Pudge picked to represent Rangers at Draft
Sundberg to join recently retired catcher for June 4-6 event
SEATTLE -- Ivan Rodriguez's first assignment for the Rangers will be representing the club at the First-Year Player Draft next month.Rodriguez and Jim Sundberg will be the official representatives of the club when the Draft begins on June 4 in Secaucus, N.J. The Rangers will have five of the first 93 picks of the Draft. The Rangers have the 29th overall pick in the first round. They will also have two picks in the Compensation Round. They have the 39th overall pick as compensation for C.J. Wilson signing with the Angels and the 53rd pick for Darren Oliver signing with the Blue Jays. The Rangers also get the Angels' second-round pick as compensation for Wilson. That will be the 83rd overall pick, but the Cardinals get the Angels' first-round pick -- 19th overall -- for signing Albert Pujols. The Rangers' second-round pick is 93rd overall.
The annual First-Year Player Draft takes place this year from June 4-6, beginning with the first round and Comp Round A on Monday, June 4, at 6 p.m. CT. The first night of the event will be broadcast live on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com. Rounds 2-40 will also be streamed live on MLB.com on June 5-6.
MLB.com's coverage, sponsored by CenturyLink, will include Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list, Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player, and Draft Caster. You can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
Rodriguez retired last month after 21 seasons in the Major Leagues after being selected for 14 All-Star Games and winning 13 Gold Gloves. He was with the Rangers from 1991-2002 and again at the end of the 2009 season. He is expected to have a to-be-determined role in the front office.Sundberg is an executive vice president for the Rangers and a former six-time Gold Glove catcher. He played for the Rangers from 1974-83 and again in 1988-89 before retiring. He was an original member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame. Commissioner Bud Selig will announce the first-round selections while the club represenatives will announce the Compensation Round picks.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.