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First-Year Player Draft History

Draft Report: 2000s
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The Florida Marlins made Adrian Gonzalez of Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, CA the first overall selection in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft. Gonzalez, who was rated as the best pure high school hitter in the draft by Baseball America, was the first high school first baseman taken first overall since the New York Yankees chose Ron Blomberg in 1967. In his senior year, Gonzalez hit .645 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI.

Among the college players chosen was David Parrish, son of former major leaguer Lance Parrish, by the New York Yankees with the 28th pick. In addition, David Espinosa, a high school shortstop from Miami, FL, became the first RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) alumnus ever selected in the first round of the draft.

Infielder Xavier Nady, second round pick of the San Diego Padres out of the University of California, went straight to the Major Leagues in 2000. He became the 19th player to do so since the draft started in 1965.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1. Marlins Adrian Gonzalez 1B Chula Vista, CA
2. Twins Adam Johnson RHP San Diego, CA
3. Cubs Luis Montanez SS Miami, FL
4. Royals Mike Stodolka LHP Corona, CA
5. Expos Justin Wayne RHP Honolulu, HI
6. Devil Rays Rocco Baldelli OF Warwick, RI
7. Rockies Matt Harrington RHP Palmdale, CA
8. Tigers Matt Wheatland RHP San Diego, CA
9. Padres Mark Phillips LHP Hanover, PA
10. Angels Joe Torres LHP Kissimmee, FL
11. Brewers Dave Krynzel OF Henderson, NV
12. White Sox Joe Borchard OF Camarillo, CA
13. Cardinals Shaun Boyd 2B Oceanside, CA
14. Orioles Beau Hale RHP Mauriceville, TX
15. Phillies Chase Utley 2B Long Beach, CA
16. Mets Billy Traber LHP El Segundo, CA
17. Dodgers Ben Diggins RHP Phoenix, AZ
18. Blue Jays Miguel Negron OF Caguas, PR
19. Pirates Sean Burnett LHP Wellington, FL
20. Angels Chris Bootcheck RHP LaPorte, IN
21. Giants John Bonser RHP Pinellas Park, FL
22. Red Sox Phil Dumatrait LHP Bakersfield, CA
23. Reds David Espinosa SS Miami, FL
24. Cardinals Blake Williams RHP San Marcos, TX
25. Rangers Scott Heard C San Diego, CA
26. Indians Corey Smith SS Piscataway, NJ
27. Astros Robert Stiehl C Torrance, CA
28. Yankees David Parrish C Yorba Linda, CA
29. Braves Adam Wainwright RHP St. Simons Island, GA
30. Braves Scott Thorman 3B Cambridge, Ontario


The Minnesota Twins selected St. Paul, MN native Joe Mauer with the number one pick in the 2001 draft. The 18-year-old Mauer, a catcher from Cretin High School in St. Paul, became the seventh Minnesotan to be selected in the first round and the first to be chosen number one overall. The switch-hitting back-stop was a member of the USA Junior National Team and won a gold medal at the world tournament in Taiwan in 1999. He was also a High School football standout as a quarterback and signed a letter of intent to play football at Florida State University before being drafted.

