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Diamondbacks select Justin Upton first in 2005 First-Year Player Draft06/07/2005 2:38 PM ET
MLB Press Release
The Arizona Diamondbacks today selected shortstop Justin Upton out of Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Va., with the first overall pick in the 2005 Major League Baseball First Year-Player Draft.
Honors for the 17-year old Upton include the Gatorade High School Player of the Year for 2005, a first-team selection by USA Today, he was Baseball America's High School All-American in addition to earning AFLAC's Player of the Year honors in 2004 and he was named to the USA Junior National Team.
Upton batted .519 during his just completed senior season with 11 home runs and 32 RBI, while scoring 29 runs and stealing seven bases, all in just 54 official plate appearances, earning Virginia Player of the Year honors.
"The selection of Justin Upton is the culmination of a lot of hard work by our entire scouting department," said Mike Rizzo, Diamondbacks' Director of Scouting. "He is one of those very special athletes who in the final analysis we really wanted to be a part of our organization. He comes from an extremely talented, athletic family, and possesses all of the tools and qualities to eventually become one of the top players in the game. We're very proud to have selected Justin with the first pick in this year's draft."
"As a Major League organization, our goal is to never be in the position to have the #1 selection in the First Year Player Draft," added Joe Garagiola, Diamondbacks' Senior Vice President and General Manager. "However, such a season affords you the opportunity to bring a player of Justin's talent into our organization and there is no doubt among any of us that he is deserving of being the top player selected."
Justin, 6-2, 200 pounds, joins older brother, B.J., as the only brother combination to be selected as number one and number two overall draft choices in different drafts. B.J. was the number two pick of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2002 and is currently playing for Durham.
In Baseball America's "Rating the Best Tools" for the 2005 Draft Preview issue, the publication tabbed Upton as the Best Athlete, the Best Five-Tool Talent, Best Pure Hitter, Fastest Baserunner, Best Defensive Player and the Closest to the Majors among high school players.
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