Another aspect of baseball’s operations is now on hiatus: scouting has been shut down.
Amateur draft currently scheduled to be held June 10 to 12. With so much uncertain, MLB does not want any clubs seeking a scouting advantage over any other. https://t.co/ZG9eV6kZJn
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 16, 2020
This is a very good policy decision by MLB, given that you want to ENCOURAGE every team to do the right thing to socially distance and stop the spread of the Coronavirus, but you don’t want to give bad actors an incentive to get an edge by still going out there and scheduling private workouts.
The reality is that the draft, if it proceeds on June 10, is going to be weird as hell. There likely will have been no baseball for these amateur players for three months (if they played any at all this season before that), so teams will have to draft on virtually zero recent eyes and data. It’s kinda head-shaking at this point, but that’s where we are.