A truncated version of Major League Baseball’s annual draft starts tonight, with the new format likely meaning the end of a streak for Husker baseball.
No Nebraska player is expected to have his name called tonight or tomorrow, which will snap a streak of 27 consecutive years with at least one Husker drafted.
The draft, which originally had been scheduled to be held in Omaha, was moved due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was also shortened to five rounds rather than the usual 40 rounds. That means only 160 college and high school ballplayers will be drafted this year, instead of more than 1,000.
Nebraska could lose some players beginning Sunday, when MLB teams can begin signing an unlimited number of undrafted free agents. That signing period runs until August 1st.
You can watch the first 37 selections in the draft tonight. MLB Network and ESPN will air live coverage starting at 6 p.m.