Right-handed pitcher Mark Prior of the University of Southern California was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the second overall pick in the draft. Prior, who was previously selected in the supplemental first round of the 1998 draft by the Yankees, was the first college player chosen in the 2001 draft. Prior won numerous National Player of the Year awards after going 15-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 202 strikeouts to lead the Trojans to a College World Series berth in his junior year.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1. Twins Joe Mauer C Cretin-Derham Hall HS, St. Paul
2. Cubs Mark Prior RHP U. of Southern California
3. Devil Rays Dewon Brazelton RHP Middle Tennessee State U
4. Phillies Gavin Floyd RHP Mt. St. Joseph HS, Baltimore
5. Rangers Mark Teixeira 3B Georgia Tech
6. Expos Josh Karp RHP UCLA
7. Orioles Chris Smith LHP Cumberland (Tenn.) U
8. Pirates John VanBenschoten 1B-OF Kent State U
9. Royals Colt Griffin RHP Marshall (Texas) HS
10. Astros Chris Burke SS U. of Tennessee
11. Tigers Kenny Baugh RHP Rice U
12. Brewers Mike Jones RHP Thunderbird HS, Phoenix
13. Angels Casey Kotchman 1B Seminole (Fla.) HS
14. Padres Jake Gautreau 3B Tulane U
15. Blue Jays Gabe Gross OF Auburn U
16. White Sox Kris Honel RHP Providence HS, New Lenox, IL
17. Indians Dan Denham RHP Deer Valley HS, Antioch, CA
18. Mets Aaron Heilman RHP U. of Notre Dame
19. Orioles Mike Fontenot 2B Louisiana State U
20. Reds Jeremy Sowers LHP Ballard HS, Louisville
21. Giants Brad Hennessey RHP Youngstown State U
22. D-Backs Jason Bulger RHP Valdosta State U
23. Yankees John-Ford Griffin OF Florida State U
24. Braves Macay McBride LHP Screven County HS, Sylvania, GA
25. Athletics Bobby Crosby SS Long Beach State U
26. Athletics Jeremy Bonderman RHP Pasco (Wash.) HS
27. Indians Alan Horne RHP Marianna (Fla.) HS
28. Cardinals Justin Pope RHP U. of Central Florida
29. Braves Josh Burrus SS Wheeler HS, Marietta, GA
30. Giants Noah Lowry LHP Pepperdine U


The Pittsburgh Pirates selected 21-year-old right-handed pitcher Bryan Bullington with the first overall pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. The 6'5", 225-pound hurler was ranked by Baseball America as having the best breaking ball and best command among all college pitchers.

In his three-year career at Ball State, Bullington posted a 29-11 record, 13 complete games and a 3.36 ERA in 46 games (42 starts). He is the university's all-time leader in strikeouts (357) and was a member of the 2001 USA National team. As a freshman, Bullington garnered all-conference honors and led the MAC in strikeouts. He was also named MAC Pitcher-of-the-Year for 2001 and 2002. Bullington set a MAC record in strikeouts and led the league in victories and ERA in 2002.

Other notable selections in the first round included Prince Fielder (Brewers), son of former Major Leaguer Cecil Fielder; and John Mayberry Jr. (Mariners), son of former Major Leaguer John Mayberry.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1. Pirates Bryan Bullington RHP Ball State U.
2. Devil Rays B.J. Upton SS Greenbriar Christian, Chesapeake, VA
3. Reds Chris Gruler RHP Liberty HS, Brentwood, CA
4. Orioles Adam Loewen LHP Fraser Valley Christian, Surrey, B.C.
5. Expos Clint Everts RHP Cypress Falls HS, Houston
6. Royals Zack Greinke RHP Apoka HS, Orlando
7. Brewers Prince Fielder 1B Eau Gaillie HS, Melbourne, FLA
8. Tigers Scott Moore SS Cypress (Calif.) HS
9. Rockies Jeff Francis LHP U. of British Columbia
10. Rangers Drew Meyer SS U. of South Carolina
11. Marlins Jeremy Hermida OF Wheeler HS, Marietta, GA
12. Angels Joe Saunders LHP Virginia Tech
13. Padres Khalil Greene SS Clemson U
14. Blue Jays Russ Adams SS-2B U. of North Carolina
15. Mets Scott Kazmir LHP Cypress Falls HS, Houston
16. Athletics Nick Swisher 1B-OF Ohio State U.
17. Phillies Cole Hamels RHP Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego
18. White Sox Royce Ring LHP San Diego State U.
19. Dodgers James Loney 1B-LHP Elkins HS, Missouri City, TX
20. Twins Denard Span OF Tampa Catholic HS
21. Cubs Bobby Brownlie RHP Rutgers U.
22. Indians Jeremy Guthrie RHP Stanford Univ.
23. Braves Jeff Francoeur OF Parkview HS, Lilburn, GA
24. Athletics Joseph Blanton RHP University of Kentucky
25. Giants Matt Cain RHP Houston HS, Germantown, TN
26. Athletics John McCurdy SS U. of Maryland
27. D-backs Sergio Santos SS Mater Dei HS, Hacienda Heights, CA
28. Mariners John Mayberry Jr. 1B Rockhurst HS, Kansas City
29. Astros Derick Grigsby RHP Northeast Texas, CC
30. Athletics Ben Fritz RHP Fresno State U.


