BaseballChannel.TV previews Draft
Exclusive preview coverage set for 2 p.m. Thursday
MLB.com will air its second annual exclusive First-Year Player Draft preview show, continuing what is already the most comprehensive Draft coverage anywhere. The show, which will stream live on Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, will take a look at some of the Draft's biggest prospects and examine the most recent trends in the days leading up to Draft Day.
BaseballChannel.TV host Vinny Micucci will host the hour-long show alongside MLB.com Minor League reporter and draft expert Jonathan Mayo as well as Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, who will both break down what players should land where on Draft Day.
Among the show's many features will be an exclusive interview with Tampa Bay Devil Rays Director of Scouting R.J. Harrison from Tropicana Field, where he is preparing to make the first overall pick for the third time in franchise history. There will also be in-depth looks at Vanderbilt University left-handed pitcher David Price, thought to be headed to the Devil Rays with that first overall pick, and Rutgers infielder Todd Frazier, who first burst upon the national scene when he led Toms River, N.J., to the Little League World Series title in 1998.
The show will offer a look at the strong crop of pitchers from the Northeastern United States this year, including potential first rounders Rick Porcello (New Jersey), Matt Harvey (Connecticut) and Jack McGeary (Massachusetts). The program will also give a retrospective peek at the ballyhooed 2002 First-Year Player Draft, which could be known as one of the top drafts for Major League pitching talent instead of its inclusion in Michael Lewis' best-selling book, Moneyball, and catch up with some fourth-year college seniors who chose to return to school to improve their draft stock instead of turning pro.
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. The remaining rounds on Day 1 will be shown exclusively at MLB.com, with live analysis from Orlando by Casey Stern, Mayo and Perfect Game USA's Dave Rawnsley. Day 2 of the Draft will get under way at 11:30 am 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.
|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|
Also once again this year, fans can also 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.
This preview show will whet fans' appetites for what is certain to be another year of outstanding draft coverage spotlighting MLB.com's resources.
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