Major Update to Amateur Draft

All leagues, at the start of their next season, will automatically switch to a new “sequential” amateur draft process. This will dramatically change the way teams and leagues run their drafts, giving more control and flexibility.

Currently, the draft happens all at once. You order all 80 players in the draft, and on July 15 of each season, all three rounds of the draft happen at once. You get your highest-ranked pick in each round based on who is available. There is no ability to adapt based on who has been picked ahead of you.

Going forward, the draft will happen over the course of 72 “game days”. The first pick happens on May 21 of each season. Every game day thereafter, the next pick happens, giving each owner time to readjust their draft list based on who has been picked ahead of them. As players are picked, they are removed from a team’s draft list, so you are only ordering the players remaining in the draft. You can now adjust your picks based on exactly who is available in the draft, throughout the draft, until the last pick is made on July 31.

The new draft process works as follows.

April 15 – draft list appears; teams can start ordering their draft picks.
May 21 – draft starts; first overall pick is selected.
May 22 through July 30 – draft continues, with one pick per day.
July 31 – last pick of draft; draft lists disappear (no longer relevant).

A few key notes:

Prior to this release, all pending trades that include draft picks will be canceled. This is a necessary one-time operation as part of the upgrade. Impacted owners will be notified.
Each league enforces a limit of 20 players in low minors. If your team already has 20 players in low minors when it is your turn to take your draft pick, you will skip that pick only (not the remainder of the draft).
The daily draft picks towards the end of the sim process, after games are simulated. This is different from the current (“all at once”) sim process, which runs before games are simulated.
After your pick is completed, your drafted player is moved to your low minors immediately. This is a small additional benefit to early picks over later picks.
You can trade draft picks any time during the draft as long as the pick has not already occurred. Once a draft pick occurs, any trades for that pick are automatically canceled.
All players not drafted become free agents, just as today.