The Tampa Bay Devil Rays selected Camarillo High School outfielder Delmon Young with the first overall pick.

Young (6-3, 205 pounds) batted .541 (33-for-61) with seven home runs, 28 RBI in 22 games as a senior this spring for Camarillo. He was named Baseball America's High School Player of the Year in 2002 and was one of only three juniors selected as first team 2002 All-Americans. He became the first junior to be named California State Player of the Year since Eric Chavez in 1995.

At the World Junior Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec, he helped lead Team USA to a bronze medal while batting .513 with a tournament-record eight home runs and 19 RBI in 38 at-bats.

The 17-year-old Young is the younger brother of Dmitri Young of the Detroit Tigers, who was an expansion draft pick of the Rays, but never played in the organization. They became the first set of brothers to be taken within the first five selections of the draft. Dmitri was the 4th player selected by the Cardinals in the 1991 draft.

Pitchers Ryan Wagner (Cincinnati), Chad Cordero (Montreal), David Aardsma (San Francisco) and infielder Rickie Weeks (Milwaukee) all reached the Major League level in less than a year.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1. Devil Rays Delmon Young RF Adolfo Camarillo HS
2. Brewers Rickie Weeks 2B Southern U A&M
3. Tigers Kyle Sleeth RHP Wake Forest U
4. Padres Timothy Stauffer RHP U Richmond
5. Royals Christopher Lubanski CF Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic
6. Cubs Ryan Harvey CF Dunedin HS
7. Orioles Nicholas Markakis OF Young-Harris College
8. Pirates Paul Maholm LHP Mississippi State U
9. Rangers John Danks LHP Round Rock HS
10. Rockies Ian Stewart 3B La Quinta HS
11. Indians Robert Aubrey 1B Tulane U
12. Mets Lastings Milledge CF Lakewood Ranch HS
13. Blue Jays Aaron Hill SS Louisiana State U
14. Reds Ryan Wagner RHP U of Houston
15. White Sox Brian Anderson CF U of Arizona
16. Marlins Jeffrey Allison RHP Veterans Memorial HS
17. Red Sox David Murphy CF Baylor U
18. Indians Bradley Snyder RF Ball State U.
19. D-backs Conor Jackson 3B U of California
20. Expos Chad Cordero RHP California State U.
21. Twins Matthew Moses 3B Mills E. Godwin HS
22. Giants David Aardsma RHP Rice U.
23. Angels Richard Wood SS Horizon HS
24. Dodgers Chad Billingsley RHP Defiance Sr. HS
25. Athletics Bradley Sullivan RHP U of Houston
26. Athletics Brian Snyder 3B Stetson U
27. Yankees Eric Duncan 3B Seton Hall Prep School
28. Cardinals Daric Barton C Marina HS
29. D-backs Carlos Quentin OF Stanford Univ.
30. Royals Mitchell Maier C U of Toledo


The San Diego Padres stayed close to home with the first overall pick of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, tabbing high school shortstop Matthew Bush from Mission Bay (CA) High School. Bush, the first high school shortstop taken first overall since the Seattle Mariners chose Alex Rodriguez in 1993, batted .450 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI and 12 stolen bases during his senior year. The 18-year-old helped lead the Buccaneers to two San Diego Section Division III championships in three years, setting state records for career hits (211) and runs scored (188) in the process.

Pitchers from Rice University were the most popular choices in the early going of the draft. Three Owl hurlers went among the top eight selections.

