The 2023 Major League Baseball Draft is scheduled to take place on Sunday night in Seattle as part of the MLB's All-Star Game festivities. Featuring 20 rounds, the draft showcases numerous notable prospects, including two standout players from the NCAA champion LSU Tigers. The event will unfold over the course of three days, and the Pittsburgh Pirates hold the coveted No. 1 pick in this year's draft, having secured it through the inaugural MLB Draft Lottery.
The selection made by the Buccos will be unveiled on Sunday night, but until then, we have you covered with all the essential information leading up to the event. This includes details such as the draft schedule, round-specific times, draft order, and noteworthy players to watch out for.
When and where will the 2023 MLB Draft take place?
The 2023 MLB Draft kicks off on Sunday night with Rounds 1 and 2 in Seattle. Round 1 is scheduled to commence at 7 p.m. ET. The draft will be hosted at Lumen Field, the home stadium of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, located adjacent to the Mariners' T-Mobile Park. Rounds 3-10 will occur on Monday, July 10, with the draft wrapping up on Tuesday, July 11, with Rounds 11-20. The action on Monday and Tuesday is set to begin at 2 p.m. ET.
How can I watch the 2023 MLB Draft?
Below are the TV channel and live streaming options for each day of the draft:
Sunday (Rounds 1 and 2): TV channels: ESPN, MLB Network | Live stream: fubo (free trial available)
Monday (Rounds 3-10): Live stream: MLB.com
Tuesday (Rounds 11-20): Live stream: MLB.com
If you have cable, watching the MLB Draft's early rounds will be a breeze. The coverage kicks off on Sunday (July 9) with Rounds 1 and 2, airing on ESPN and the MLB Network at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.
For the later rounds, MLB.com will be the host. Rounds 3 through 10 will be streamed on Monday at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT, followed by Rounds 11 through 20 on Tuesday, also at the same time.
Cutting the cord? No worries. You can still access ESPN through popular cable TV alternatives like Sling TV Orange (starting at $40 per month, with a $15 initial fee) and fubo ($75 per month with a 7-day free trial). MLB Network can be added on as an extra service ($8 on Fubo, $11 for Sling TV).
Additionally, ESPN is available on platforms such as YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, and DirecTV Stream. However, for MLB Network, only DirecTV Stream's $100 and higher plans offer the channel.
Fubo is an excellent streaming service that not only includes ESPN but also features many channels with live MLB streams. It's highly regarded as one of the top streaming services overall, and you won't need cable if you subscribe. They even provide a 7-day free trial, so you don't have to pay upfront.
If you're looking for a great option to catch nationally-broadcast MLB games, consider the Sling TV Blue + Orange package. Starting at $55 per month, this package ensures you won't miss out on major networks like ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports, and TBS. For an additional $10 per month, you can add the MLB Network to your subscription, along with other channels like ESPNEWS, NBA TV, and the NHL Network. Local FOX and NBC affiliates are also included.
What is the draft order for the 2023 MLB Draft?
Here is the order for the first round of the 2023 MLB Draft:
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels
Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox
San Francisco Giants
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
St. Louis Cardinals
San Diego Padres
New York Yankees
Who are the top prospects in this draft?
Several highly regarded players in this draft class have recently showcased their skills on the national stage. Dylan Crews, regarded as the top player by CBS Sports, played a pivotal role in leading LSU to a national title, alongside pitcher Paul Skenes, who ranks fifth on the list. In the College World Series championship, LSU triumphed over Florida, led by outfielder Wyatt Langford, the second-ranked prospect in the group.
Here are the top 10 players in the class:
Dylan Crews, OF, LSU
Wyatt Langford, OF, Florida
Walker Jenkins, OF, South Brunswick HS (NC)
Max Clark, CF, Franklin Community HS (IN)
Paul Skenes, RHP, LSU
Arjun Nimmala, SS, Strawberry Crest HS (FL)
Kyle Teel, C, Virginia
Chase Dollander, RHP, Tennessee
Enrique Bradfield, CF, Vanderbilt
Chase Davis, OF, Arizona
Which player will my favorite team select? We won't know for sure until draft night, but CBS Sports' Mike Axisa has made an educated guess. Here's his latest mock draft, which predicts the Nationals will choose Skenes with the No. 2 pick. Before the selection of 614 players unfolds over the three-day period, we've compiled a look at the top available prospects, mock drafts projecting the early picks, and explanations of all the relevant rules. This will help you get ready for the excitement that lies ahead.