Ken Griffey Jr. to Represent Mariners at 2015 MLB Draft
Former Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. will join an outstanding group of baseball legends scheduled to represent the 30 clubs at the 2015 Major League Baseball draft on Monday, June 8 at the MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.
MLB announced its lineup of five Hall of Famers, four Most Valuable Players, one World Series-winning manager, 23 All-Stars and two former number one overall selections on Wednesday.
Griffey, the Mariners number one overall selection in the 1987 MLB Draft and 1997 AL MVP, will join Hall of Famers Andre Dawson (1987 NL MVP), Reggie Jackson (1973 AL MVP), Tommy Lasorda, Mike Schmidt (1980-81, 1986 NL MVP) and Tony Perez in headlining an outstanding group of baseball personnel.
Joining Griffey as former top overall selections at this year’s 50th Anniversary celebration of the Draft is Baltimore Orioles representative B.J. Surhoff, who was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the number one pick in the 1985 Draft.
Other former All-Stars who will represent the Clubs are (alphabetically): Rick Aguilera (MIN), Bob Boone (WSH), Johnny Damon (KC), Ryan Dempster (CHI), Gary DiSarcina (LAA), Steve Finley (SD), Ryan Franklin (STL), Ralph Garr (ATL), Luis Gonzalez (ARI), J.J. Putz (ARI), Ben Sheets (MIL), Lee Smith (SF), Mario Soto (CIN), Robby Thompson (CLE), Alan Trammell (DET), Tim Wakefield (BOS) and Jack Wilson (PIT).
The Draft will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com on Monday, June 8th at 4:00 p.m. (PT). For day one, MLB Network and MLB.com will provide live pick-by-pick coverage during the first round, Competitive Balance Round A, the second round and Competitive Balance Round B. The selection order of the Draft is determined by the reverse order of finish at the close of the previous championship season.
The Mariners have two picks on the first day of the draft: one in the 2nd round (#60 overall) and a Competitive Balance Round B pick (#72 overall).