DENVER -- To understand how important Day 3 of the Draft is, all you have to do is look at this year’s All-Star Game rosters.
There are eight players named to this year’s All-Star teams who were drafted between the 11th and 20th rounds. Had you been watching those later rounds of the Draft over the years, you would have seen Ryan Pressly (2007), Nathan Eovaldi (2008), Taylor Rogers (2012) and Brandon Woodruff (2014) taken in the 11th round, Cedric Mullins (2015) in the 13th, Chris Bassitt (2011) in the 16th, Josh Hader (2012) in the 19th and J.D. Martinez (2009) in round 20.
Big leaguers can be found in any round, so make sure to tune in to all of MLB.com’s coverage of the final 10 rounds of the 2021 Draft on Tuesday.
How to watch and when
The Draft concludes on Tuesday with rounds 11-20 streamed live exclusively on MLB.com, beginning at noon ET, with no delay between selections. You can also see each pick as it’s made on Draft Tracker and by following @MLBDraftTracker on Twitter.
List of top players available
Will Taylor, OF, Dutch Forks (S.C.) HS (No. 20)
Peyton Stovall, SS, Haughton (La.) HS (No. 29)
Gage Jump, LHP, JSerra Catholic (Calif.) HS (No. 43)
Chase Burns, RHP, Beech (Tenn.) HS (No. 47)
Jackson Baumeister, RHP, The Bolles School (Fla.) HS (No. 53)
Thatcher Hurd, RHP, Mira Costa (Calif.) HS (No. 60)
Tommy Dilandri, OF, Palo Verde (NV) HS (No. 61)
Alex Mooney, SS, St. Marys Prep (MI) (No. 64)
Braden Montgomery, OF/RHP, Madison Central (MS) HS (No. 66)
Davis Diaz, SS/C, Acalanes (Calif.) HS (No. 71)
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You’ll see the top-ranked players on MLB Pipeline’s Draft Top 250 list are all high schoolers. In all likelihood, they will head on to honor their college commitments. But there are always exceptions as numerous players taken in the later rounds have been signed for over-slot deals in the bonus pool system.
In that system, teams have 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 without it counting against that pool. In the new system, teams have discovered they have bonus pool money left over once they’ve figured out bonuses for picks on Days 1 and 2 and they can use it to go over that $125,000 to sign Day 3 draftees.
It’s a low-risk proposition. In the top 10 rounds, a team loses a pick’s slot value from its pool if a player doesn’t sign. 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).