Young to represent Rockies at Draft
Former second baseman played 613 games with Colorado
Eric Young will be the Rockies' special representative at the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 9 at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J. The Rockies' first pick will be the 11th overall selection.
Being honored in that way demonstrates how far Young advanced from the start of his pro career until he finished playing in 2006.
Back in 1989, the Dodgers selected Young out of Rutgers in the 43rd round, No. 1,123 overall. All Young did was play 1,730 games over 15 seasons. His 465 steals rank 43rd all-time. He led the National League with 53 steals while playing for the Rockies in 1996.
Young played for seven teams but played the most seasons (five) and the most games (613) for the Rockies, who honored his career at Coors Field one day late last season. Young, who appears on ESPN's Baseball Tonight, is father of Rockies prospect Eric Young Jr., a second baseman at Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Young Jr. is hoping to follow his father's footsteps, but he's already surpassed him in one respect. He was chosen in the 30th round, 13 rounds before his dad.
Joining Young at the Draft will be Rockies scout Mike Garlatti, who has been with the scouting operation since the beginning. In addition, Garlatti was an assistant coach at Rutgers when Young played there, and he signed Young Jr. That wasn't easy. Villanova had offered Young Jr. a football scholarship as a wide receiver.
MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 9-11. MLB Network will broadcast the first round beginning at 4 p.m. MDT on June 9 from its Studio 42, and those 32 selections also will be simulcast live on MLB.com.
Beginning with the 33rd pick, up-to-the-minute on-air coverage from the remaining rounds will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where host Vinny Micucci will be joined by MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo and Major League Scouting Bureau director Frank Marcos.
Once the first night is done, the Draft will continue with Rounds 4-30, via conference call from MLB headquarters in New York, at noon on Wednesday, June 10. Rounds 31-50 will be on Thursday, June 11, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.