A Look Back at the 2005 MLB Draft

Which players were drafted 10 years ago and where are they now?

Take a look at any draft, no matter the sport, and there are going to be some people chosen in the top eight or 10 picks who never make it. In some years, the misses far outweigh the hits.

 

The 2005 MLB version didn’t fit that description. If you’re looking for a prime example of the exception to the draft rule, consider this episode. Six of the first seven and eight of the first 12 players picked became All-Stars. And we’re not talking just a bunch of one-and-dones for the Midsummer Classic. Five of the eight earned multiple berths. And three of the four players who didn’t gain that distinction enjoyed big-league careers. That’s a pretty good winning percentage for those doing the drafting.

 

It had hits elsewhere, but for sheer star power at the top, it’s tough to beat 2005.

 

1. Diamondbacks: Justin Upton, OF

Great Bridge (Va.) HS

’07-12, Arizona; ’13-14, Atlanta

A steady source of outfield power who has hit more than 25 homers in a season four times, Upton had his biggest year in 2011, when he hit .289 with 31 homers. Although he will strike out quite often (100-plus Ks in seven straight seasons), Upton is a big run-producer. Though not the superstar Arizona thought he would be when it drafted him No. 1 overall, Upton has delivered considerably.

All-Star Games: 2

 

2. Royals: Alex Gordon, 3B

University of Nebraska

’07-14, Kansas City

A cornerstone of the Royals’ rebuilding process that culminated in a trip to the 2014 World Series, Gordon is an all-around standout who has won four Gold Gloves and been a productive middle-of-the-order bat for K.C. A two-time All-Star, Gordon began as an infielder but settled in left field. He has hit 20 or more home runs twice and in 2011 led the majors with 51 doubles.

All-Star Games: 2

 

3. Mariners: Jeff Clement, C

USC

’07-08, Seattle; ’10, ’12 Pittsburgh

Clement’s abbreviated career was hampered by injury and poor production, as he managed just a .218 batting average as a part-time catcher, first baseman and DH. He bounced around the minors in between shortened MLB stints and never gained enough traction to become an everyday player. After spending September 2012 with the Pirates, he became a free agent, never reached the majors again and retired before the ’14 season.

All-Star Games: 0

 

4. Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

University of Virginia

’05-14, Washington

 A two-time Silver Slugger winner, Zimmerman personifies the Nationals like no other member of the organization. He has been part of the franchise since its move to D.C. and has been a stalwart at third base and in left field. Zimmerman has hit 25 or more homers four times and driven in 100 or more runs twice. In 2009, he hit .292, with 33 homers and 106 RBIs.

All-Star Games: 1

 

5. Brewers: Ryan Braun, 3B

University of Miami

’07-14, Milwaukee

The five-time All-Star and 2011 NL MVP has had a career that has featured triumph and controversy. One of baseball’s most accomplished sluggers, he was also suspended for the final 65 games of the ’13 season for PED use. He won the 2011 MVP award after hitting 33 homers and knocking in 111 runs. He was suspended for the first 50 games of the 2013 season for a positive urine test. He appealed, and the penalty was overturned on a technicality. He was caught again in 2013, and the charges stuck.

All-Star Games: 5

 

6. Blue Jays: Ricky Romero, LHP

Cal State Fullerton

’09-13, Toronto

After a blazing start to his career over the first three seasons, Romero’s fortunes faded, as poor performance and injury removed him from the majors. He won 42 games from ’09-11 and was 15–11 in 2011 with a 2.92 ERA and 178 strikeouts, a performance that earned him an All-Star invite. But he became increasingly ineffective after that and spent 2014 in the minors and on the DL, due to a knee injury.

All-Star Games: 1

 

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7. Rockies: Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Long Beach State

’06-14, Colorado

One of the premier infield talents in the majors, “Tulo” combines the ability to hit for power and average with excellent fielding that has earned him a pair of Gold Gloves. A four-time All-Star, Tulowitzki has topped 30 homers twice and has batted over .300 four times. But injuries have limited his production over the past three years, and he missed a total of 222 games from 2012-14.

