Draft offers future stars after first day

Draft offers future stars after first day

OAKLAND -- Tuesday marked Day 1 of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, and it got primetime treatment, with television coverage on MLB Network, a simulcast on MLB.com and in-depth breakdowns of each selection from No. 1 overall to No. 111.

Day 2 did not, and Day 3 won't get the same kind of attention, but that doesn't mean teams won't be picking up future All-Stars.

A's outfielder Matt Holliday, for instance, was the 210th overall selection in the 1998 Draft, taken in the seventh round by the Rockies. He made his big league debut in 2004 and is a three-time All-Star and former National League batting and RBIs champion.

Several standout members of the Oakland pitching staff were taken after No. 111, too.

• Rookie closer Andrew Bailey was a sixth-round selection (188th overall) of the A's in 2006.
• Opening Night starter Dallas Braden went 727th overall (24th round) to Oakland in 2004 and was in the bigs by 2007.
• Brad Ziegler was a 20th-rounder (595th overall) for the Phillies in 2003 and gained national acclaim as a record-setting rookie reliever with the A's last season.
• Left-hander Josh Outman, who went 307th overall (10th round) to the Phillies in 2005, is among the top rookie starters in the game.

In other words, there are plenty of hidden gems out there to be uncovered.

After 111 picks on Day 1 -- including Rounds 1, 2 and 3 and Compensation Rounds A and B, -- and rounds four through 30 on Wednesday, the Draft will conclude on Thursday with the 31st through 50th rounds, beginning at 8:30 a.m. PT.

MLB.com's coverage will include a live pick-by-pick audio stream, expert commentary and the exclusive Draft Tracker, a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player, featuring statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.

Fans will not only be able to follow along every minute of the way online, but they'll be able to interact directly with Draft-eligible players and MLB.com Draft experts, among others.

The Draft Tracker will also feature the addition of Twitter, and the participation of "tweeters" such as MLB.com Draft expert @JonathanMayoB3, who will also be serving as on-air talent for all three days of the Draft; and reporter @LisaWinstonMLB, who will be writing the up-to-the-minute coverage for MLB.com.

In addition, MLB.com has created a Twitter account devoted to the Draft, where you can stay updated on every piece of info as it becomes available (@MLBDraft).

Sign up to follow the A's on Twitter at http://twitter.com/OaklandAs.

Among the 25 players on Oakland's active roster, 11 were taken after the 111th overall pick in their respective Draft: relievers Michael Wuertz (334th by Cubs in 1997, reached Majors in 2004), Russ Springer (179th by Yankees in 1989, reached Majors in 1992) and Craig Breslow, (769th by Brewers in 2002, reached Majors in 2005); and outfielders Rajai Davis (1,134th by Pirates in 2001, reached Majors in 2006)

Aaron Cunningham (185th by White Sox in 2005, reached Majors in 2008) and Chris Denorfia (555th by the Reds in 2002, reached Majors in 2005).

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