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2008 MLB Draft

The 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft continued Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft of high school and college baseball players, and was held on June 5 and 6, 2008.

First round selections

* Player did not sign
Pick Player Team Position School
1 Timothy Beckham Tampa Bay Devil Rays Shortstop Griffin High School (GA)
2 Pedro Álvarez Pittsburgh Pirates Third baseman Vanderbilt
3 Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals First Baseman American Heritage School (FL)
4 Brian Matusz Baltimore Orioles Left-handed pitcher San Diego
5 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants Catcher Florida State
6 Kyle Skipworth Florida Marlins Catcher Patriot High School (CA)
7 Yonder Alonso Cincinnati Reds First baseman Miami (FL)
8 Gordon Beckham Chicago White Sox Shortstop Georgia
9 Aaron Crow* Washington Nationals Right-handed pitcher Missouri
10 Jason Castro Houston Astros Catcher Stanford
11 Justin Smoak Texas Rangers First baseman South Carolina
12 Jemile Weeks Oakland Athletics Second baseman Miami (FL)
13 Brett Wallace St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman Arizona State
14 Aaron Hicks Minnesota Twins Outfielder Woodrow Wilson High School (CA)
15 Ethan Martin Los Angeles Dodgers Right-handed pitcher Stephens County High School (GA)
16 Brett Lawrie Milwaukee Brewers Catcher Brookswood Secondary School (Canada)
17 David Cooper Toronto Blue Jays First baseman California
18 Ike Davis New York Mets[Compensation 1] First baseman Arizona State
19 Andrew Cashner Chicago Cubs Right-handed pitcher TCU
20 Josh Fields Seattle Mariners Right-handed pitcher Georgia
21 Ryan Perry Detroit Tigers Right-handed pitcher Arizona
22 Reese Havens New York Mets Shortstop South Carolina
23 Allan Dykstra San Diego Padres First baseman Wake Forest
24 Anthony Hewitt Philadelphia Phillies Shortstop Salisbury School (CT)
25 Christian Friedrich Colorado Rockies Left-handed pitcher Eastern Kentucky
26 Daniel Schlereth Arizona Diamondbacks Left-handed pitcher Arizona
27 Carlos Gutierrez Minnesota Twins[Compensation 2] Right-handed pitcher Miami (FL)
28 Gerrit Cole* New York Yankees Right-handed pitcher Orange Lutheran High School (CA)
29 Lonnie Chisenhall Cleveland Indians Shortstop Pitt Community College (NC)
30 Casey Kelly Boston Red Sox Right-handed pitcher Sarasota High School (FL)

Supplemental first round selections

Pick Player Team Position School
31 Steven Hunt Minnesota Twins[Compensation 3] Right-handed pitcher Tulane
32 Jake Odorizzi Milwaukee Brewers[Compensation 4] Right-handed pitcher Highland High School (IL)
33 Bradley Holt New York Mets[Compensation 5] Right-handed pitcher UNC Wilmington
34 Zach Collier Philadelphia Phillies[Compensation 6] Outfielder Chino Hills High School (CA)
35 Evan Frederickson Milwaukee Brewers[Compensation 7] Left-handed pitcher San Francisco
36 Michael Montgomery Kansas City Royals[Compensation 8] Left-handed pitcher Hart High School (CA)
37 Conor Gillaspie San Francisco Giants[Compensation 9] Third Baseman Wichita State
38 Jordan Lyles Houston Astros[Compensation 10] Right-handed pitcher Hartsville High School (SC)
39 Lance Lynn St. Louis Cardinals[Compensation 11] Right-handed pitcher Ole Miss
40 Brett DeVall Atlanta Braves[Compensation 12] Left-handed pitcher Niceville High School (FL)
41 Ryan Flaherty Chicago Cubs[Compensation 13] Shortstop Vanderbilt
42 Jaff Decker San Diego Padres[Compensation 14] Outfielder Sunrise Mountain High School (AZ)
43 Wade Miley Arizona Diamondbacks[Compensation 15] Left-handed pitcher Southeastern Louisiana
44 Jeremy Bleich New York Yankees[Compensation 16] Left-handed pitcher Stanford
45 Bryan Price Boston Red Sox[Compensation 17] Right-handed pitcher Rice
46 Logan Forsythe San Diego Padres[Compensation 18] Third Baseman Arkansas

Compensation picks

Other notable players

NFL players drafted


On September 9, 2008, Conor Gillaspie, the 37th pick in the 2008 draft, made his Major League debut, becoming the first from his draft class to do so. Buster Posey was the first in the 2008 Draftee to play in post-season and eventually won the 2010 World Series with the San Francisco Giants. Posey was also named 2010 NL Rookie of the Year.

2011 Rookie of the Year Craig Kimbrel was drafted 96th overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 3rd round.

Ryan Westmoreland, who the Boston Red Sox drafted in the fifth round, became one of the best prospects in baseball before having brain surgery twice to repair a cavernous malformation.[1]

Brothers Caleb and Corban Joseph were both chosen in the 2008 draft. The New York Yankees selected Corban in the fourth round, with the 140th overall selection, out of Franklin High School in Franklin, Tennessee, while the Baltimore Orioles drafted Caleb in the seventh round, with the 206th overall selection, out of Lipscomb University.[2]

West Virginia quarterback Pat White was drafted in the 49th round by the Cincinnati Reds, even though he had not played baseball since his senior year of high school in 2004, when he was drafted by the Anaheim Angels.


External links

  • MLB Important Dates for 2008
  • 2008 MLB Draft Tracker
  • s First Round Recap
Preceded by
David Price
1st Overall Picks
Tim Beckham
Succeeded by
Stephen Strasburg
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