Rays peg Zimmer, Rocco for Draft duty

Rays peg Zimmer, Rocco for Draft duty

ST. PETERSBURG -- Don Zimmer and Rocco Baldelli will represent the Rays at this year's First-Player Draft.

Draft Central

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.

Baldelli, 28, returned to the Rays this spring in an evolving role that will see him wear many hats from working with younger players to dabbling with baseball operations.

After the Rays selected Baldelli in the first round of the 2000 Draft, he progressed through the Rays' system before making his Major League debut in 2003. Though he showed signs of becoming a marquee player, injuries and a mysterious health ailment ultimately derailed the grandiose forecasts for his future.

He last played for the Rays in the 2008 World Series. He signed with the Red Sox in 2009 and hit .253 with seven home runs in 62 games last season. He also injured his shoulder midway through the season. He is now considering what needs to be done to mend his shoulder and has not ruled out a return to baseball.

Zimmer, 78, serves as a senior baseball advisor for the Rays. In addition to having been a Major League player for 12 seasons, Zimmer was a Major League coach or manager for 39 years. Prior to joining the Rays in 2004, Zimmer spent eight seasons as bench coach for Yankees manager Joe Torre.

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.

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