ESPN – MLB Draft becoming a spectator event

June 8, 2007

Thanks in large part to fantasy sports, the major league baseball draft is finally becoming an event of great interest. Our own keeper league has been drafting college prospects for several years, hoping for a big June draft payoff.

Rest assured, Maine Squeeze fans … David Price (Tampa Bay), Matt Wieters (Baltimore) and Joe Savery (Philadelphia) will be protected on our roster next year. Past pre-draft fantasy draftees include BJ and Justin Upton … and a slew of guys who didn’t pan out for me.

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Hard-throwing left-hander David Price of Vanderbilt was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft Thursday.

Price went 11-1 with a 2.63 ERA and Division I-leading 194 strikeouts for the Commodores. He is the fourth left-hander taken with the top pick and first since Brien Taylor went to the New York Yankees in 1991.

The first round of the draft was being televised live from an actual site for the first time after being held strictly by conference call in previous years. About 400 to 500 fans were at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex located outside of Orlando, Fla., and commissioner Bud Selig was in attendance, along with Tom Lasorda, Dave Winfield, Darryl Strawberry, Don Zimmer and Frank Howard.

The Chicago Cubs went with California high school third baseman Josh Vitters, who was at the draft and posed with his Cubs hat and jersey next to Selig — the first in the event’s history to do so.
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