Hemond, Gonzo returning to Draft for D-backs

Hemond, Gonzo returning to Draft for D-backs

ST. LOUIS -- The D-backs will be represented at the 2014 First-Year Player Draft once again by front-office executives Roland Hemond and Luis Gonzalez.

Hemond is widely respected around baseball. A three-time winner of Major League Baseball's Executive of the Year Award, Hemond is in his second tour of duty with the D-backs, this time as special assistant to D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall.

Hemond was the 2011 recipient of the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given out by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in recognition of extraordinary efforts to enhance the game's positive impact on society.

Gonzalez owns the biggest hit in D-backs franchise history -- a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.

Gonzalez, who is the only D-backs player to have his number retired, is also a special assistant to Hall.

The 2014 Draft will take place on June 5-7, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 5, at 3 p.m. MST. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 4 p.m., with the top 74 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of the second and third days will begin with a live Draft show at 11:30 a.m. on June 6.

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. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.