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05/26/09 2:30 PM ET

Leonard, Stewart to share duties for KC

Duo to represent Royals at First-Year Player Draft

KANSAS CITY -- Dennis Leonard and Art Stewart, two members of the Royals Hall of Fame, will be the club's representatives at this year's First-Year Player Draft when the Royals make the 12th pick in the first round.

Leonard, a second-round Draft choice in 1972, developed into the Royals' only three-time 20-game winner. He holds the club records for complete games (103) and shutouts (23).

Stewart, who has scouted for the Royals since 1969, is currently senior advisor to the general manager. He is credited with signing or drafting more than 70 players that reached the Majors.

Leonard was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1989 and Stewart in 2008.

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 5 p.m. CT on June 9 from its Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., and those 32 selections also will 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 11 a.m. CT on Wednesday, June 10. Rounds 31-50 will be on Thursday, June 11, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.