Hall of Famer Williams to rep Cubs at Draft

Hall of Famer Williams to rep Cubs at Draft

CHICAGO -- Former Cubs outfielder Billy Williams will be one of four Hall of Famers to represent their teams at the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, which will be held June 7.

A senior advisor to the Cubs, Williams will represent the team at the Draft for the second successive year. He played for the Cubs from 1959-74 and had three stints on the coaching staff (1980-82, 1986-87, and 1992-2001). Williams batted .296 with the Cubs, including a National League-leading .333 in 1972, when he hit 37 homers and drove in 122 runs.

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The six-time NL All-Star hit 20 or more home runs 14 times, had 90-plus RBI seasons 10 times, and batted at least .300 five times. Williams still holds several club records for a left-handed hitter. He has the most at-bats (8,479), hits (2,510), home runs (392), RBIs (1,353), extra-base hits (881), total bases (4,262) and slugging percentage (.503).

The sweet swinging outfielder was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987 and his No. 26 was retired by the Cubs that year.

Williams, who turns 72 on June 15, still wears a uniform in Spring Training with the Cubs, working with the outfielders and hitters.

In 2009, the Cubs selected outfielder Brett Jackson from the University of California Berkeley in the first round of the Draft. Jackson was invited to Spring Training camp and was playing this season for Class A Daytona. This year, the Cubs have the 16th pick in the first round and do not pick again until 65th, in the second round.

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.

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