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2005 MLB draft

The 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 7 and 8. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams. It is widely considered to be one of the best drafts in recent memory.[1]

Source: Major League Baseball 2005 Official Draft Site

First round selections

= All-Star
Pick Player Team Position School
1 Justin Upton Arizona Diamondbacks OF Great Bridge High School
2 Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals 3B University of Nebraska
3 Jeff Clement Seattle Mariners C University of Southern California
4 Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals 3B University of Virginia
5 Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers 3B University of Miami
6 Ricky Romero Toronto Blue Jays LHP Cal State Fullerton
7 Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies SS Long Beach State University
8 Wade Townsend Tampa Bay Devil Rays RHP Rice University
9 Mike Pelfrey New York Mets RHP Wichita State University
10 Cameron Maybin Detroit Tigers CF T. C. Roberson High School
11 Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates CF Fort Meade High School (FL)
12 Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds CF West Brook Senior High School
13 Brandon Snyder Baltimore Orioles C Westfield High School
14 Trevor Crowe Cleveland Indians CF University of Arizona
15 Lance Broadway Chicago White Sox RHP Texas Christian University
16 Chris Volstad Florida Marlins RHP Palm Beach Gardens Community High School
17 C.J. Henry New York Yankees[Compensation 1] SS Putnam City High School (OK)
18 Cesar Carrillo San Diego Padres RHP University of Miami
19 John Mayberry, Jr. Texas Rangers RF Stanford University
20 Mark Pawelek Chicago Cubs LHP Springville High School
21 Cliff Pennington Oakland Athletics SS Texas A&M University
22 Aaron Thompson Florida Marlins[Compensation 2] LHP Second Baptist School
23 Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox[Compensation 3] CF Oregon State University
24 Brian Bogusevic Houston Astros LHP Tulane University
25 Matt Garza Minnesota Twins RHP Fresno State University
26 Craig Hansen Boston Red Sox[Compensation 4] RHP St. John's University
27 Joey Devine Atlanta Braves RHP North Carolina State University
28 Colby Rasmus St. Louis Cardinals[Compensation 5] CF Russell County High School (AL)
29 Jacob Marceaux Florida Marlins[Compensation 6] RHP McNeese State University
30 Tyler Greene St. Louis Cardinals SS Georgia Institute of Technology

Supplemental first round selections

Pick Player Team Position School
31 Matt Torra Arizona Diamondbacks[Compensation 7] RHP University of Massachusetts Amherst
32 Chaz Roe Colorado Rockies[Compensation 8] RHP Lafayette High School
33 John Drennen Cleveland Indians[Compensation 9] OF Rancho Bernardo High School
34 Ryan Tucker Florida Marlins[Compensation 10] RHP Temple City High School
35 Cesar Ramos San Diego Padres[Compensation 11] LHP Long Beach State University
36 Travis Buck Oakland Athletics[Compensation 12] OF Arizona State University
37 Trevor Bell Anaheim Angels[Compensation 13] RHP Crescenta Valley High School
38 Eli Iorg Houston Astros[Compensation 14] OF University of Tennessee
39 Henry Sanchez Minnesota Twins[Compensation 15] 1B Mission Bay High School
40 Luke Hochevar * Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 16] RHP University of Tennessee
41 Beau Jones Atlanta Braves[Compensation 17] LHP Destrehan High School
42 Clay Buchholz Boston Red Sox[Compensation 18] RHP Angelina College
43 Mark McCormick St. Louis Cardinals[Compensation 19] RHP Baylor University
44 Sean West Florida Marlins[Compensation 20] LHP Captain Shreve High School
45 Jed Lowrie Boston Red Sox[Compensation 21] 2B Stanford University
46 Tyler Herron St. Louis Cardinals[Compensation 22] RHP Wellington Community High School
47 Michael Bowden Boston Red Sox[Compensation 23] RHP Waubonsie Valley High School
48 Garrett Olson Baltimore Orioles[Compensation 24] LHP California Polytechnic State University
  • *Did Not Sign With Team

Compensation Picks

Other notable players


The Diamondbacks used the top overall pick on high school shortstop Justin Upton and thus made him and older brother, B.J., the highest selected pair of brothers in the history of the draft. The Devil Rays selected B.J. with the second overall pick of the 2002 draft. With the fourth overall pick, the Nationals chose one of Upton's AAU teammates, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman of the University of Virginia. Zimmerman and B.J. Upton played in the same AAU infield as New York Mets third baseman David Wright in their youth.

College third basemen accounted for three of the top five selections. A total of 13 pitchers went in the first round, 10 of whom came from the college ranks.

Rice pitcher Wade Townsend was the eighth overall pick in the first round for the second straight year. After failing to reach terms with the Orioles last year, Townsend re-entered the draft pool and was selected by Tampa Bay.

Stanford outfielder John Mayberry, the son of the longtime Major League first baseman of the same name, was drafted by the Rangers with the 19th overall pick.[2]

Three 2005 first-round draft choices saw action before the conclusion of the Major League season. Atlanta's Joey Devine became the first Brave since Bob Horner in 1978 to appear in the Majors the same year he was drafted. Devine joined Ariel Prieto (OAK-1995), Chad Cordero (MON-2003) and Ryan Wagner (CIN-2003) as the only draftees of the last 15 years to reach the Majors before September 1 the same year. Zimmerman and Boston's Craig Hansen joined their Major League clubs in September 2005.

Ryan Braun was the first 2005 draftee to be selected to an All-Star Game. He was voted in as a starter in 2008. Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz were the first 2005 draftees to win a World Series championship, although Buchholz, drafted in the supplemental first round, was never on the 2007 Red Sox postseason roster. Matt Garza was named MVP of the 2008 ALCS.

External links

  • - Official MLB 2005 Draft Central page
  • - 2005 First Round Picks
  • - 2005 complete Draft Tracker (all rounds)
  • - Draft History
  • database


  • [1]
Preceded by
Matt Bush
1st Overall Picks
Justin Upton
Succeeded by
Luke Hochevar
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