The 2004 amateur draft saw 31 players drafted whose fathers played professional baseball at some point in their career. One such player was the Pittsburgh's top pick, Neil Walker, the son of former Expos pitcher Tom Walker. In addition, two younger brothers of Major Leaguers went in the first round. The Angels selected Jered Weaver, brother of Dodgers right-hander Jeff. The Arizona Diamondbacks went with Stephen Drew, brother of J.D. and Tim.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1. Padres Matthew Bush SS Mission Bay HS
2. Tigers Justin Verlander RHP Old Dominion U.
3. Mets Philip Humber RHP Rice U.
4. Devil Rays Jeffrey Niemann RHP Rice U.
5. Brewers Mark Rogers RHP Mt. Ararat School
6. Indians Jeremy Sowers LHP Vanderbilt U.
7. Reds David Bailey RHP La Grange HS
8. Orioles Wade Townsend RHP Rice U.
9. Rockies Christopher Nelson SS Redan HS
10. Rangers Thomas Diamond RHP U New Orleans
11. Pirates Neil Walker C Pine Richland HS
12. Angels Jered Weaver RHP Long Beach State
13. Expos William Bray LHP College of William & Mary
14. Royals Billy Butler 3B Wolfson Senior HS
15. D-backs Stephen Drew SS Florida State U.
16. Blue Jays David Purcey LHP U of Oklahoma
17. Dodgers Timothy Elbert LHP Seneca HS
18. White Sox Joshua Fields 3B Oklahoma State U.
19. Cardinals Christopher Lambert RHP Boston College
20. Twins Trevor Plouffe SS Crespi Carmelite HS
21. Phillies Gregory Golson CF Connally HS
22. Twins Glen Perkins LHP U of Minnesota
23. Yankees Philip Hughes RHP Foothill HS
24. Athletics Landon Powell C U of South Carolina
25. Twins Steven Waldrop RHP Farragut HS
26. Oakland Richard Robnett CF Fresno State U.
27. Marlins Taylor Tankersley LHP U of Alabama
28. Dodgers Blake Dewitt 2B Sikeston HS
29. Royals Matthew Campbell LHP U of South Carolina
30. Rangers Eric Hurley RHP Wolfson Senior HS


The D-backs 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.

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 1st the same year. Zimmerman and Boston's Craig Hansen joined their Major League clubs in September 2005.

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.

1.D-backsJustin UptonSSGreat Bridge HSChesapeake, VA
2.RoyalsAlex Gordon3BUniv. of NebraskaLincoln, NE
3.MarinersJeffrey ClementCUniv. of Southern Cal.Marshalltown, IA
4.NationalsRyan Zimmerman3BUniv. of VirginiaVirginia Beach, VA
5.BrewersRyan Braun3BUniv. of MiamiGranada Hills, CA
6.Blue JaysRicardo RomeroLHPCal St. FullertonLos Angeles, CA
7.RockiesTroy TulowitzkiSSCal St. Long BeachSunnyvale, CA
8.Devil RaysWade TownsendRHPRice UniversityDripping Springs, TX
9.MetsMichael PelfreyRHPWichita State Univ.Augusta, KS
10.TigersCameron MaybinOFTC Roberson HSArden, NC
11.Pirates Andrew McCutchenOFFort Meade HSFort Meade, FL
12.Reds Jay BruceOFWestbrook HSBeaumont, TX
13.Orioles Brandon SnyderCWestfield HSCentreville, VA
14.Indians Trevor CroweOFUniv. of ArizonaAurora, CO
15.White Sox Lance BroadwayRHPTexas Christian Univ.Mansfield, TX
16.Marlins Chris. VolstadRHPPalm Beach Gardens HSPalm Beach Gardens, FL
17.Yankees C.J. HenrySSPutnam City HSOklahoma City, OK
18.Padres Cesar CarrilloRHPUniv. of MiamiHammond, IN
19.Rangers John MayberryOFStanford Univ.Overland Park, KS
20.Cubs Mark PawelekLHPSpringville HSSpringville, UT
21.Athletics Clift. PenningtonSSTexas A&M Univ.Corpus Christi, TX
22.Marlins Aaron ThompsonLHPSecond Baptist SchoolHouston, TX
23.Red Sox Jacoby EllsburyOFOregon St. Univ.Madras, OR
24.Astros Brian BogusevicLHPTulane Univ.Palos Heights, IL
25.Twins M. Albidrez-GarzaRHPFresno St. Univ.Fresno, CA
26.Red Sox Craig HansenRHPSt. John’s Univ.Glen Cove, NY
27.Braves Joseph DevineRHPNorth Carolina St. Univ.Junction City, KS
28.Cardinals Colby RasmusOFRussell County HSPhenix City, AL
29.Marlins Jacob MarceauxRHPMcNeese St. Univ.Jennings, LA
30.Cardinals James GreeneSSGeorgia Tech Univ.Plantation, FL


Pitching accounted for 18 of the 30 selections in the first round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, including the top choice, righthander Luke Hochevar, who was chosen by the Kansas City Royals. The University of Tennessee product pitched for the Fort Worth Cats of the Independent League after not reaching terms with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who selected him in the sandwich round (40th overall) of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

Six of the first seven picks and nine of the first 12 selections were pitchers. In addition to the 18 hurlers, seven outfielders, three third basemen and two catchers made up the rest of the first round.

