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05/30/07 1:31 AM ET

Oliva to represent Twins on Draft day

Will announce club's selections on June 7

MINNESOTA -- The Twins have chosen a franchise icon to represent them at the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. Tony Oliva, who played all of his 15 seasons in Minnesota and now serves as the Minor League hitting instructor, will announce the club's selections.

"The first thing I was worried about is what I have to wear, because it's on TV and I want to be looking good on TV," Oliva said. "This is the first time, and they're giving me the opportunity to be there and represent the Minnesota Twins. That's a big thing for me. It's going to be nice to be a part of something like that."

Oliva, whose No. 6 is retired in the Metrodome, was a five-tool player who won three batting titles and the 1964 American League Rookie of the Year.

While director of Minor League operations Jim Rantz will be making most of the decisions regarding the draft, Oliva has an idea of what he's looking for in the ideal draftee.

"We hope to get the best guy possible, the one that we need, one who will be able to play in the big leagues in maybe a year or two," Oliva said. "We're going with open eyes, to try to get what we need. We have the best scout system in the world. I know they're doing the best to get what the Minnesota Twins need."

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1. TB LHP David Price Vanderbilt U
2. KC SS Michael Moustakas Chatsworth HS (Calif.)
3. CHC 3B Josh Vitters Cypress HS (Calif.)
4. PIT LHP Daniel Moskos Clemson U
5. BAL C Matthew Wieters Georgia Tech
6. WSH LHP Ross Detwiler Missouri St U
7. MIL LF Matthew LaPorta U Florida
8. COL RHP Casey Weathers Vanderbilt U
9. ARI RHP Jarrod Parker Norwell HS
10. SF LHP Madison Bumgarner South Caldwell HS
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MLB.com will broadcast every pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, which takes place June 7-8 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Day 1 coverage begins at 1 p.m. CT with a simulcast of ESPN2's broadcast of the first round and compensation picks. Video coverage of the remaining rounds on Day 1 will air at MLB.com, with live interviews and analysis from Orlando by Casey Stern, Jonathan Mayo and Perfect Game USA's Dave Rawnsley. Day 2 of the Draft will get under way at 10:30 a.m. CT and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com with analysis from Mayo and Perfect Game USA's Allan Simpson.

Also, once again this year, fans can follow every pick with MLB.com's live Draft Tracker, a searchable database of every draft-eligible player featuring biographical data, statistics, scouting reports and rare scouting video.

Leslie Parker is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.