McIlvaine brings expertise to Draft
Assistant to GM joins scout Wilson as Twins' reps at event
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have long been held up as an example around the league for their ability to draft and develop talent within their farm system.And so it's no surprise that one of the club's representatives at next month's 2009 First-Year Player Draft is a man who is a widely respected baseball talent hunter.
Joe McIlvaine, who has spent the past 40 years in professional baseball and the past nine years as a special assistant to the Twins' general manager, will be one of two representatives for Minnesota at this year's Draft. He'll be joined by area scout John Wilson.McIlvaine is currently in his second stint as a special assistant to the general manager for the Twins. He first was hired into the role back in 1998 and has held that position since 2000. Prior to being with the Twins, McIlvaine was the general manager for two different teams -- the Padres from 1991-93 and the Mets from 1993-97. He has spent time in his career as a scout, a scouting director and an assistant general manager. All of which came after McIlvaine pitched in the Minor Leagues from 1969-73. MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 9-11. MLB Network will broadcast the first round at 5 p.m. ET on June 9 from its Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., and those 32 selections also will be simulcast live on MLB.com.
Beginning with the 33rd pick, up-to-the-minute on-air coverage from the remaining rounds will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where host Vinny Micucci will be joined by MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo and Major League Scouting Bureau director Frank Marcos.
Once the first night is done, the Draft will continue with the rounds 4-30, via conference call from MLB Headquarters in New York, at 11 a.m. CT on Wednesday, June 10. Rounds 31-50 will be on Thursday, June 11, starting at 10:30 a.m.The Twins have the 22nd overall pick in this year's Draft, as well as a supplemental round pick (No. 46 overall).
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.