Randa, Stewart to attend Draft for Royals
Former third baseman honored by chance to represent club
KANSAS CITY -- Former third baseman Joe Randa will join legendary scout Art Stewart in representing the Royals at the 2010 First-Year Player Draft on June 7 in Secaucus, N.J.
Randa, who spent eight seasons playing for the Royals, batted .288 in his two stints with the club and ranked among the Majors' top fielding third basemen. He spent time tutoring Royals Minor Leaguers during Spring Training this year.
"Spending a lot of time with the Royals' organization, I've started to do some things with player development in the Minor Leagues. I've been a part of the community for a long time. I'm pretty honored to get the call to do it."
Stewart, now senior advisor to the general manager, is in his 41st year with the Royals. He became the 23rd member of the Royals Hall of Fame in 2008.
"I've known Art Stewart for a long time now, and to get to experience this with him is pretty special," Randa said.
"There are a lot of guys that are the face of this organization. Obviously George [Brett] and Frank [White], those guys are the true face. But I spent a lot of time here and I did a lot of things right in playing hard and trying to be a good role model. So it's very special."
MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 7-9 on MLB.com/Live. The first round and Compensation Round A will be broadcast live from MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday, June 7, beginning with the Draft preview show at 5 p.m. CT.
MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo will join Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, Peter Gammons and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis on Monday's broadcast.
Coverage for Rounds 2-50 will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where Rounds 2-30 will be streamed on Tuesday, beginning at 11 a.m., and Rounds 31-50 will be streamed on Wednesday, starting at 11 a.m. Host Pete McCarthy will be joined by Mayo and former general manager Jim Duquette.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.