Fryman to represent Tribe at Draft
Former first-round pick will be in Orlando, Fla., June 5-6
CLEVELAND -- Travis Fryman already knows what it's like to be announced as a first-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft.Next month, Fryman will find out how it feels to be the one announcing such a pick. Fryman and Gulf Coast League pitching coach Steve Lyons will be the Indians' representatives at 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. Their primary job will be to announce the Tribe's selection in the first round. The Indians have the 29th overall pick. They will have pick No. 76 in the second round, No. 107 in the third round, No. 141 in the fourth round and then a selection every 30 picks thereafter. Cleveland does not have any free-agent compensation picks coming its way, nor did the club lose any selections as a result of an offseason free-agent signing.
MLB.com will carry every pick of the Draft. 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 to be 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. Seating is limited to a first-come, first-served basis. Day 2 will get under way at 11:30 a.m. and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live on MLB.com. Fryman is entering his first season as the manager of the Indians' short-season Class A Mahoning Valley team. He was the 30th overall pick of the 1987 Draft by the Tigers, and he went on to play 13 seasons for the Tigers and the Indians. Fryman appeared on five All-Star teams and won a Gold Glove with the Tribe in 2000. Lyons, a former pitcher in the Mets system, is in his 11th season as a coach in the Indians organization.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.