2005 Amateur Draft

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The 2005 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft was held on June 7 and June 8, 2005. The first overall pick was Justin Upton, by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

First pick Upton is the brother of B.J. Upton, who had been selected with the second overall pick in 2002 by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Golden Spikes Award winner Alex Gordon of the University of Nebraska was drafted with the number two selection by the Kansas City Royals. Wade Townsend, who had been drafted the previous year by the Baltimore Orioles but could not reach a contract agreement, was drafted by Tampa Bay.

Collegiate players accounted for two-thirds of the first round selections and all but the first and tenth of the top ten picks. 13 pitchers were selected in the first round.

Joey Devine became the first player from the draft to play in the majors when he debuted on August 20th of that year.

2005 First Round Picks[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Arizona Diamondbacks Justin Upton SS Great Bridge High School (HS) Chesapeake, VA
2 Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon 3B University of Nebraska (Col.) Lincoln, NE
3 Seattle Mariners Jeffrey Clement C University of Southern California (Col.) Marshalltown, IA
4 Washington Nationals Ryan Zimmerman 3B University of Virginia (Col.) Virginia Beach, VA
5 Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun 3B University of Miami (Col.) Granada Hills, CA
6 Toronto Blue Jays Ricardo Romero LHP California State-Fullerton (Col.) Los Angeles, CA
7 Colorado Rockies Troy Tulowitzki SS Long Beach State University (Col.) Sunnyvale, CA
8 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Wade Townsend RHP Rice University (Col.) see notes Dripping Springs, TX
9 New York Mets Michael Pelfrey RHP Wichita State University (Col.) Augusta, KS
10 Detroit Tigers Cameron Maybin OF T.C. Roberson High School (HS) Arden, NC
11 Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen OF Fort Meade High School (HS) Fort Meade, FL
12 Cincinnati Reds Jay Bruce OF West Brook High School (HS) Beaumont, TX
13 Baltimore Orioles Brandon Snyder C Westfield High School (HS) Centreville, VA
14 Cleveland Indians Trevor Crowe OF University of Arizona (Col.) Aurora, CO
15 Chicago White Sox Lance Broadway RHP Texas Christian University (Col.) Mansfield, TX
16 Florida Marlins Chris Volstad RHP Palm Beach Gardens High School (HS) Palm Beach Gardens, FL
17 New York Yankees C.J. Henry SS Putnam City High School (HS) Oklahoma City, OK Compensation from Phillies for Jon Lieber
18 San Diego Padres Cesar Carrillo RHP University of Miami (Col.) Hammond, IN
19 Texas Rangers John Mayberry Jr. OF Stanford University (Col.) Overland Park, KS
20 Chicago Cubs Mark Pawelek LHP Springville High School (HS) Springville, UT
21 Oakland Athletics Cliff Pennington SS Texas A&M University (Col.) Corpus Christi, TX
22 Florida Marlins Aaron Thompson LHP Second Baptist High School (HS) Houston, TX Compensation from Giants for Armando Benitez
23 Boston Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury OF Oregon State University (Col.) Madras, OR Compensation from Angels for Orlando Cabrera
24 Houston Astros Brian Bogusevic LHP Tulane University (Col.) Palos Heights, IL
25 Minnesota Twins Matthew Albidrez-Garza RHP Fresno State University (Col.) Fresno, CA
26 Boston Red Sox Craig Hansen RHP St. John's University (Col.) Glen Cove, NY Compensation from Dodgers for Derek Lowe
27 Atlanta Braves Joey Devine RHP North Carolina State University (Col.) Junction City, KS
28 St. Louis Cardinals Colby Rasmus OF Russell County High School (HS) Phenix City, AL Compensation from Red Sox for Edgar Renteria
29 Florida Marlins Jacob Marceaux RHP McNeese State University (Col.) Jennings, LA Compensation from Yankees for Carl Pavano
30 St. Louis Cardinals Tyler Greene SS Georgia Institute of Technology (Col.) Plantation, FL

Supplemental First Round[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
31 Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Torra RHP University of Massachusetts Amherst (Col.) Pittsfield, MA Compensation for Richie Sexson
32 Colorado Rockies Chaz Roe RHP Lafayette High School (Lexington) (HS) Lexington, KY Compensation for Vinny Castilla
33 Cleveland Indians John Drennen OF Rancho Bernardo High School (HS) San Diego, CA Compensation for Omar Vizquel
34 Florida Marlins Ryan Tucker RHP Temple City High School (HS) Temple City, CA Compensation for Armando Benitez
35 San Diego Padres Cesar Ramos LHP Long Beach State University (Col.) Pico Rivera, CA Compensation for David Wells
36 Oakland Athletics Travis Buck OF Arizona State University (Col.) Richland, WA Compensation for Damian Miller
37 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Trevor Bell RHP Crescenta Valley High School (HS) La Crescenta, CA Compensation for Troy Percival
38 Houston Astros Eli Iorg OF University of Tennessee (Col.) Knoxville, TN Compensation for Carlos Beltran
39 Minnesota Twins Henry Sanchez 1B Mission Bay High School (HS) San Diego, CA Compensation for Corey Koskie
40 Los Angeles Dodgers Luke Hochevar RHP University of Tennessee (Col.) Fowler, CO Did not sign/Compensation for Adrian Beltre
41 Atlanta Braves Beau Jones LHP Destrehan High School (HS) Destrehan, LA Compensation for Jaret Wright
42 Boston Red Sox Clay Buchholz RHP Angelina College (Col.) Lumberton, TX Compensation for Pedro Martinez
43 St. Louis Cardinals Mark McCormick RHP Baylor University (Col.) League City, TX Compensation for Edgar Renteria
44 Florida Marlins Sean West LHP Captain Shreve High School (HS) Shreveport, LA Compensation for Carl Pavano
45 Boston Red Sox Jed Lowrie 2B Stanford University (Col.) Salem, OR Compensation for Orlando Cabrera
46 St. Louis Cardinals Tyler Herron RHP Wellington High School (HS) Wellington, FL Compensation for Mike Matheny
47 Boston Red Sox Michael Bowden RHP Waubonsie Valley High School (HS) Aurora, IL Compensation for Derek Lowe
48 Baltimore Orioles Garrett Olson LHP Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (Col.) Clovis, CA Compensation for failure to sign 2004 Pick Wade Townsend

Other Notable Selections[edit]

Yunel Escobar, Chase Headley (2nd round); Brett Gardner (3rd round); Michael Brantley (7th round); Koby Clemens, Austin Jackson (8th round); Matt Joyce (12th round); David Hernandez (16th round); Sergio Romo (28th round)

Draft Notes[edit]

  • Townsend did not play on the school's team in 2005.