WASHINGTON -- Bob Boone and Livan Hernandez will represent the Nationals -- who have the 18th overall pick -- during the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on June 5.
Boone, who is currently the vice president of player personnel, was one of the best defensive catchers in the 1970s and '80s. He was drafted by the Phillies in the sixth round of the 1969 First-Year Player Draft.
Hernandez was never drafted, but he signed as a free agent with the Marlins in 1996 and went on to win the '97 World Series MVP Award. Hernandez is arguably the most popular pitcher in Nationals history. He was a workhorse during his time with the Expos/Nats. He was often among the league leaders in innings pitched and was considered the leader of the pitching staff. Hernandez also has the distinction of throwing the first pitch in Nationals history and making an All-Star appearance with the club in 2005.
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 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 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 12:30 p.m. ET 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.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.