Mike Trout is part of campaign to increase interest in MLB draft

Mike Trout and Tim Anderson both vividly remember what it was like to be drafted. So does Major League Baseball.

On Friday, the league’s main channel, MLB Network, plans to unveil special MLB draft spots highlighting the experiences of the two players in order to draw more attention to the event and a new pool of amateur hopefuls.

“Baseball is a true amateur draft in that amateur meaning in the sport, nobody knows who our players are most of the time,” said Harold Reynolds, a former player and longtime draft analyst at MLB Network.

He also said the spots were about reminding potential clients that the draft is their day.

Trout, who was born in Vineland, NJ, was able to hear his name in person on MLB Networks’ first live broadcast of the draft, which took place in 2009 in Secaucus, NJ. He still finished 25th in the Angels. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

“It kind of reminds you of where you’re from,” Trout told the Times. “To go back and be drafted from a small town in southern New Jersey and have the opportunity to go to the MLB Network for the draft, I think it was a great experience. Looking back, it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I think you always have these doubts about whether you’ll be drafted or not. … I think going there and being able to see everything, to see how everything is developing, to see how everything is developing. I think it’s something special.”

Reynolds was one of the visionaries of the MLB Network Draft Spots. He explained that Trout was chosen for the promo because he’s the best player in baseball and because “he’s a shining example of why you should be drafted.”

Following Trout, the Chicago White Sox’s Anderson was joined by the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, the Minnesota Twins’ Carlos Correa and the New York Mets’ Dominic Smith.

Reynolds’ reason for including Anderson in the special media spot, he said, was that the All-Star shortstop “is the new wave,” the new generation of players who aren’t afraid to just be themselves.

“It was definitely a cool moment in my career, obviously to start my professional career and put me in a better position to provide for my family. So yeah, that day will always be in my memory,” Anderson said when the White Sox were in Anaheim this week. Chicago ranked Anderson 17th overall in 2013.

Tim Anderson was drafted by the Chicago White Sox with the 17th pick in the 2013 draft.

Tim Anderson was drafted by the Chicago White Sox with the 17th pick in the 2013 draft.

(Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

“I will always remember this day. It was the day I was able to tap into my purpose.”

MLB Network will broadcast the first 80 picks on July 17 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time in LA Live. Fans can participate for free.

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Emma Bowman

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