Major League Baseball’s inaugural combine kicked off earlier this week and sporadic coverage has been provided throughout various assortments of media. However, fans will get a much more detailed look at the event on Friday when MLB Network provides five consecutive hours of coverage beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Greg Amsinger, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Bill Ripken, Dan O’Dowd, Jim Callis, and Sarah Langs will all be present to “provide analysis and breakdowns throughout the afternoon on June 25th as the players undergo their pro-style showcase workout,” according to a press release from MLB. The coverage will also include interviews with players and team personnel.
MLB announced plans for this event, which is open to draft-eligible high school and college athletes, in early June. Here’s our description from a few weeks ago on what to expect:
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball are partnering up to hold an MLB Draft Combine this summer. The inaugural event will take place from June 21 to 28 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., and the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C.
Together, USA Baseball and MLB clubs selected over 100 top prospects from both the high school and collegiate ranks. These players will convene for on-field workouts as well as strength and conditioning drills. They will be joined by several top baseball personnel, including executives and former players.
The experience will not only allow draft prospects to put their talents on display in a showcase-style setting but also prepare for careers in baseball. In addition to medical and performance assessments, they will undergo educational programming “designed to prepare them for a career in professional baseball,” according to the league. There will also be a unique showcase tournament designed specifically for the prep prospects in attendance.
Four high school showcase games were held between Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday featured on-field workouts and strength and conditioning assessments, while Friday is expected to include much of the same. The event concludes with two more high school showcase games on Saturday.
The 2021 MLB Draft will be held in Denver, Co., as part of the league’s All-Star Break festivities. The 20-round event, which is set to kick off on Sunday, July 11, will span three days.
Below, you will find a list of all 150-plus prospects in attendance for this week’s combine.