MLB will hold first-ever pre-MLB draft combine

CARY, N.C. – Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced the first-ever MLB Draft Combine for high school and college baseball players.

The PDP League also will return after the cancellation of the 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PDP League is a developmental and assessment event for prep players eligible for the following year’s draft.

Both programs will occur at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The inaugural MLB Draft Combine is June 20-28. It will feature top high school and college baseball prospects selected by MLB teams. Players will participate in medical and performance assessments and an educational event to prepare them for professional baseball careers.

The top 88 high school players eligible for July’s draft will participate in a unique showcase tournament on June 20-26. The tournament will feature eight games and a pro-style showcase workout.

The second PDP League is July 22 to Aug. 1. It will feature the top 96 high school players eligible for the 2022 draft.

This year’s draft is July 11-13, making it the first time the draft has not occurred in June. The draft will feature at least 20 rounds.

Dan Zielinski III has covered the MLB draft for six years. He’s interviewed 253 of the top draft prospects in that period, including three No. 1 overall picks. Multiple publications, including Baseball America, USA Today, and The Arizona Republic, have quoted his work, while he’s appeared on radio stations as a “MLB draft expert.” Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III is the creator of the Baseball Prospect Journal and has covered the MLB draft since 2015. His draft work originally appeared on, a sports website he started in December 2011. He also covered the Milwaukee Brewers as a member of the credentialed media for four years. Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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