Thomas to be Crew's Draft representative

Thomas to be Crew's Draft representative

MILWAUKEE -- Former Brewers center fielder Gorman Thomas, the franchise's first Draft pick, will lead Milwaukee's on-air delegation for the broadcast of the First-Year Player Draft next month.

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Thomas and longtime player development staffer Scott Martens will represent the club as it makes the 14th overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft, which begins on June 7. Thomas, still a regular at Miller Park, was the Seattle Pilots' first-round pick in 1969, that team's only year of existence. The Pilots moved to Milwaukee days before the start of the 1970 season and became the Brewers.

The popular Thomas, who played in the Majors for Milwaukee from 1973-83 and returned in '86, is a fitting choice for the Brewers. They are in the midst of a season-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the move from Seattle.

The three-day Draft will be all about the future. MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 7-9 on MLB.com/Live. The first round and Compensation Round A will be broadcast live from MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday, June 7, beginning with the Draft preview show at 5 p.m. CT.

MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo will join Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, Peter Gammons and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis on Monday's broadcast.

Coverage for Rounds 2-50 will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where Rounds 2-30 will be streamed on Tuesday, beginning at 11 a.m., and Rounds 31-50 will be streamed on Wednesday, starting at 11 a.m. Host Pete McCarthy will be joined by Mayo and former general manager Jim Duquette.

All 30 Major League Clubs will be represented at the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, with Hall of Famers Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), Jim Rice (Red Sox) and Billy Williams (Cubs) set to be on hand.

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