Draft Day 3: How to watch, best available

July 19th, 2022

LOS ANGELES -- People around baseball will frequently say that big leaguers can be found anywhere, at any stage of the Draft. We’re not just talking big league contributors here. 

Want proof? Just look at this year’s All-Star Game rosters, which have a total of eight players taken after the 10th round of the Draft and a ninth in legacy All-Star Albert Pujols (13th round) who might be the standard-bearer in why the late rounds matter. The others, with the round they were selected in parentheses:

Joc Pederson (11)
Jeff McNeil (12)
Josh Hader (19)
JD Martinez (20)
Joe Mantiply (27)
Ty France (34)
David Bednar (35)
Nestor Cortes (36)

How to watch and when

The Draft concludes with rounds 11-20 on Tuesday, starting at 2 p.m. ET, with no delay between selections, all heard on MLB.com. You can also see each pick as it’s made on Draft Tracker and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter.

List of top players available

Tristan Smith, LHP, Boiling Springs (SC) HS (No. 46)
Malcolm Moore, C, CK McClatchy (Calif.) HS (No. 57)
Gavin Guidry, SS, Barbe (LA) HS (No. 70)
Brady Neal, C, IMG Academy (Fla.) HS (No. 74)
Sam Horn, SS, Collins Hill (GA) HS (No. 76)
Bradley Loftin, LHP, DeSoto Central (MS) HS (No. 77)
Jaden Noot, RHP, Sierra Canyon School (Calif.) HS (No. 79)
Jalin Flores, SS, Louis D. Brandeis (TX) HS (No. 82)
Jordan Taylor, OF, St. John's Country Day School (Fla.) HS (No. 83)
Cam Smith, SS, Palm Beach Central (Fla.) HS (No. 84)

You’ll see the top-ranked players on MLB Pipeline’s Draft Top 250 list are all high schoolers. There’s a good chance that group will head to college. But that’s not a 100-percent guarantee. Every year since the bonus pool system started, high-end players get taken on Day 3 and sign over-slot deals.

That system gives each team a certain amount of money to spend in the top 10 rounds of the Draft, a pool based on slot values for each selection they have. For picks beyond the 10th, teams can spend up to $125,000 per selection ($150,000 in 2023) without it counting against that pool. Now that Major League Baseball has completed the top 10 rounds, teams may have figured out they have some extra bonus pool money to go after some of those players.

There’s no risk in trying. If a team doesn’t sign a top 10-round selection, it would lose that pick’s slot value from its pool. That’s not the case on Day 3, so a team can take any of the above high school players, or any player for that matter, and not have to worry about a non-signing impacting the pool. Any bonus above that $125K threshold will count against that pool, however.

Top players taken in Rounds 11-20

Among the best players ever selected in rounds 11-20 are Hall of Famers Andre Dawson (11th, 1975), Ryne Sandberg (20th, 1978) and Jim Thome (13th, 1989), future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols (13th, 1999), former MVPs Jose Canseco (15th, 1982), Jeff Kent (20th, 1989), Don Mattingly (19th, 1979) and Dave Parker (14th, 1970) and Cy Young Award winners Orel Hershiser (17th, 1979) and Bret Saberhagen (19th, 1982).