The 2015 Major League Baseball season is officially underway, which means scouts are officially hard at work again in preparation for the upcoming MLB Entry Draft.
Held annually during the first or second week of June, right as summer begins, the draft is comprised of 25 rounds with each of MLB’s 30 teams selecting from a pool of eligible high school, college and junior college players.
This year’s draft is also being headlined by Brady Aiken — the player the Houston Astros selected with the No. 1 overall draft pick last year in the video above — and how both parties refused to come to an agreement on a contract after being drafted last year, being eligible for the this year’s and now how he will have to rehabilitate after having Tommy John surgery at the end of March.
Throughout the season, teams will hypothesize where they will finish in the standings come September, but injuries, trades and other circumstances can force teams to shift gears at any time. During the late months of the spring, organizations begin to shift their focus, emphasize scouting a little more and finalize their prospect rankings based on developmental outlooks of existing players and potential team needs.
Baseball lends itself to this extensive process due to the sheer volume of draft-eligible players and the system in place — three minor league (A, Double-A and Triple-A) levels and their rosters and a Major League (main) roster.
The MLB Draft will be televised live in its entirety on the MLB Network.