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SAN FRANCISCO -- There will be a few familiar Giants' faces on the stage at this year's Draft among the dozens of new ones selected to join the Giants' organization.
Felipe Alou, Jack Hiatt and Steve Decker will represent the Giants at the podium during the first-ever televised Major League Baseball draft.
"I'm very honored to be one of the three guys to be representing us in the first year they're televising this," Hiatt said. "The three of us have all played here and been here for a while."
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 11 a.m. PT 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 8:30 a.m. PT 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.
Hiatt said it will be his job, along with Alou and Decker, to answer any questions the drafted players might have. The three of them are the perfect mix for the job.
Former Giants manager Alou can speak to what it takes to make it in the bigs. Hiatt, director of player development, knows exactly what these guys will be going through while they work their way up through the Minors, and Decker, current manager of the Giants Class A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, will be able to answer questions about a draftee's immediate future.
"Steve Decker will more than likely be the future manager of most of the drafted players," Hiatt said.
Hiatt said "more than likely" because players move through the farm system a lot quicker than they used to in Hiatt's playing days. With the players debuting in the Majors faster than ever, Hiatt said the televised Draft will help fans get to know players they'll be seeing in the not-too-distant future.
"The idea of the draft on TV is a marvelous idea because the players are going to the big leagues so quickly nowadays," Hiatt said. "Watching Timmy Lincecum go from Washington to the bigs so quickly and so successfully has been amazing."