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How To Watch the MLB Draft in 2023

Don’t miss baseball’s future stars shine in the MLB Draft! You can watch every Round 1 selection on ESPN and MLB Network.

The MLB Draft is the ultimate leap into the big leagues for baseball’s rising talent. This year, you can watch the three-day event starting Saturday, July 9, on ESPNESPN+, and MLB Network.

Coinciding with MLB All-Star Week, the draft is one of many exciting events happening around the Midsummer Classic. It’s also a great way to see high school and college baseball players enter the spotlight.

Keep scrolling to see how you can watch every draft round, and don’t miss our MLB All-Star Game viewing guide for more baseball festivities.

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What channel is the MLB Draft on?

The first day of the MLB Draft airs on MLB Network and ESPN+, with Round 1 coverage also airing on ESPN. After that, the remaining two draft days stream for free on MLB.com and the MLB app.

Pro tip: You can listen to the first round of the MLB Draft on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio (ch. 89). The satellite radio channel will also feature live coverage of the MLB All-Star Game, All-Star Futures Game, and Home Run Derby.

2023 MLB Draft schedule

The 2023 MLB Draft will occur this July during All-Star Week at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington. Though, other important draft events happen beforehand, as outlined in the schedule below.

Event Date Time (ET) Channels
MLB Draft Lottery December 6, 2022 8:30 p.m. MLB Network, MLB.com, MLB app
MLB Draft Combine June 20–25, 2023 Various MLB Network
MLB Draft Day 1 (Rounds 1–2) July 9, 2023 7:00 p.m. ESPN (Round 1), MLB Network, ESPN+
MLB Draft Day 2 (Rounds 3–10) July 10, 2023 2:00 p.m. MLB.com, MLB app
MLB Draft Day 3 (Rounds 11–20) July 11, 2023 2:00 p.m. MLB.com, MLB app

Data effective as of post date.

MLB Draft selection order

After winning the MLB Draft Lottery in December, the Pittsburgh Pirates will select first during the 2023 draft. Below is the complete draft order for Round 1. To see other rounds—including incentive and compensation picks—check out MLB’s 2023 Draft Order page.

Pick Team
1 Pittsburgh Pirates
2 Washington Nationals
3 Detroit Tigers
4 Texas Rangers
5 Minnesota Twins
6 Oakland Athletics
7 Cincinnati Reds
8 Kansas City Royals
9 Colorado Rockies
10 Miami Marlins
11 Los Angeles Angels
12 Arizona Diamondbacks
13 Chicago Cubs
14 Boston Red Sox
15 Chicago White Sox
16 San Francisco Giants
17 Baltimore Orioles
18 Milwaukee Brewers
19 Tampa Bay Rays
20 Toronto Blue Jays
21 St. Louis Cardinals
22 Seattle Mariners
23 Cleveland Guardians
24 Atlanta Braves
25 San Diego Padres
26 New York Yankees
27 Philadelphia Phillies
28 Houston Astros

Data effective as of post date.

Best TV plans for watching the MLB Draft

The best TV plan for watching the MLB Draft depends on how much additional coverage you want. Sling TV’s Sling Orange plan with the Sports Extra add-on is the cheapest viewing option. The package includes ESPN and MLB Network for as low as $51 a month. However, you won’t get FOX for watching the MLB All-Star Game.

A simple over-the-air (OTA) antenna can set you up with FOX as long as you’re within range of a local affiliate station. But if you’re looking for a quick, short-term way of watching the draft and other All-Star events, you’re better off trying a live TV streaming free trial. Fubo offers a seven-day free trial, and its Elite plan comes with FOX, ESPN, and MLB Network.

Which TV providers carry the MLB Draft?

Most TV providers carry the opening rounds of the MLB Draft via ESPN and MLB Network. Though, MLB Network may require a higher-tier plan or add-on package. Our table below illustrates which providers offer the two channels.

Provider Price ESPN MLB Network Details
Cox $61.00–$152.00/mo.
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DIRECTV $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DIRECTV STREAM $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DISH $84.99–$114.99/mo. View plans

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Fubo $32.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Hulu + Live TV $76.99–$89.99/mo. View plans

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Optimum $35.00–$125.00/mo. View plans

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Philo $28.00/mo. View plans

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Sling TV $40.00–$55.00/mo. View plans

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Spectrum $69.99–$74.99/mo. View plans

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Vidgo $69.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Xfinity $20.00–$80.00/mo.
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YouTube TV $72.99/mo. View plans

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How to watch the MLB Draft for free

The great thing about the MLB Draft is that you can watch most of it for free on MLB.com and the MLB app. But you’ll need a TV provider to watch the first two rounds across ESPN and MLB Network.

Fortunately, live TV streaming services like Fubo and YouTube TV offer various free trials. If you haven’t signed up before, we recommend trying Fubo’s Elite plan during the MLB All-Star Week. Not only will you get access to Day 1 of the MLB Draft, but you’ll also be able to watch the Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star Game. Just be sure to cancel before your trial period ends—otherwise, you’ll strike out on the freeness.

How to watch the MLB Draft FAQ

How can I watch the MLB Draft without cable?

You’ll need a live TV streaming service that offers ESPN and MLB Network to watch the first draft day. Otherwise, the final two draft days stream entirely on MLB.com and the MLB app for free.

How can I watch the MLB Draft on my phone?

You can watch the MLB Draft on your phone through ESPN+ on the ESPN app or by using the MLB app. You’ll need a TV provider login to watch Day 1 via MLB Network on the MLB app, but all other days will stream for free within the app.

Where can I watch the MLB Draft Lottery?

You can watch the MLB Draft Lottery on MLB Network. The inaugural event took place during the MLB Winter Meetings in December 2022.

Why you should trust us

Our sports experts watched the MLB Draft over the last several years across various TV services and devices. Using that experience, we researched this year’s draft viewing options and compared popular TV services head to head. Ultimately, we based our provider recommendations on ease of use, pricing, and overall MLB event access.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

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