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Outside The Confines: It’s getting Draft-y in here.

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2020 Major League Baseball Draft Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

As the Cubs welcome first-round draft pick Ed Howard to the club, the entire baseball world is fully immersed in the draft itself. And why wouldn’t they be? With little else to focus on the past several month, the arrival of real, tangible baseball news is a thrilling balm to the weary souls of baseball writers everywhere.

The draft itself has been covered elsewhere on the site, so we won’t dig too deeply into it here, but it’s worth mentioning that this new, abbreviated five-round draft leaves a lot of potential talent off the radar.

Two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom was a ninth-round pick, Nolan Ryan went in the 12th round of the first amateur draft, and Albert Pujols was signed in the 13th round.

While players who miss getting selected this year will potentially have another shot to be signed next year, it becomes more difficult to be seen as two draft classes merge in 2021.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.