Fryman to serve as Indians' Draft rep
Former No. 1 pick is skipper for Class A affiliate with Tribe
CLEVELAND -- With the No. 5 overall pick in next month's First-Year Player Draft, the Indians have their highest pick since 1992, and there is heavy organizational emphasis on getting it right.
While getting it right ultimately rests in the hands and minds of those in the Tribe's amateur scouting department, a little good karma couldn't hurt. So who better than Travis Fryman, a former No. 1 Draft pick who went on to an All-Star career with the Tigers and Indians, to announce that selection to the baseball world?
Fryman, now the manager for the Tribe's short-season Class A Mahoning Valley club, will be the Tribe's representative at the Draft this year, reading the name of the player selected at No. 5 during the MLB.com and MLB Network broadcasts.
MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 7-9 on MLB.com/Live. The first round and Compensation Round A will be broadcast live from MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday, June 7, beginning with the Draft preview show at 6 p.m. ET.
MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo will join Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, Peter Gammons and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis on Monday's broadcast.
Coverage for Rounds 2-50 will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where Rounds 2-30 will be streamed on Tuesday, beginning at noon, and Rounds 31-50 will be streamed on Wednesday, starting at noon. Host Pete McCarthy will be joined by Mayo and former general manager Jim Duquette.
This will be the second time Fryman will serve as the Tribe's Draft representative in the last three years. He read infielder Lonnie Chisenhall's name with the 29th overall pick in 2008.
Fryman, 41, is entering his third season at the helm of the Scrappers. A veteran of 13 Major League seasons, he was a five-time All-Star, an American league Silver Slugger Award winner at shortstop with the Tigers in 1992 and a Gold Glove Award winner at third base with the Indians in 2000.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.