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05/26/09 2:30 PM ET

Williams to represent Cubs at Draft

First round to be shown on MLB.com/MLB Network

CHICAGO -- Hall of Famer Billy Williams will be the Cubs' representative at the First-Year Player Draft, to be held at the MLB Network studio next month.

A senior advisor to the Cubs, Williams, who turns 71 on June 15, played for the team from 1959-1974 and had three stints on the coaching staff (1980-82, 1986-87, and 1992-2001). He batted .296 with the Cubs, including a National League-leading .333 in 1972 when he hit 37 homers and drove in 122 runs.

In his 18-year Major League career, Williams batted .290 with 426 home runs and 1,475 RBIs. The six-time National League All-Star hit 20 or more home runs 14 times, had 90-plus RBIs seasons 10 times, and batted at least .300 five times.

Williams was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987, and his No. 26 was retired by the Cubs that season.

In 2008, the Cubs selected pitcher Andrew Cashner with their first pick, 19th overall. The right-hander, who attended Texas Christian University, was pitching for Class A Daytona this year. This year, the Cubs' first pick will come 31st overall.

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 noon on Wednesday, June 10. Rounds 31-50 will be on Thursday, June 11, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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