Having spent 15 years in the Major Leagues as a player and the last four years as special assistant to the general manager of the Astros, Enos Cabell knows baseball talent.
Cabell's talents usually find him assisting Houston GM Ed Wade and the Astros' scouting department in evaluating the organization's Major and Minor League players when he isn't on special assignment. Like next month, when Cabell will go on special assignment to Florida as the club's representative at the Draft table for the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
MLB.com will carry every pick of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, which takes place June 5-6 at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. Day 1 coverage on BaseballChannel.TV begins at 12 p.m. CT 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 1 p.m. 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 in attendance in Orlando 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 10:30 a.m. and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com.
As a player, Cabell had two stints with the Astros (1975-80 and 1984-85). A third baseman, Cabell enjoyed his best season in 1977, when he hit .282 with 68 RBIs, a career-high 36 doubles and 16 home runs.
Cabell was named Houston's Most Valuable Player in 1978 after setting a club mark at the time with 195 hits, the third most in the National League that season. He also led the league with 162 games played and 660 at-bats that season. Enos stole over 30 bases every season from 1976-79.
In 1,688 career games from 1972-86, Cabell hit .277 with 60 home runs and 596 RBIs. He started 149 games at third base for the 1980 NL West Champion Astros and played on two other division-winning clubs, the 1974 Baltimore Orioles and the 1985 Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.