The first six picks were from the college ranks. University of North Carolina pitchers Andrew Miller (6th overall, Tigers) and Daniel Bard (28th, Red Sox) and University of Texas teammates Drew Stubbs (8th overall, Reds) and Kyle McCulloch (29th, White Sox) went in the first round.

Detroit’s Miller would become the first player from the 2006 Draft to reach the Major Leagues. He debuted in relief during a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on August 30. He would make eight relief appearances for the Tigers during their pennant-winning season.

Kyle Drabek, the son of longtime Major League pitcher Doug Drabek, was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 18th pick.

1.RoyalsLuke HochevarRHPUniv. of TennesseeWray, CO
2.RockiesGreg ReynoldsRHPStanford Univ.Pacifica, CA
3.Devil RaysEvan Longoria3BCal. St. Long BeachDowney, CA
4.PiratesBrad LincolnRHPUniv. of HoustonClute, TX
5.MarinersBrandon MorrowRHPUniv. of Cal.-BerkleyRohnert Park, CA
6.TigersAndrew MillerLHPUniv. of North CarolinaEarleton, FL
7.DodgersClayton KershawLHPHighland Park HSDallas, TX
8.RedsDrew StubbsOFUniv. of TexasAtlanta, TX
9.OriolesBilly Rowell3BBishop Eustace PrepSewell, NJ
10.GiantsTim LincecumRHPUniv. of WashingtonBellevue, WA
11.D-backs Max ScherzerRHPUniv. of MO-ColumbiaChesterfield, MO
12.Rangers Kasey KikerLHPRussell County HSPhenix City, AL
13.Cubs Tyler ColvinOFClemson Univ.North Augusta, SC
14.Blue Jays Travis SniderOFJackson HSLynwood, WA
15.Nationals Chris MarreroOFMonsignor Edward Pace HSHialeah Gardens, FL
16.Brewers Jeremy JeffressRHPHalifax County Sr. HSSouth Boston, VA
17.Padres Matt Antonelli3BWake Forest Univ.Peabody, MA
18.Phillies Kyle DrabekRHP/SSThe Woodlands HSThe Woodlands, TX
19.Marlins Brett SinkbeilRHPMissouri State Univ.Sand Springs, OK
20.Twins Chris ParmeleeOFChino Hills HSChino Hills, CA
21.Yankees Ian KennedyRHPUniv. of Southern Cal.Huntington Beach, CA
22.Nationals Colton WillemsRHPJohn Carroll HSFt. Pierce, FL
23.Astros Maxwell SappCBishop Moore SchoolOrlando, FL
24.Braves John C. JohnsonOFA. Crawford Mosley HSPanama City, FL
25.Angels Hank CongerCHuntington Beach HSHuntington Beach, CA
26.Dodgers Avery MorrisRHPMotlow St. CCTullahoma, TN
27.Red Sox Jason PlaceOFWren HSEasley, SC
28.Red Sox Daniel BardRHPUniv. of North CarolinaCharlotte, NC
29.White Sox Kyle McCullochRHPUniv. of TexasFulshear, TX
30.Cardinals Adam OttavinoRHPNortheastern Univ.Brooklyn, NY


When 17 high school players were selected in the opening round of the First-Year Player Draft, it seemed as if the young would rule the two days at Disney World. But as the second day of the Draft unfolded, it became apparent that the new rules eliminating draft-and-follows as well those setting a firm signing date for draftees were having an impact on the proceedings.

When the 1,453rd and final pick was made, there were some significant changes in the approach to drafting high school players. For starters, there were only 476 prep players chosen, which represents the lowest total since 415 high school players were chosen in 1987. It was also only the second time in the past two decades that the number of high school players chosen dipped below 500.

There were 66 fewer prep players chosen than last year. In addition, high school players represented only 32.7 percent of those drafted, which is the lowest percentage since 32.8 percent of players chosen in 1987 came from the prep ranks.

