Nats to send two reps to Draft
White and Williams to represent club on June 5
WASHINGTON -- Devon White and Bobby Williams will represent the Nationals during the 2008 First-Year Player Draft on June 5 in Orlando, Fla. The team has the ninth pick in the Draft.
Devon White, who was an excellent defensive center fielder in the late 1980s and 1990s, is an outfield coordinator with the club. The Angels drafted him in the sixth round of the 1981 First-Year Player Draft.
Williams, who is the son of former NBA general manager Pat Williams, is Washington's director of player development.
MLB.com will carry every pick of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, which takes place June 5-6 at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. Day 1 coverage on BaseballChannel.TV begins at 1 p.m. ET with a special ceremonial draft of former Negro Leaguers who will be on hand at The Milk House.
The First-Year Player Draft follows at 2 p.m. with a simulcast of ESPN2's broadcast of the first round and compensation picks. The remaining rounds on Day 1 will be shown exclusively on BaseballChannel.TV, with live analysis on site from MLB.com Draft guru Jonathan Mayo and David Rawnsley of Perfect Game USA.
Several of the top amateur prospects are expected in attendance in Orlando for Day 1 of the Draft, and each of the 30 Major League clubs will be represented by front office executives and baseball luminaries. Fans are welcome to attend Day 1 of the Draft, and admission to The Milk House is free, with seating limited to a first-come, first-served basis.
Day 2 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.
Last year, it was Barry Larkin and Triple-A Columbus manager Tim Foli who represented the Nationals during the Draft.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.