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Astacio, Monfort to rep Rockies at Draft


DENVER -- Pedro Astacio, one of the most accomplished pitchers in Rockies history and now a part-time pitching instructor and advisor, will represent the Rockies at the MLB First-Year Player Draft on June 6 at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J.

Astacio, who went 53-48 and set a Rockies record with 14 complete games for the club from 1997-2001, served as an instructor this year during part of the team's first Spring Training under manager Walt Weiss, a teammate of Astacio in Colorado. Astacio also worked with pitchers during the Rockies' last road trip.

Also representing the Rockies will be Walker Monfort, the team's coordinator of Minor League operations. The two will help the league welcome its next crop of prospects.

The Rockies will have the third overall pick.

The 2013 First-Year Player Draft will take place on June 6-8, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 73 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. Rounds 3-10 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 7, beginning with a preview show at 12:30 p.m., and Rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 8, starting at 1 p.m.

MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. You can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

Virtually every team will have an iconic former player tabbed as a representative. Major League Baseball expects to have three Hall of Famers, 25 All-Stars, four Most Valuable Players and a trio of World Series-winning managers representing the clubs that made them famous at the Draft.

The Hall of Famers are third baseman George Brett of the Royals, ex-Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and former Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), formerly a pitcher with the Phillies.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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