1.Devil RaysDavid PriceLHPVanderbilt Univ.
2.RoyalsMichael MoustakasSSChatsworth HS
3.CubsJoshua Vitters3BCypress HS
4.PiratesDaniel MoskosLHPClemson Univ.
5.OriolesMatthew WietersCGeorgia Tech
6.NationalsRoss DetwilerLHPMissouri St. Univ.
7.BrewersMatthew LaPortaLFUniv. of Florida
8.RockiesCasey WeathersRHPVanderbilt Univ.
9.D-backsJarrod ParkerRHPNorwell HS
10.GiantsMadison BumgarnerLHPSouth Caldwell HS
11.Mariners Phillippe AumontRHPEcole Du Versant
12.Marlins Matthew Dominguez3BChatsworth HS
13.Indians Beau Mills1BLewis & Clark St. Col.
14.Braves Jason HeywardOFHenry County HS
15.Reds Devin MesoracoCPunxsutawney Area HS
16.Blue Jays Kevin AhrensSSMemorial HS
17.Rangers Blake BeavanRHPIrving HS
18.Cardinals Peter KozmaSSOwasso HS
19.Phillies Joseph SaveryLHPRice Univ.
20.Dodgers Christopher WithrowRHPMidland Christian HS
21.Blue Jays Jonathan ArencibiaCUniv. of Tennessee
22.Giants Timothy AldersonRHPHorizon HS
23.Padres Nicholas SchmidtLHPUniv. of Arkansas Fayetteville
24.Rangers Michael MainRHPDeland HS
25.White Sox Aaron PoredaLHPUniv. of San Francisco
26.Athletics Donald SimmonsRHPUC Riverside
27.TigersFredrick PorcelloRHPSeton Hall Prep School
28.TwinsBen RevereCGLexington Catholic HS
29.Giants Wendell FairleyCFGeorge County HS
30.Yankees Andrew BrackmanRHPNorth Carolina St. Univ.


Georgia high school shortstop Tim Beckham grabbed the top spot in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, but all 30 clubs went college heavy in the 50-round affair, and a record-tying 21 collegiate players were chosen in the first round -- an indication of what was to come. Only 485 prep players were selected out of the 1,504 names that were called, the 485 prep players drafted representing the second-lowest total in 21 years. High school players represented 32.2 percent of the players drafted, the lowest since 32.8 percent of the players selected in 1987 came from the prep ranks.

Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez was the obvious choice at No. 2 and, despite the prospect of a hefty bonus and the possibility of a Major League contract, the Pirates took him. For the third straight Draft, the Royals took a Boras-advised player with their first pick, selecting first baseman Eric Hosmer from American Heritage High School in Florida. The Giants took Buster Posey at No. 5 overall despite huge demands being floated in the hours prior to the Draft, and the Reds took Yonder Alonso at No. 7 because they believed he was the best player on their board, ignoring what many thought was a high price tag.

Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy made its presence felt, with two players selected in the first round (Kyle Skipworth, sixth to the Marlins) and Aaron Hicks (14th to the Twins) and two more in the compensation round.

1.RaysTim BeckhamSSGriffin HS
2.PiratesPedro Alvarez3BVanderbilt Univ.
3.RoyalsEric Hosmer1BAmerican Heritage HS (Fla.)
4.OriolesBrian MatuszLHPUniv. of San Diego
5.GiantsBuster PoseyRHPUniv. of Cal.-Berkley
6.MarlinsKyle SkipworthCPatriot HS (Calif.)
7.RedsYonder Alonso1BUniv. of Miami
8.White SoxGordon BeckhamSSUniv. of Georgia
9.NationalsAaron CrowRHPUniv. of Missouri
10.AstrosJason CastroCStanford
11.Rangers Justin Smoak1BSouth Carolina
12.Athletics Jemile Weeks2BUniv. of Miami
13.Cardinals Brett Wallace1BArizona St.
14.TwinsAaron HicksOFWilson, HS (Calif.)
15.Dodgers Ethan MartinRHPStephens County HS (Ga.)
16.Brewers Brett Lawrie3B/CBrookswood SS (B.C.)
17.Blue Jays David Cooper1BCalifornia
18.Mets Ike Davis1BArizona St.
19.Cubs Andrew CashnerRHPTexas Christian
20.Mariners Josh FieldsRHPUniv. of Georgia
21.Tigers Ryan PerryRHPUniv. of Arizona
22.Mets Reese HavensSSSouth Carolina
23.Padres Allan Dykstra1BWake Forest
24.Phillies Anthony HewittSSSalisburty School
25.Rockies Christian FriedrichLHPEastern Kentucky
26.D-Backs Daniel SchlerethLHPUniv. of Arizona
27.Twins Carlos GutierrezRHPUniv. of Miami
28.Yankees Gerrit ColeRHPOrange Lutheran HS
29.Indians Lonnie ChisenhallSSPitt CC
30.Red Sox Casey KellyRHP/SSSarasota HS (Fla.)


