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05/31/06 8:45 PM ET

MLB.com debuts draft preview show

Comprehensive program to air noon ET Thursday

While it may still remain a mystery who will go No. 1 overall in Tuesday's First-Year Player Draft, this much is certain -- MLB.com is taking its coverage of the 2006 draft to new, unprecedented heights.

For the first time, MLB.com will air an exclusive draft preview show, adding to what is already the most comprehensive draft coverage anywhere. The show, which will air on Thursday, June 1 at noon ET, will take a look at some of the Draft's biggest prospects and examine the most recent trends in the days leading up to Draft Day.

MLB.com's Casey Stern will host the hour-long show alongside the godfather of baseball draft coverage, PG Crosschecker.com's Allan Simpson. They will be joined by MLB.com Minor League reporter/draft expert Jonathan Mayo, who will break down who should land where on Draft Day.

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Johnny Estrada will be in MLB.com's New York City studios to discuss his Draft Day experiences, plus offer advice for players expecting to hear their names called on June 6 and 7. Estrada was a 17th-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Phillies out of the College of the Sequoias and became an All-Star with the Atlanta Braves in 2004.

Among the show's many features will be in-depth looks at University of North Carolina pitcher Andrew Miller and Long Beach State infielder Evan Longoria, who could very well be the first two picks in the draft.

Additional featured content will include Notre Dame pitcher Jeff Samardzija, an All-American football player who is seeing how far he can go in both sports, Pepperdine catcher Chad Tracy, son of Pirates manager Jim Tracy and a projected first-round selection, and the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, which is hoping to follow in the successful footsteps of foreign academies in the Carribean in regards to player development.

This preview should wet fans' appetites for what is certain to be another year of outstanding draft coverage spotlighting MLB.com's resources. Watch exclusive coverage of the first five rounds on BaseballChannel.TV and tune in to every pick of every round over the two-day event with MLB Radio's exclusive audio coverage hosted by Stern, Simpson and Mayo.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.