Cubs' Draft to feature Hall of Famer

Cubs' Draft to feature Hall of Famer

CHICAGO -- Hall of Famer Billy Williams will be among the Cubs representatives at the 2008 First-Year Player Draft from June 5-6, in Orlando, Fla.

Williams, now a senior advisor to the Cubs, will be joined by Chuck Wasserstrom, manager of baseball information for the team.

Williams, who turns 70 on June 15, played for the Cubs from 1959-1974, and batted .290 and hit 426 home runs in his career. A six-time National League All-Star, he hit 20 or more homers 14 times, had 90-plus RBIs 10 times, and batted at least .300 five times. Williams was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1961, setting club records with 25 homers and 86 RBIs.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

Wasserstrom has worked full time for the Cubs since 1988, and moved into Baseball Operations after the 2003 season. He reports directly to general manager Jim Hendry and assistant general manager Randy Bush. Wasserstrom's responsibilities include statistical analysis and evaluation of players within the Major and Minor Leagues, as well as outside of the organization.

MLB.com will carry every pick of the First-Year Player Draft, which will be held at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. Day 1 coverage on BaseballChannel.TV begins at 1 p.m. ET with a special ceremonial draft of former Negro Leaguers who will be on hand at The Milk House. The First-Year Player Draft follows at 2 p.m. ET with a simulcast of ESPN2's broadcast of the first round and compensation picks. The remaining rounds on Day 1 will be shown exclusively on BaseballChannel.TV, with live analysis on site from MLB.com Draft guru Jonathan Mayo and David Rawnsley of Perfect Game USA.

Several of the top amateur prospects are expected to be in attendance for Day 1 of the Draft, and each of the 30 Major League clubs will be represented by front office executives and baseball luminaries. Fans are welcome to attend Day 1 of the Draft, and admission to The Milk House is free with seating limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Day 2 will get under way at 11:30 a.m. ET and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com.

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