Castilla to represent Rockies at Draft
Former Colorado star now a special assistant to GM O'Dowd
DENVER -- Former Rockies star Vinny Castilla will represent the organization at the First-Year Player Draft on June 5-6 in Orlando, Fla.
Castilla, a member of the original Rockies in 1993 and one of the most productive and popular players in club history, currently works as a special assistant to general manager Dan O'Dowd. Castilla scouts amateur and professional talent, works with the club during Spring Training, spends time with Minor Leaguers and last week went with the club on a West Coast road trip.
Castilla, who played for the Rockies on three different occasions (1993-99, 2004 and 2006) leads all Mexican-born players in Major League history with 320 career home runs. With the Rockies, he ranks third in games played (1,098) and home runs (239), and fourth in RBIs (745), hits (1,206) and doubles (208).
Also representing the Rockies will be area scouting supervisor Jay Matthews, who is in charge of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
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 11 a.m. MDT 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 12 p.m. MDT 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 19:30 a.m. MDT and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.