BALTIMORE -- Well before Dwight Evans' career wrapped up and his 19 years ended in a Red Sox uniform with 379 home runs, which is the fourth-most in franchise history, he was a fifth-round pick in the 1969 First-Year Player Draft.
At this year's Draft, Evans will serve as one of two Red Sox club representatives at Boston's table responsible for phoning in the team's picks. During the Draft's broadcast, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig will announce the first round, including Boston's top pick at No. 24, and the player reps themselves announce the picks for the supplemental first round.
Blair Henry, a Midwest area scout for the Sox who signed Lars Anderson, joins Evans at the table.
The annual First-Year Player Draft takes place this year from June 4-6, beginning with the first round and Comp Round A on Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m. ET. The first night of the event 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.
Evans, an outfielder, broke into the Majors with 18 games in 1972 after being drafted out of Chatsworth High School in California. From 1973-90, he reached double-digits in home runs every season, and he played every year of his career with Boston except for his last in '91, when he was with Baltimore. He won eight Gold Glove Awards to go along with the .272./.369/.473 line he posted with the Sox.
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.
Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.