Hentgen to serve as Jays' rep at Draft
Former Cy Young winner spent 10 seasons with Toronto
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are sending a familiar face to this year's First-Year Player Draft. Former Toronto pitcher Pat Hentgen -- the American League Cy Young Award winner in 1996 -- will serve as the club's representative at the annual event.
Hentgen will be at the Blue Jays' table when the club decides which player to take with the 20th overall pick in the first round. Toronto, which has five picks among the first 104 selections, has had eight of their former first-round picks on its roster at some point through this season's first seven weeks.
MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 9-11. The MLB Network will broadcast the first round at 6 p.m. ET on June 9 from its Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., and those 32 selections also will be simulcast live on MLB.com.
Beginning with the 33rd pick, up-to-the-minute on-air coverage from the remaining rounds will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where host Vinny Micucci will be joined by MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo and Major League Scouting Bureau director Frank Marcos.
Once the first night is done, the Draft will continue with the rounds 4-30, via conference call from MLB Headquarters in New York, at noon ET on Wednesday, June 10. Rounds 31-50 will be on Thursday, June 11, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Hentgen, who still serves as a guest coach for the Blue Jays' pitchers during Spring Training, was selected by Toronto with the 133rd overall pick in the fifth-round of the 1986 Draft. He went on to pitch in 14 Major League seasons, compiling a record of 131-112 in 344 games between stints with the Blue Jays, Cardinals and Orioles.
Hentgen spent 10 seasons with Toronto (1991-99, 2004), beginning and ending his professional career with the organization. During that period, he posted a 107-85 record to go along with a 4.28 ERA. Hentgen ranks fifth on Toronto's all-time charts in wins, strikeouts (1,028) and innings pitched (1,636).
The best season fashioned by Hentgen came in 1996, when he finished 20-10 with a 3.22 ERA and 10 complete games en route to becoming the first pitcher in Blue Jays history to capture the Cy Young Award. Hentgen -- a three-time All-Star -- won at least 15 games in four seasons during his career.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.