Stewart to sit at Royals' selection table

Stewart to sit at Royals' selection table

KANSAS CITY -- Art Stewart, who has been involved with the Royals' Draft since the club's earliest days, will be at their selection table for the June 5-6 First-Year Player Draft at Orlando, Fla.

Stewart will be accompanied by John Wathan, who has been with the organization for 32 years and is now assistant to player development. A former catcher for the Royals, Wathan has also served the team as manager, coach, scout, instructor and broadcaster.

Stewart, who will be inducted into the Royals' Hall of Fame this summer, has been in pro baseball for more than 50 years. He joined the Royals in 1969 and is the club's longest-tenured associate. Among others, he signed Bo Jackson, Kevin Appier, Johnny Damon, Mike Sweeney and Carlos Beltran. will carry every pick of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, which takes place June 5-6 at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando. Day 1 coverage on BaseballChannel.TV begins at 12 p.m. CT, with a special ceremonial draft of former Negro Leaguers who will be on hand.

The First-Year Player Draft follows at 1 p.m. CT, with a simulcast of ESPN2's broadcast of the first round and compensation picks. The remaining rounds on Day 1 will be shown exclusively on BaseballChannel.TV, with live analysis on site from Draft guru Jonathan Mayo and David Rawnsley of Perfect Game USA.

Several of the top amateur prospects are expected in attendance for Day 1 of the Draft, and each of the 30 Major League clubs will be represented by front-office executives and baseball luminaries. Fans are welcome to attend Day 1 of the Draft, and admission to The Milk House is free with seating limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Day 2 will get under way at 10:30 a.m. CT and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.