MLB announces official dates for shortened draft

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The shortest amateur draft in the history of Major League Baseball has an official start time and date.

The first of five rounds will start at 6 p.m. on June 10th followed by rounds two through five at 4 p.m. on June 11th.

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Last week, the league decided to shorten the draft from 40 rounds all the way down to just five in an effort to save money during the coronavirus pandemic.

Another change is the deadline for draftees to sign, moving from July 10th to August 1st.

Teams can also sign an unlimited number of undrafted free agents for a maximum of $20,000.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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