06/06/05 2:48 PM ET
Live broadcast of draft on MLB.com
Show to include live guests, analysis, instant updates
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, will once again offer fans an interactive media showcase with its coverage of baseball's annual First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The live video broadcast will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET Tuesday with the "2005 MLB.com Draft Show," presented in streaming broadband video, live from the company's studios in New York City. The show will take fans inside the event with exclusive pick-by-pick coverage of the first five rounds (170 draft picks), as well as all-access features, live guests, rare scouting video and expert analysis.
MLB.com's Casey Stern will be the show's host and he'll be joined by MLB.com reporter Jonathan Mayo and Fred Claire (Dodgers general manager from 1987-98). Among their guests will be Astros closer Brad Lidge, who'll join them live in the studio.
Starting 30 minutes before the first pick, fans will get a preview of the draft with a look at the top prospects. Some of the special draft video profiles include St. John's closer Craig Hansen, USC catcher Jeff Clement and Georgia Tech's trio of Tyler Greene, Jason Neighborgall and Jeremy Slaydon, among others.
In addition, MLB.com will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the MLB Scouting Bureau, which annually compiles a database of top-tier and lower-tier prospects for all 30 Major League clubs.
The exclusive online show also will include a number of special draft memory segments featuring Rick Monday, the first player taken in the first draft in 1965, as well as a number of other former No. 1 picks. The MLB.com hosts will also take e-mails from fans throughout the live coverage of the draft.
"The annual two-day Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft will be one of the most exciting events in the lives of some 1,500 young men and their families," said Dinn Mann, senior vice president and editor-in-chief at MLB.com.
"This represents the realization of the dream of one day becoming a big leaguer for this talented group of athletes. The draft offers fans around the world all the ingredients for phenomenal content; it's a jewel event that brings fans of every team and every prospect online.
"The draft gives us the privilege of collaborating with scouts, front-office executives, coaches and players at every level for information and insights that are second to none. Further, it provides a real-time, breaking-news stage, marrying the power of our searchable database with the depth and speed of our original text, audio and video coverage."
As always, the Major League clubs take turns selecting players in reverse order of their won-loss records at the close of the previous regular season so Arizona is on the clock first, immediately followed by Kansas City. The draft concludes at the end of the 50th round of selections.
In addition to the "2005 MLB.com Draft Show" for viewers, MLB Radio once again will broadcast exclusively the entire draft over two days. That will include the live draft conference call throughout the event. MLB.com's Seth Everett will be the radio host and will be joined by Dave Rawnsley, scout/writer for Perfect Game USA. Mayo will be the commentator for the second day of the draft on MLB Radio.
MLB.com's "Draft Tracker" features a sortable list of more than 1,000 draft-eligible players, scouting reports, first-round projections, and in-depth profiles of some of the amateur rank's best players.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.