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MLB Draft rolls on for Cougar hopefuls

Washington State Athletic Communications

Back in the day the MLB draft was 90+ rounds, held in a single day probably in the basement conference room of a random hotel. In 2021 the MLB is a made-for-TV event. What that means for several draft-eligible Cougars is they have to wait a little longer. For some, that could be today, while others will have to wait until tomorrow.

The draft kicked off on Sunday with the first round. As expected, no Cougs were selected. That should change on Monday with at least Kyle Manzardo getting the call. The 2021 MLB Draft is 20 rounds with rounds 2-10 happening on Monday beginning at 10 a.m. PT. The final 10 rounds will begin Wednesday morning.

Manzardo may not have to wait too long on Tuesday. Projections have often had him going from the second to fifth rounds. If this ranking proves to be accurate, Manzardo would be a third-round pick.

That ranking would also put White in the range to be picked on Tuesday as well. We will also have to see how the dust settles with any high school signees potentially being drafted as well. With the overall reduction in rounds from 40 to 20 this year, that may be less likely.

Should Manzardo be picked on Monday, he will be the first Cougar selected in the first 10 rounds of the draft since Jason Monda was selected in the sixth round in 2013. The Cougars did not have a player selected last year in the Covid-reduced five-round draft.



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