The 2021 First Year Player Draft will be the fifty-seventh Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. For the first time, it will be held as part of the All-Star Game festivities in Atlanta, GA, starting on July 11th, and not in early June, as had traditionally been the case. This will mean that it will take place after the College World Series and not immediately before.
The 2020 Amateur Draft was limited to five rounds due to the Coronavirus pandemic shutting down amateur baseball in March, and that same agreement provided for a draft of twenty rounds this year. It is not clear how many rounds will take place going forward, but it is likely that it will be cut down significantly from the traditional forty, given the re-organization - read contraction - of the minor leagues. The Houston Astros, who would normally have had the #15 pick, were without a first-round choice, having been deprived of their top two selections in both the 2020 draft and this one as punishment for their sign-stealing trespasses discovered after the 2019 season.
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- Jim Callis: "Here's the 2021 MLB Draft order", mlb.com, October 12, 2020. 
- Jonathan Mayo: "Here are the Top 100 Draft prospects for '21", mlb.com, December 14, 2020.