By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
Western Dubuque Bobcats senior all-state catcher Calvin Harris hopes to receive a phone call from one of the 30 Major League Baseball teams in the next two days as the 2020 MLB Draft takes place. This years draft will be different because of COVID-19, besides it being done remotely via videoconferencing. Only five rounds will take place compared to forty in past years. That means only 160 players will be drafted compared to over a thousand normally. Teams will be able to sign undrafted free agents but for only $20,000. According to several MLB scouts, Harris is right on the border of being drafted with interest still being shown from some teams. If the right situation doesn’t take place in the draft, Harris has signed to play college baseball at Ole Miss. Coaches informed him last Friday that he would need to report to campus by the end of the month. Harris, the Peosta native is hoping to help lead the Bobcats to the state tournament this summer with a chance at a possible championship like the one him and his football teammates won back in late November. Western Dubuque Baseball was 32-10 last season and lost in the first round of the 4A state bracket to Urbandale. Harris had a .408 batting average, tallying 42 hits with 7 home runs while driving in 40 runs. The Bobcats begin their 2020 campaign this coming Monday night against Dubuque Wahlert at Farley Park with a JV/Varsity doubleheader beginning at 5pm.
The draft begins this evening at 6:00 with the first 37 picks, televised on the MLB Network and ESPN. The next 123 picks will begin at 4:00 on Thursday afternoon live on the MLB Network and ESPN2.