, all moving on to the next level.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell also reported that both the MLB and NBA are considering moving into a multi-team league, similar to the American League.
The NBA, which is also in talks with CBS Sports to broadcast its draft on the network, said that the process would begin in 2021.