The 2020 MLB amateur draft pool allocations were announced for the upcoming draft including what the Toronto Blue Jays will have to spend later this summer.
The 2020 version of the MLB amateur draft will be like none other this summer as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Blue Jays will in all likelihood only have five rounds of selections, however, that total could be increased when the actual date comes closer.
According to Jim Callis of MLB.com, the Jays will have $9,694,300 to spend in a five-round format and that number could increase to $10,737,700 if the draft is extended to ten rounds. The Blue Jays will have the 5th overall selection this year after picking 11th in 2019.
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In 2019, the Jays opted for college pitcher Alek Manoah with the 11th selection in the draft. The larger than life 22-year old enjoyed his first taste of pro ball making six starts for the Vancouver Canadians. Manoah sported a 2.65 earned run average with 27 strikeouts in 17 innings of work.
The draft is currently scheduled to begin on June 10 although that date could realistically be postponed until sometime in July. The Jays have the following slot values assigned to their picks in the event of a 10-round draft.
1st Round- $6,180,700
2nd Round- $1,771,100
3rd Round- $805,600
4th Round- $543,500
5th Round- $406,000
6th Round- $306,800
7th Round- $241,000
8th Round- $188,900
9th Round- $160,300
10th Round- $148,400
The Detroit Tigers have the 1st overall pick in the draft and it appears that Austin Martin is the current consensus number one pick, however, Spencer Torkelson, Asa Lacy, Emerson Hancock, and Nick Gonzales could all be in play by the time it goes down.
Following the Tigers will be the Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals and then the Blue Jays. Last season, the Orioles drafted backstop Adley Rutschman with the first overall pick in the draft.
The Jays do not have any competitive balance or free agent compensation picks in the 2020 draft. Regardless, they are slated to land a pretty talented player 5th overall from the above group whenever the draft finally takes place.