Patek, who played for the Royals from 1971 to '79, was a defensively gifted player who batted .241 in 1,245 games. Despite being the smallest player in the Majors at 5-4, Patek was a cornerstone of great playoff teams and was twice an All-Star.
The Draft will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday. Prior to the start of the Draft, MLB Network will air a preview show, also simulcast on MLB.com, at 5 p.m.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.