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Draft lives on MLB.com

Draft lives on MLB.com

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It's that time of year again.

Scouting directors wake up each morning not sure where they are. Every game involving a top amateur attracts a crowd of folks with stopwatches and radar guns.

That's right, it's time to gear up for the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

There's no place better to do that than right here on MLB.com. It's the place for people to go to find out about their favorite baseball team's future. Each year, interest in the draft -- and MLB.com's all-inclusive coverage -- grows exponentially. From live video and audio coverage to the written word, MLB.com has everything you'd possibly need to know for the 2005 Draft.

What's all the hullabaloo about? Check out the newly launched 2005 Draft section.

There's no place else to go if you want to watch or listen to the draft. MLB.com will provide live exclusive coverage of the first five rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, including features on many of the top prospects, analysis from Jonathan Mayo and former Dodgers general manager Fred Claire, as well as live interviews with players. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on June 7.

If that's not enough for you, tune into MLB Radio, which will provide every pick of all 50 rounds, plus analysis, on both draft days for the fifth consecutive year.

Everyone is also eagerly anticipating the Draft Tracker, which is coming soon. It will feature a sortable list of more than 1,000 draft-eligible players. Read scouting reports similar to what the decision-makers are looking at when they make their selections in war rooms across Major League Baseball. Do your own scouting prior to the draft, then follow who your team takes as the draft unfolds.

For the first time, MLB.com has an early guess at how the first round will play out. Check out our first-round projections to see what the word on the street is for your favorite club in the opening round.

Want to get to know some of these prospects better? This is the right place to come. MLB.com is planning even more in-depth profiles of some of the amateur rank's best players. This year, things will be broken down by position, with an overview of the top names and a spotlight on one of the more interesting players at that position. So get out the Blackberry and add these to your calendar:

Monday, May 16: Catchers. Spotlight on USC's Jeff Clement.
Tuesday, May 17: Middle infielders. Spotlight on high school shortstop phenom Justin Upton.
Wednesday, May 18: Corner infielders. Spotlight on Nebraska third baseman Alex Gordon.
Thursday, May 19: Outfielders. Spotlight on Winthrop's Daniel Carte.
Friday, May 20: Pitchers. Spotlight on Wichita State's Mike Pelfrey.

That's just a small sampling of what's in the works. There will be features on college closers, players reentering the draft and two-way athletes.

Want more? MLB.com will pool it's vast resources around Major League Baseball to provide the most in depth team-by-team draft coverage imaginable. From preview to Draft Day to the aftermath, getting the draft lowdown on any one of the 30 teams couldn't be easier.

The countdown has begun. It's time to think about your team's future. Happy scouting, everyone!

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

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