05/26/09 2:30 PM ET
McDonald will represent O's at Draft
Former Oriole was a top pick in the Class of '89
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
The Orioles will be represented by former top pick Ben McDonald at June's First-Year Player Draft, an event that has produced some of the club's most exciting talent in recent seasons. Baltimore will be looking for another Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters or Brian Matusz with its No. 5 selection in the first round.
McDonald, the top overall selection in the 1989 First-Year Player Draft, needed just two appearances in the Minor Leagues before he made his big league debut. The right-hander struggled at first, but eventually built himself into a capable big league starter before ultimately being sidetracked by multiple shoulder injuries.
McDonald, a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame, had his career cut short before his 30th birthday and finished his big league tenure with a 78-70 record and a 3.91 ERA.
MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 9-11. The MLB Network will broadcast the first round at 6 p.m. ET on June 9 from its Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., and those 32 selections will also be simulcast live on MLB.com.
Beginning with the 33rd pick, up-to-the-minute on-air coverage from the remaining rounds will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where host Vinny Micucci will be joined by MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo and Major League Scouting Bureau director Frank Marcos.
Once the first night is done, the Draft will continue with the rounds 4-30, via conference call from MLB Headquarters in New York, at noon ET on Wednesday, June 10. Rounds 31-50 will be on Thursday, June 11, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.