SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball is moving the opening round of its amateur draft in Omaha, Nebraska, ahead of the College World Series
Next year's draft will be held from June 10-12 at Holland Performing Arts Center. The College World Series is slated to start June 13.
“The College World Series teams will all be welcome to attend the opening night of the draft," baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday. ”Obviously the result we're looking for here is that many of the players being drafted are going to have a much better draft-day experience, and we're going to have a much better draft-day experience."
Manfred said high school and youth baseball and softball players also will be invited.
“It's something that will solidify a strong work relationship with the NCAA, and we see the NCAA as a key organization in terms of the overall growth of the game," he said.
The draft will continue by conference call for rounds 2-10 on June 11 and rounds 11-40 on June 12.
Baseball's draft was long held by conference call at the commissioner's office in New York and draws far less attention than the NFL and NBA drafts. The baseball draft was moved to Lake Buena Vista, Florida, for 2007 and 2008. Since 2009, the first round has been held at MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Residents of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico are subject to the baseball draft.