June 15, 2022 –MLB Network is set to increase its coverage of the MLB Draft Combine with more than 10 hours of live programming from Petco Park this Thursday, June 16, and Friday, June 17 in San Diego. With more than 250 Draft-eligible players in attendance, tomorrow’s coverage will begin with a three-hour program at 12 p.m. (ET)/9 a.m. (PT), followed by a special MLB Tonight at 6 p.m. (ET)/3 p.m. (PT). This Friday, June 17 will feature MLB Central covering the action at 9 a.m. (ET)/6 a.m. (PT), followed by six-and-a-half consecutive live hours of coverage starting at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. (PT). MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, A.J. Andrews, Dan O’Dowd, Jake Peavy, Bo Porter, Harold Reynolds and Alanna Rizzo, as well as MLB.com’s Jim Callis and Sarah Langs, will provide analysis and breakdowns as the players participate in their pro-style showcase workout.
MLB Network will cover the drills being performed at each position, with additional insight provided by guest instructors Dante Bichette, Brett Boone, Mike Cameron, Rajai Davis, AJ Ellis, Marquis Grissom, Trevor Hoffman, Torii Hunter, Raul Ibanez, Adam Jones, Brian Jordan, David Justice, Omar Minaya, Charles Nagy, Mike Scioscia and Dmitri Young. Club executives Mike Elias (Baltimore Orioles), Perry Minasian (Los Angeles Angels) and Chris Young (Texas Rangers) are scheduled to join the set as teams go through player evaluations. Special segments including Dan O’Dowd hosting a mock player interview and A.J. Andrews performing player conditioning drills along with Little League World Series star, RBI World Series participant and current Hampton University softball player Mo’ne Davis will be featured throughout.
New to the 2022 MLB Network coverage will be real-time measurements and leaderboards of Thursday’s 30-yard dash and broad jump from the strength and conditioning workouts. Utilizing Statcast data powered by Google Cloud, on-screen graphics will be shown featuring real-time exit velocity, launch angle and projected distance during batting practice, and arm strength velocity and spin rates during mound sessions. Leaderboards of the best performers will be highlighted. The sights and sounds of MLB Network’s combine coverage will be captured from all angles, including visuals from a Megaladon, FPV Drone, Marshall POV and 2 RF Cage Cameras. Wireless mics will be worn by players and MLB Network’s personalities throughout the two days of coverage.
Highlights from the MLB Draft Combine will be featured across MLB Network’s kids-focused program Play Ball presented by Nike this Saturday, June 18, at 10 a.m. ET, plus later in the day in a special one-hour recap program at 1 p.m. ET. The first round of the 2022 MLB Draft is scheduled for Sunday, July 17 during All-Star Week in Los Angeles on MLB Network. The inaugural Draft Combine in 2021 was held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. and the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C.