|2005 Major League Baseball draft|
|Date(s)||June 7–8, 2005|
|1501 total selections|
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||Justin Upton||Arizona Diamondbacks||SS||Great Bridge High School (VA)|
|2||Alex Gordon||Kansas City Royals||3B||University of Nebraska|
|3||Jeff Clement||Seattle Mariners||C||USC|
|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 (TX)|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.