2020 MLB Draft will only be five rounds Share this: ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel reported this evening that Major League Baseball will slash its amateur draft to five rounds for 2020. The draft usually consists of 40 rounds. As JJ Cooper of Baseball America notes, last year the MLB draft had 1,217 players picked. This year 160 players will be selected once supplemental picks are added in. In 1996, the New York Yankees selected 100 players alone. As for talent, players selected in the sixth through tenth round over the past decade include Jacob deGrom, Dallas Keuchel, Paul Goldschmidt, Marcus Semien, Miles Mikolas, Whit Merrifield, Kyle Hendricks, Brian Dozier, Trey Mancini, Kendall Graveman, and Emilio Pagán.