All-Star Games: 4

 

8. Devil Rays: Wade Townsend, RHP

Rice

Townsend was drafted by Baltimore in 2004 but couldn’t agree to terms and returned to finish his degree at Rice before entering the draft again in ’05. A rare miss by Tampa Bay, he never climbed higher than AA ball and posted a 7–21 record in five minor league seasons. He was plagued by injury during his time in the minors and underwent Tommy John surgery and a procedure to repair a torn labrum.

All-Star Games: 0

 

9. Mets: Mike Pelfrey, RHP

Wichita State

’06-12, New York Mets; ’13-14, Minnesota

At one point, Pelfrey was considered a linchpin of the Mets’ rotation, and his 15–9 record in 2010 was proof of that. For four seasons, he was a fixture among the team’s starting pitchers, but after a 7–13 performance in 2011, Pelfrey underwent Tommy John surgery and missed almost all of the ’12 campaign. He has spent the past two years with Minnesota, but elbow, groin and shoulder injuries limited him to just five starts last season.

All-Star Games: 0

 

10. Tigers: Cameron Maybin, CF

T.C. Roberson (N.C.) HS

’07, Detroit; ’08-10, Florida; ’11-14, San Diego

With a blend of speed and size, Maybin was considered the perfect outfield prospect. But during his eight years in the majors, he has not delivered on his substantial promise. Maybin has had his moments, like when he stole a total of 66 bases in 2011-12 for the Padres. But his highest batting average for a season has been .264, and he has spent just two campaigns (’11-12) as a full-time outfielder.

All-Star Games: 0

 

11. Pirates: Andrew McCutchen, CF

Fort Meade (Fla.) HS

’09-14, Pittsburgh

The four-time All-Star was voted NL Most Valuable Player in 2013 and has become one of the majors’ top all-around players. McCutchen’s blend of speed, power and the ability to hit for average has made him a catalyst in the Pirates’ recent run to the postseason. McCutchen has hit above .300 for the past three years, and in 2012 he smacked a career-high 31 homers. That year, he also won his first Gold Glove.

All-Star Games: 4

 

12. Reds: Jay Bruce, CF

West Brook (Texas) Senior HS

’08-14, Cincinnati

A two-time All-Star and Silver Slugger winner, Bruce has been a steady power producer for the Reds, hitting at least 20 homers in each of his first six years in the league and at least 30 from 2011-13. A torn meniscus hurt his production in 2014, but Bruce remained a formidable presence in the middle of the Cincinnati lineup. In 2012, Bruce had a slugging percentage of .514, and the next season he drove in a career-high 109 runs.

All-Star Games: 2

 

13. Orioles: Brandon Snyder, C

Westfield (Va.) HS

’10-11, Baltimore; ’12, Texas; ’13, Boston

It took Snyder five years to reach the majors, and he hasn’t been able to find a regular job during the parts of four years he has been on big-league clubs. Snyder has spent time at catcher, first and third but was never a full-time member of a team. He signed a minor league contract with Boston before the 2014 season but never reached the big leagues, instead playing 35 games in AAA and hitting .206 with eight homers.

All-Star Games: 0

 

14. Indians: Trevor Crowe, CF

University of Arizona

’09-11, Cleveland; ’13, Houston

For a while, it looked as if Crowe was headed for a spot in the Cleveland outfield. After making his big-league debut in 2009, he played in 122 games, hitting .251, with 24 doubles. But Crowe lasted in Cleveland for just 15 games the next season and was out of the majors in 2012. He played 60 games for the Astros in 2013 but hit only .218, and after signing a contract with Detroit in 2014 was cut loose in July.

All-Star Games: 0

 

15. White Sox: Lance Broadway, RHP

TCU

’07-09, Chicago White Sox; ’09, New York Mets

After pitching a total of 27 games — with two starts — and compiling a 2–2 record with a 5.24 ERA in three seasons with the White Sox and Mets, Broadway was out of the majors. He made 20 starts for the Blue Jays’ AAA team in 2010 and went 3–11, in the conclusion of his professional pitching career. Broadway has since taken up acting.

