Marlins tab McKeon, Beck for Draft duties

Marlins tab McKeon, Beck for Draft duties

Marlins tab McKeon, Beck for Draft duties
MIAMI -- The rebranded Marlins have garnered plenty of attention since moving into their new retractable-roof ballpark.

The franchise now features a number of new faces like Jose Reyes, Carlos Zambrano, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle. They've integrated nicely with established standouts like Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez and Hanley Ramirez.

When it comes to the upcoming First-Year Player Draft, a couple of familiar faces with long histories with the organization will be on hand when the selection procress is announced live on MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J.

Jack McKeon, who managed the team to the 2003 World Series, and Bill Beck, who has been with the club since 1992, have been selected to represent the Marlins at the First-Year Draft.

The 81-year-old McKeon is a special assistant to owner Jeffrey Loria. Trader Jack, famous for his no-nonsense style, filled in as the Marlins' interim manager last June after Edwin Rodriguez resigned. Then 80, McKeon became the second oldest manager in Major League history. Hall of Famer Connie Mack holds the distinction of being the sport's oldest manager. He managed until age 87.

Beck, also a special assistant to the owner, was the organization's longtime traveling secretary.

The annual First-Year Player Draft takes place this year from June 4-6, beginning with the first round and Comp Round A on June 4 at 7 p.m. ET. The first night of the event will be broadcast live on MLB Network and streamed live on Rounds 2-40 will also be streamed live on on June 5-6.'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.

The Marlins pick ninth in the first round, marking the first time since they selected catcher Kyle Skipworth sixth overall in 2008 that the club has had a top 10 selection.

In fact, the organization has been in the top 10 just twice since 2000. In that year, the Marlins had the first overall pick, and selected first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

A year ago, the Marlins went with Jose Fernandez with their top selection. A hard-throwing right-hander, Fernandez was taken at No. 14.

Prior to going with Fernandez, a Tampa Alonso High School pitcher, the Marlins had gone four straight years of using their first-round choice on a position player.

The current Miami roster features home-grown players Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison, Bryan Petersen, Chris Coghlan, Steve Cishek, Brett Hayes and Johnson.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.