Snyder, Garr to represent club at Draft
Veteran scouts to be face of club at televised event
ATLANTA -- Having made countless contributions to the Braves organization over the course of the past five decades, Paul Snyder and Ralph Garr have already been enshrined in the club's Hall of Fame.
When next week's First-Year Player Draft is held at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex, Snyder and Garr will be two of the three Braves representatives that will be present. They'll be joined by Kurt Kemp, the club's director of player development.
For the first time, this event will be shown on television. ESPN 2 will provide first day coverage on June 7 from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. ET.
MLB.com will broadcast every pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, which takes place June 7-8 at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. Day 1 coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET with a simulcast of ESPN2's broadcast of the first round and compensation picks. Video coverage of the remaining rounds on Day 1 will air at MLB.com, with live interviews and analysis from Orlando by Casey Stern, Jonathan Mayo and Perfect Game USA's Dave Rawnsley. Day 2 of the Draft will get under way at 11:30 a.m. ET and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com with analysis from Mayo and Perfect Game USA's Allan Simpson.
Also once again this year, fans can follow every pick with MLB.com's live Draft Tracker, a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player featuring biographical data, statistics, scouting reports and rare scouting video.
Snyder, whose association with the Braves dates back to when his professional playing career began in 1957, is recognized as one of the finest scouts the game has seen. This past winter, Minor League Baseball presented him with the highly coveted honor of being its "King of Baseball."
In addition, Baseball America named him one of baseball's 25 most influential men of the past 25 years.
Throughout the years, Snyder has proved influential in the signings of Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones and David Justice. It's safe to say the day each of those future superstars were drafted, the scene was much different than the one Major League Baseball is providing with this year's enhanced Draft.
|1. TB||LHP||David Price||Vanderbilt U|
|2. KC||SS||Michael Moustakas||Chatsworth HS (Calif.)|
|3. CHC||3B||Josh Vitters||Cypress HS (Calif.)|
|4. PIT||LHP||Daniel Moskos||Clemson U|
|5. BAL||C||Matthew Wieters||Georgia Tech|
|6. WSH||LHP||Ross Detwiler||Missouri St U|
|7. MIL||LF||Matthew LaPorta||U Florida|
|8. COL||RHP||Casey Weathers||Vanderbilt U|
|9. ARI||RHP||Jarrod Parker||Norwell HS|
|10. SF||LHP||Madison Bumgarner||South Caldwell HS|
While Braves director of scouting Roy Clark will be making draft decisions in the draft room at Turner Field, Snyder, Garr and Kemp will be in familiar territory. The selections will be announced about 25 yards from where the Braves hold Spring Training on an annual basis.
"At first we were a little worried that they wanted to have television cameras in our draft room because you know over the years we wouldn't have even let our mothers in there," Snyder said. "But I think this will be all right. I don't know how many people know these baseball players. But it will be nice for those following along looking to see when the hometown kid gets selected."
Snyder went into the Braves Hall of Fame in 2005, one year ahead of Garr, whose association with the organization began in 1967, when the Braves took him in the third round out of Grambling (then known as Grambling State University).
The speedy Garr, who compiled an Atlanta-record 219 hits in 1971, has spent nearly 30 years in the Braves organization as a player or in his current scouting role.
Kemp, who contributed to the past two Drafts as a national cross-checker, was named the club's director of player development in August. He joined the organization as an area scout in 1998 and has since fast-tracked toward the top of the front office.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.