2004 Amateur Draft

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The 2004 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft was held on June 7 and June 8, 2004. The first overall pick was Matt Bush by the San Diego Padres. His selection was considered a surprise, as no one considered him to be the top talent in the draft, but he was a local boy whose contract demands were expected to be reasonable (contrary to others mentioned below), and the Padres were not interested in breaking the bank. The pick was a huge bust, as Bush was beset by personal issues and only emerged as a major league player years later, after moving to the mound, by which time he had been a member of a number of different organizations. In retrospect, #2 pick Justin Verlander was clearly the best player to come out of the draft.

Three Rice University pitchers (Philip Humber - 3rd, Jeffrey Niemann - 4th, and Wade Townsend - 8th) were selected in the first eight picks. Two Scott Boras clients, Jered Weaver (winner of the Golden Spikes Award) and Stephen Drew, slid down in the draft and did not sign until just before the 2005 amateur draft.

31 players whose fathers played professional baseball, headed by the Pittsburgh Pirates' top pick, Neil Walker, son of former pitcher Tom Walker were drafted. Two younger brothers of current Major Leaguers at the time went in the first round: Weaver, brother of pitcher Jeff Weaver, and Drew, brother of outfielder J.D. Drew and pitcher Tim Drew.

The Houston Astros had one of the best drafts, ending up with OF Hunter Pence with the 64th pick and IF Ben Zobrist with pick #164; both were recommended by the same scout, Rusty Pendergrass, and went on to enjoy long and productive careers.

2004 First Round Picks[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 San Diego Padres Matthew Bush SS Mission Bay High School (HS) San Diego, CA
2 Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander RHP Old Dominion University (Col.) Manakin-Sabot, VA
3 New York Mets Philip Humber RHP Rice University (Col.) Carthage, TX
4 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Jeffrey Niemann RHP Rice University (Col.) Houston, TX
5 Milwaukee Brewers Mark Rogers RHP Mount Ararat High School (HS) Topsham, ME
6 Cleveland Indians Jeremy Sowers LHP Vanderbilt University (Col.) Louisville, KY
7 Cincinnati Reds Homer Bailey RHP La Grange (TX) High School (HS) La Grange, TX
8 Baltimore Orioles Wade Townsend RHP Rice University (Col.) Dripping Springs, TX Did not sign
9 Colorado Rockies Chris Nelson SS Redan High School (HS) Decatur, GA
10 Texas Rangers Thomas Diamond RHP University of New Orleans (Col.) New Orleans, LA
11 Pittsburgh Pirates Neil Walker C Pine-Richland High School (HS) Gibsonia, PA
12 Anaheim Angels Jered Weaver RHP Long Beach State University (Col.) Simi Valley, CA
13 Montreal Expos Bill Bray LHP College of William & Mary (Col.) [[]]
14 Kansas City Royals Billy Butler 3B Wolfson High School (HS) Jacksonville, FL
15 Arizona Diamondbacks Stephen Drew SS Florida State University (Col.) Hahira, GA
16 Toronto Blue Jays David Purcey LHP University of Oklahoma (Col.) [[]]
17 Los Angeles Dodgers Scott Elbert LHP Seneca High School (HS) Seneca, MO
18 Chicago White Sox Josh Fields 3B Oklahoma State University (Col.) [[]]
19 St. Louis Cardinals Chris Lambert RHP Boston College (Col.) [[]]
20 Minnesota Twins Trevor Plouffe SS Crespi Carmelite High School (HS) Encino, CA
21 Philadelphia Phillies Gregory Golson CF Connally High School (HS) Waco, TX
22 Minnesota Twins Glen Perkins LHP University of Minnesota (Col.) [[]] Compensation from Seattle Mariners for Eddie Guardado
23 New York Yankees Philip Hughes RHP Foothill High School (HS) Santa Ana, CA Compensation from Houston Astros for Andy Pettitte
24 Oakland Athletics Landon Powell C University of South Carolina (Col.) Apex, NC Compensation from Boston Red Sox for Keith Foulke
25 Minnesota Twins Kyle Waldrop RHP Farragut High School (Knoxville) (HS) Knoxville, TN Compensation from Chicago Cubs for LaTroy Hawkins
26 Oakland Athletics Richard Robnett CF Fresno State University (Col.) [[]]
27 Florida Marlins Taylor Tankersley LHP University of Alabama (Col.) Vicksburg, MS
28 Los Angeles Dodgers Blake Dewitt 2B Sikeston High School (HS) Sikeston, MO Compensation from New York Yankees for Paul Quantrill
29 Kansas City Royals Matt Campbell LHP University of South Carolina (Col.) [[]] Compensation from San Francisco Giants for Michael Tucker
30 Texas Rangers Eric Hurley RHP Wolfson High School (HS) Jacksonville, FL Compensation from Atlanta Braves for John Thomson

Supplemental First Round[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
31 Kansas City Royals J.P. Howell P University of Texas (Col.) Sacramento, CA Compensation for Raul Ibanez
32 Toronto Blue Jays Zach Jackson P Texas A&M University (Col.) [[]] Compensation for Kelvim Escobar
33 Los Angeles Dodgers Justin Orenduff P Virginia Commonwealth University (Col.) [[]] Compensation for Paul Quantrill
34 Chicago White Sox Tyler Lumsden P Clemson University (Col.) [[]] Compensation for Bartolo Colon
35 Minnesota Twins Matt Fox P University of Central Florida (Col.) [[]] Compensation for Eddie Guardado
36 Oakland Athletics Danny Putnam OF Stanford University (Col.) [[]] Compensation for Keith Foulke
37 New York Yankees Jonathan Poterson C Chandler High School (HS) Chandler, AZ Compensation for Andy Pettitte
38 Chicago White Sox Giovany Gonzalez P Monsignor Pace High School (HS) Opa Locka, FL Compensation for Tom Gordon
39 Minnesota Twins Jay Rainville P Bishop Hendricken High School (HS) Warwick, RI Compensation for LaTroy Hawkins
40 Oakland Athletics Huston Street P University of Texas (Col.) Austin, TX Compensation for Miguel Tejada
41 New York Yankees Jeffrey Marquez P Sacramento City College (Col.) [[]] Compensation for David Wells

Other Notable Selections[edit]

Yovani Gallardo, Dustin Pedroia, Hunter Pence, Seth Smith, Jason Vargas (2nd round); Wade Davis, Ian Desmond, Adam Lind (3rd round); Chris Iannetta (4th round); Jake McGee (5th round); Ben Zobrist (6th round); Dexter Fowler (14th round); Mark Reynolds (16th round); Jerry Blevins (17th round); Mark Trumbo (18th round); Martin Maldonado (27th round); Mike Dunn (33rd round)

Other Sports Selections[edit]

Patrick White (4th round); Matt Moore (22nd round); Matt Cassel (36th round)

Draft Notes[edit]

Huston Street became the first player from the draft to play in the majors when he debuted on April 6, 2005.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Richard Justice: "Why Astros chose Pence, Zobrist in same Draft: Scout convinced Houston to select two future standouts in one year", May 29, 2020. [1]