OAKLAND -- Chad Bradford, a prominent member of the A's bullpen during the club's playoff run at the start of the decade, will represent the A's when they make the 11th overall pick at the First-Year Player Draft next month.
Acquired from the White Sox prior to the 2001 campaign, the right-handed submariner pitched in Oakland during the next four seasons, twice surpassing the 75-inning mark, while averaging a 3.32 ERA.
Bradford, now 37 and retired from the game after last pitching for the Rays in 2009, will be sitting at the A's Draft table and will phone in each of the organization's picks. The former hurler will be among many baseball luminaries present in Secaucus, N.J., as each team has tabbed at least one significant player from its past to sit at its Draft table.
Commissioner Bud Selig will announce all of the first-round picks, and for teams with sandwich picks like Oakland (34th, 47th), the club rep will announce those.
The annual First-Year Player Draft takes place this year from June 4-6, beginning with the first round and Comp Round A on Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m. ET. The first night of the event will be aired live on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com. Rounds 2-40 also will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 5-6.
MLB.com's coverage, sponsored by CenturyLink, includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list, Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player, and Draft Caster. You can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
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