Draft Three Weeks Away
Three weeks from tomorrow, baseball’s annual First-Year Player Draft will be held. This year the first day (June 9) will take place in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, NJ. The first 111 selections will be live on the MLB Network starting at 6 p.m.
The following two days will be conducted via conference call from MLB’s headquarters in New York City. MLB.com will have complete selection-by-selection coverage all three days.
Because we signed Raul Ibanez, we have forfeited our first-round selection. It will go to Seattle. Losing first-round picks sometimes is difficult but Raul has carried our offense all season long. He’s certainly been worth a first-rounder.
We will have the 75th, 106th and 137th selections in the first four rounds.
Marti Wolever and his scouting staff have been following amateur players since February. In addition, they’ve held tryouts in Houston, Southern California, Omaha and Atlanta this month. Actually, they are in Atlanta today. Three days before the draft, we’ll have an invitation-only tryout at Citizens Bank Park.
Joining Marti’s staff in scouting prospects are Pat Gillick, Benny Looper and Chuck LaMar. The more opinions the better.
Draft strategy this year changes for us because our first pick is the 75th. The cream of this year’s crop won’t slide down that far.
Every team will have two representatives at the June 9 draft in the MLB Network. Dallas Green and I have been chosen. We were there for the very first draft in 1965 at the Commodore Hotel in New York and two years ago when the draft was televised for the first time by ESPN in Disney World.
While in Orlando, Dallas and I also had a chance to see our relatives: Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful and Grumpy.