Speedster Harper to rep Sox at Draft
Team's single-season steals record holder to be on hand
BOSTON -- As the Red Sox look to stock up for the future in this year's First-Year Player Draft, they will have a piece of their past on hand for the festivities.
Tommy Harper, who still holds the club record for most stolen bases in a season (54 in 1973), will serve as the Red Sox's representative at the June Draft.
Current Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury fell just shy of reaching Harper's record last year, stealing 50 bases. Ellsbury, Boston's top selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, is a perfect example of how vital the Draft has become to the success of the Red Sox.
Harper played for the Sox from 1972-74, but he also served as a Major League coach for Boston in two stints (1981-84, 2000-02). In fact, he is still with the Red Sox, in the midst of his seventh season as a player development consultant.
An outfielder, Harper played in the Majors from 1962-76, hitting .257 with 146 homers, 567 RBIs and 408 stolen bases.
Making their first pick with No. 28 overall, the Sox will also be represented by area scout Chris Calciano.
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 at 6 p.m. ET on June 9 from its Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., 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 the rounds 4-30, via conference call from MLB Headquarters in New York, at noon ET on Wednesday, June 10. Rounds 31-50 will be on Thursday, June 11, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.