The Draft enjoyed its prime-time television debut in 2009, with the first round broadcast live from MLB Network's Studio 42, and expanded to a three-day affair for the first time. The excitement that built in the weeks leading into the Draft about presumptive first overall pick Stephen Strasburg, the San Diego State star, came to a peak when Commissioner Bud Selig announced that, indeed, the Washington Nationals had taken the 21-year-old wunderkind with that pick.

The first night was certainly not lacking in star power, as Commissioner Selig read off the names of the 32 first-round picks and a host of baseball luminaries -- including Hall of Famers Al Kaline, Billy Williams and the irrepressible Tommy Lasorda -- announced the rest of the picks. One of the night's highlights was the warm welcome afforded to New Jersey prep outfielder Mike Trout, who was on hand at Studio 42 with a host of family and friends. When the Angels took him with the 25th overall pick, the room erupted in cheers as he strode to the podium to receive his first Angels cap and jersey from Commissioner Selig.

The first round was a perfect split: 16 pitchers and 16 position players; 16 polished college products and 16 promising high school prospects. A total of 1,521 players were drafted and, again, nearly an even split: 765 pitchers, 756 hitters.

Second overall pick Dustin Ackley, regarded as the top college bat in the Draft, was taken by Seattle. Rounding out 2009's top five picks were: Five-tool outfielder Donavan Tate, the first high school player taken, who went third overall to San Diego; polished Boston College catcher Tony Sanchez, the No. 4 pick by Pittsburgh; and right-hander Matt Hobgood from Norco (Calif.) High School, the first high school pitcher off the board at No. 5 by Baltimore.

1.NationalsStephen StrasburgRHPSan Diego St.
2.MarinersDustin AckleyOFUniv. of North Carolina
3.PadresDonavan TateOFCartersville HS (Ga.)
4.PiratesTony SanchezCBoston College
5.OriolesMatt HobgoodRHPNorco HS (Calif.)
6.GiantsZack WheelerRHPEast Paulding HS (Ga.)
7.BravesMike MinorLHPUniv. of Vanderbuilt
8.RedsMike LeakeRHPArizona St.
9.TigersJacob TurnerRHPWestminster Christian Academy (Mo.)
10.NationalsDrew StorenRHPStanford Univ.
11.Rockies Tyler MatzekLHPCapistrano Valley HS (Calif.)
12.Royals Aaron CrowRHPFort Worth (American Assoc.)
13.Athletics Grant GreenSSUniv. of Southern Calif.
14.Rangers Matt PurkeLHPKlein HS (Texas)
15.Indians Alex WhiteRHPUniv. of North Carolina
16.D-Backs Bobby Borchering3BBishop Verot HS (Fla.)
17.D-Backs A.J. PollockOFNotre Dame
18.Marlins Chad JamesLHPOwasso HS
19.Cardinals Shelby MillerRHPBrownwood HS (Texas)
20.Blue Jays Chad JenkinsRHPKennesaw St.
21.Astros Jiovanni MierSSBonita HS (Calif.)
22.Twins Kyle GibsonRHPUniv. of Missouri
23.White Sox Jared MitchellOFLouisiana St.
24.Angels Randal GrichukOFLamar Consolidated HS (Texas)
25.Angels Mike TroutOFMillville HS (N.J.)
26.Brewers Eric ArnettRHPUniv. of Indiana
27.MarinersNick FranklinSSLake Brantley HS (Fla.)
28.Red SoxReymond FuentesOFFernando Callejo HS (PR)
29.Yankees Slade HeathcottOFTexas HS (Texas)
30.Rays LeVon Washington2BBuchholz HS (Fla.)