As part of its decision to grant spring student-athletes an extra year, the NCAA has changed a few Division I baseball rules.
According to a CBS Sports article by R.J. Anderson, the NCAA has decided that returning baseball seniors will not count against the 35/27 limit in 2021. Previously, Division I baseball teams were only allowed to have 35 players on their rosters and 27 players on scholarship.
With the Major League Baseball draft shortened this summer, players who normally would have been drafted will be more inclined to play collegiately.
“The shortened draft ensures more recruits will wind up on campus next year and give college programs the most talent they've had to work with basically ever. So much round 6-40 talent will be college-bound now.
“The shortened draft means that not only will a couple hundred players go undrafted this summer, but many will also be squeezed off Division I rosters. The supply of players will far exceed the demand for those players in the draft and in Division I. Many players will have to head to Division II or III, or the NAIA, or a junior college, to continue their careers.”
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