Palmer set to represent O's at draft
Hall of Famer join star-studded lineup at 2007 event
Hall of Famer Jim Palmer will represent the Orioles, and join the star-studded lineup of former players who will attend the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. The two-day event will start June 7 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and will be televised for the first time in its 43-year history.
Palmer, the winningest pitcher in Baltimore history, signed a contract with the O's in 1963, two years before the First-Year Player Draft's inception. He will be joined by Scott Proefrock, Baltimore's director of baseball administration. Each club will send several ex-players or officials to represent their teams.
Other notable guests will include Felipe Alou, Steve Blass, Andre Dawson, Dwight Evans, Dallas Green, Ken Griffey, Sr., Willie Horton, Barry Larkin, Tony Oliva, Darryl Strawberry, Walt Weiss, Don Zimmer and Hall-of-Famers Robin Roberts, Tommy Lasorda and Dave Winfield.
ESPN2 will air each club's first-round choice. Clubs will have a maximum of five minutes to make their picks during the first round. Following the pick-by-pick coverage of the initial round, ESPN2's telecast will continue until 6 p.m. ET. After the completion of ESPN2's coverage, the first day of the draft will proceed until about 8:30 p.m. ET. On June 8, the draft will resume at 11:30 a.m. ET., and continue until its conclusion.
|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|
On the Draft's first day, June 7, MLB.com will go on the air live from Florida at 6 p.m. ET, providing full coverage after ESPN2's telecast. On June 8, each pick will be available via MLB.com along with analysis throughout the day.
MLB.com will air the 2007 draft preview show on June 7, at 2 p.m. ET.
Geremy Bass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.