O'Brien, Russell to rep Rangers at Draft

O'Brien, Russell to rep Rangers at Draft

ARLINGTON -- Former first baseman Pete O'Brien and reliever Jeff Russell will be the Rangers' representatives at the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, which begins at 6 p.m. CT on June 7.

All 30 clubs are sending representatives and O'Brien and Russell have been prominent members of the Rangers Alumni Legacy program, which keeps former players involved in the organization. Both were special instructors in Spring Training this year.

Draft Central

The Rangers have four of the top 50 picks in the Draft.

O'Brien was the Rangers' 15th round pick in the 1979 Draft and ended up playing for them in 1982-88. He was the Rangers Player of the Year in 1985 when he hit .267 with 22 homers and 90 RBIs. The following season he batted .292 with 23 home runs and 90 RBIs. He was traded to the Indians after the 1988 season.

Russell was acquired by the Rangers during the 1985 season in a trade with the Reds for Buddy Bell. He ended up being an All-Star as a starting pitcher in 1988 and a reliever in 1989. He was one of three players traded to the Athletics on Aug. 31, 1992, for outfielder Jose Canseco. But he rejoined the Rangers as a free agent in 1995 and was part of their bullpen on their first division championship team in 1996.

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.

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