Ausmus to grace Padres' Draft table

Ausmus to grace Padres' Draft table

Ausmus to grace Padres' Draft table
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres will have a familiar face sitting at their during the 2012 First-Year Player Draft on June 4.

Brad Ausmus, who spent 18 seasons in the Major Leagues as a catcher, including four with San Diego (1993-96), and Padres scout Adam Bourassa will phone in each pick in the first round to Commissioner Bud Selig. For the Padres, that's the No. 7 overall selection, plus compensation picks.

Ausmus is currently a special assistant to Padres general manager Josh Byrnes. Ausmus also works with Padres catchers at the Major League and Minor League levels.

Bourassa is an amateur scout who covers North Carolina and South Carolina for the Padres. He played five years of professional baseball, including parts of three seasons in the Padres organization (2005-07), and parts of three seasons in the Rangers system (2003-05).

The Draft takes place this year from June 4-6, beginning with the first round and Compensation Round A on Monday at 4 p.m. PT, which will be broadcast live on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com. Rounds 2-40 will also be streamed live on MLB.com on June 5-6.

The Padres are excited about their additional Draft picks and hope to make a big splash.

When the Draft begins, the Padres will not only have their own pick (No. 7 overall), but will also have the 33rd overall pick and then picks Nos. 44, 55, 68 and 70.

The Padres received two additional Draft picks (Nos. 33 and 70) after Heath Bell signed with the Marlins, the 44th pick after Aaron Harang signed with the Dodgers, the 55th pick when 2011 draftee Brett Austin didn't sign, and then their own second-round pick (No. 68).

Including their third-round pick, the Padres have seven selections in the first 102 overall.

MLB.com's coverage, sponsored by CenturyLink, will include 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.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.