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Encyclopedia > MLB Draft

The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft is held every year in June by conference call among the 30 Major League clubs. The clubs take turns selecting players in reverse order of their won-loss records at the close of the previous regular season for 50 rounds, or until all the teams pass on a player in one round. In 2005 and for the first time, the order of selection was without regard to League. The draft started in 1965. Major League Baseball logo, claiming fair use. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... A (sports) draft is the process by which professional sports teams select players not contracted to any team, often from colleges or amateur ranks. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


Of the major sports drafts in North America (i.e. professional basketball, baseball, football and hockey), the MLB Draft is the least followed by fans. The principal reasons for this are the draft's relative unreliability and its sheer size. Players who are picked early in the first round are not guaranteed to become stars, whilst players who are picked in the very late rounds can. The most notable example of this phenomenon is Mike Piazza, who was drafted in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft (1390th, and last, overall). The major professional sports leagues in North America (or in the United States specifically by some definitions) are those professional sports leagues with the largest fan bases and television audiences (and therefore, the largest revenues and player salaries). ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). ... Baseball is a team sport in which a player on one team (the pitcher) attempts to throw a hard, fist-sized ball within a zone over home plate while a player on the other team (the batter) attempts to hit the baseball with a tapered, smooth, cylindrical bat that can... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Major League Baseball Official Rules govern which players are eligible for selection in the draft. These rules are detailed, but the basic eligibility criteria can be described as follows: Generally, a player is eligible for selection if the player is a resident of the United States or Canada and the player has never before signed a major league or minor league contract. Residents of Puerto Rico and other territories of the United States are eligible for the draft. Also considered residents are players who enroll in a high school or college in the United States, regardless of where they are from originally. The Official Baseball Rules govern all professional play in the United States and Canada. ... Minor League Baseball, formerly the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues and also known in the past as NAPBL, National Baseball Association, and NA, is the organization which oversees the governing and organization of minor league baseball in North America. ... High school - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The term college (Latin collegium) is most often used today to denote an educational institution. ...


Certain groups of players are ineligible for selection, generally because they are still in school. The basic categories of players eligible to be drafted are:

  • High school players, if they have graduated from high school and have not yet attended college or junior college;
  • College players, from four-year colleges who have either completed their junior or senior years or are at least 21 years old; Junior college players, regardless of how many years of school they have completed; and
  • 21-year-old players.

A club generally retains the rights to sign a selected player until one week prior to the next draft, or until the player enters, or returns to, a four-year college on a full-time basis. A selected player who enters a junior college cannot be signed until the conclusion of the school's baseball season. A player who is drafted and does not sign with the club that selected him may be drafted again at a future year's draft, so long as the player is eligible for that year's draft. A club may not select a player again in a subsequent year, unless the player has consented to the re-selection. For the Indian grade 11 and 12 schools, see Junior College A junior college is a two-year post-secondary school whose main purpose is to provide a method of obtaining academic, vocational and professional education. ...


A player who is eligible to be selected and is passed over by every club becomes a free agent and may sign with any club, up until one week before the next draft, or until the player enters, or returns to, a four-year college full-time or enters, or returns to, a junior college. In the one-week period before any draft, which is called the "closed period," the general rule is that no club may sign a new player.


This description is a general one and the Major League Baseball Rules themselves, not this summary, govern eligibility issues. Players and coaches with questions about particular players are referred to the Baseball Operations Department at the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball.


See also

List of MLB first overall draft choices This is a list of Major League Baseballs first overall draft picks from the MLB Draft. ...


2005 Draft

The following is a chart showing the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft.

Round 1
Pick Player Team Position School
1 Justin Upton Arizona Diamondbacks Shortstop Great Bridge HS (VA)
2 Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals Third Baseman Nebraska
3 Jeff Clement Seattle Mariners Catcher USC
4 Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals Third Baseman Virginia
5 Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers Third Baseman Miami
6 Ricardo Romero Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher (L) Cal State Fullerton
7 Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies Shortstop Long Beach State
8 Wade Townsend Tampa Bay Devil Rays Pitcher (R) Rice
9 Michael Pelfrey New York Mets Pitcher (R) Wichita State
10 Cameron Maybin Detroit Tigers Center Fielder T C Roberson HS (NC)
11 Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates Center Fielder Fort Meade HS (FL)
12 Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds Center Fielder Westbrook HS (TX)
13 Brandon Snyder Baltimore Orioles Catcher Westfield HS (VA)
14 Trevor Crowe Cleveland Indians Center Fielder Arizona
15 Lance Broadway Chicago White Sox Pitcher (R) TCU
16 Christopher Volstad Florida Marlins Pitcher (R) Palm Beach Gardens HS (FL)
17 Carl Henry New York Yankees (from Phillies for Jon Lieber) Shortstop Putnam City HS (OK)
18 Cesar Carrillo San Diego Padres Pitcher (R) Miami
19 John Mayberry, Jr. Texas Rangers Right Fielder Stanford
20 Mark Pawelek Chicago Cubs Pitcher (L) Springville HS (UT)
21 Clifton Pennington Oakland Athletics Shortstop Texas A&M
22 Aaron Thompson Florida Marlins (from Giants for Armando Benítez) Pitcher (L) Second Baptist HS (TX)
23 Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox (from Angels for Orlando Cabrera) Center Fielder Oregon State
24 Brian Bogusevic Houston Astros Pitcher (L) Tulane
25 Matthew Albidrez-Garza Minnesota Twins Pitcher (R) Fresno State
26 Craig Hansen Boston Red Sox (from Dodgers for Derek Lowe) Pitcher (R) St. John's
27 Joseph Devine (PF) Atlanta Braves Pitcher (R) NC State
28 Colby Rasmus St. Louis Cardinals Compensation for Red Sox signing SS Edgar Renteria) Center Fielder Russell County HS (AL)
29 Jacob Marceaux Florida Marlins (from Yankees for Carl Pavano) Pitcher (R) McNeese State
30 James Greene St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop Georgia Tech

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