MLB officials decided to cut the 2020 MLB draft from 40 rounds to five due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were 22 former Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic participants selected in this year’s MLB Draft including seven first round picks.

“We were proud to hear the names of 22 former tournament participants called in the 2020 MLB Draft,” said Dustin Johnson, sports marketing manager for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “As these players begin professional careers, many of them remember their experiences visiting Shriners Hospitals for Children locations or hosting patient families at their campus. The tournament connects student-athletes to our charitable mission, which they continue to support as professional athletes.”

Former Shriners Hospitals for Children patient Levi Prater was drafted to the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round. To read an article about his story, click here.