MLB NETWORK – 2012 MLB DRAFT:
Beginning with the draft preview show at 6:00 p.m. ET, MLB Network’s live coverage will feature interviews with club front office personnel and representatives, footage from 22 club draft rooms, interviews with prospects and newly drafted players and news and analysis from MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, Peter Gammons, John Hart, Brian Kenny, Harold Reynolds, Sam Ryan, Lauren Shehadi and Matt Yallof, as well as Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com and Jim Callis of Baseball America.
The draft preview show and the first and compensation rounds of the draft will also be streamed live on MLB.com.
The five top prospects—Gavin Cecchini, a right-handed-hitting shortstop for Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana; Carlos Correa, a shortstop at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy; Clint Coulter, a right-handed-hitting catcher at Union High School in Camas, Washington; Courtney Hawkins, a right-handed-hitting outfielder and pitcher at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas; and Andrew Heaney, a left-handed pitcher at Oklahoma State University—will represent the largest group of amateur players to attend a single MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Club representatives this year include former Yankees manager and MLB exec Joe Torre, plus Hall of Famers Pat Gillick, Ferguson Jenkins, Tommy Lasorda and Frank Robinson.
MLB Network has produced features on other top prospects, including: top Puerto Rican prospect Carlos Correa; Stanford University pitcher and lifelong Houston Astros fan Mark Appel, who could be selected by the Astros with their No. 1 overall pick; star high school outfielder Byron Buxton of Baxley, Georgia; Albert Almora, a high school outfielder from Florida who lost both of his grandparents while playing in Colombia for USA Baseball; Lucas Giolito and Max Fried, teammates at Harvard-Westlake High School in southern California; and 1973 No. 1 overall draft pick David Clyde, who was a star pitcher for the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians before arm injuries forced him to retire at age 26.
The 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft will be the fourth time the event has been held at MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.