All-Star Games: 0

 

16. Marlins: Chris Volstad, RHP

Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Community HS

’08-11, Florida; ’12, Chicago Cubs; ’13, Colorado

Although Volstad only had one year with a winning record as a starter, he did make 102 starts from ’08-11 with the Marlins and went 12–9 in 2010. He became a free agent after the 2011 campaign and was signed by the Cubs, for whom he went 3–12. Volstad appeared in six games for the Rockies in ’13 but failed to register a decision. He spent the 2013 and ’14 seasons in the minors and had 17 starts in the Korean Baseball Organization.

All-Star Games: 0

 

17. Yankees: C.J. Henry, SS

Putnam City (Okla.) HS

There are those who believe Henry should have stuck with his other sport, basketball, for which he was highly recruited. His brother, Xavier, plays in the NBA, but C.J. never made it to the Show. In fact, he didn’t escape High-A ball. He struggled in the field and at the plate and was out of the minors after 2008. He played in the Frontier League in 2013 but didn’t compete in ’14.

All-Star Games: 0

 

18. Padres: Cesar Carrillo, RHP

University of Miami

’09, San Diego

The total of Carrillo’s MLB experience is three starts for the Padres in 2009 — a 1–2 record with a ghastly 13.60 ERA and 16 hits allowed in 10.1 innings pitched. He has spent 10 years in the minors, the last two in independent ball. He was implicated in the Biogenesis scandal in 2012 and was suspended for 100 games. Though Arizona signed him to a contract in early 2014, he couldn’t hang with the team.

All-Star Games: 0

 

19. Rangers: John Mayberry Jr., RF

Stanford

’09-14, Philadelphia; ’14, Toronto

Son and namesake of the former Royals slugger, Mayberry never displayed the necessary consistency to warrant a full-time starting position. Mayberry spent five-plus seasons with the Phillies as a reserve, going on occasional short binges that would tantalize before reverting to his inconsistent form. He hit 15 homers in 2011 and 14 in ’12 but wasn’t able to drive the ball on a regular basis. Philadelphia traded him to the Jays in a waiver deal on Aug. 31, 2014.

All-Star Games: 0

 

20. Cubs: Mark Pawelek, LHP

Springville (Utah) HS

The lefty never climbed higher than High-A ball during his five years with MLB organizations and topped out at three wins during that time. His final season was 2010, when he made three starts for Gateway of the Frontier League. In 2013, he pitched for Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

All-Star Games: 0

 

21. A’s: Cliff Pennington, SS

Texas A&M

’08-12, Oakland; ’13-14, Arizona

Pennington spent most of three years (’10-12) as the A’s regular shortstop and hit a career-high .264 with 26 doubles in 2011. He was traded to Arizona following the ’12 campaign, after losing his starting job and has been a reserve middle infielder for the D-backs the last two seasons.

All-Star Games: 0

 

22. Marlins: Aaron Thompson, LHP

Second Baptist (Texas) School

’11, Pittsburgh; ’14, Minnesota

Thompson had a strong beginning to his professional career and was named a South Atlantic League All-Star at one point, but his pitching record during five years in the Marlins’ system was 22–34. He pitched in four games for the Pirates in 2011, making one start, and threw seven times for the Twins last year with a 2.45 ERA and six strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched.

All-Star Games: 0

 

23. Red Sox: Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

Oregon State

’07-13, Boston; ’14, N.Y. Yankees

A strong all-around player with good speed, a quick bat and excellent glove, Ellsbury is a former All-Star who can create trouble for opposing teams with his bat and on the basepaths. He has led the AL in steals three times, including a career-high 70 in ’09. In 2011, Ellsbury was the runner-up in the MVP voting, thanks to a .321 average, 32 homers and 105 RBIs. After the 2013 season, he signed a seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees.

All-Star Games: 1

 

24. Astros: Brian Bogusevic, LHP

Tulane

‘10-12, Houston; ’13 Chicago Cubs

Although Bogusevic was drafted as a pitcher and spent three-plus years in Houston’s system as a hurler, he was converted to the outfield in ’08. He hit .287 with the Astros as a part-time outfielder in 2011 and was a starter in ’12 but hit only .203. After spending part of 2013 with the Cubs, he was in the minors for all of ’14 and signed a minor league deal with the Phillies after the season.

All-Star Games: 0

 

25. Twins: Matt Garza, RHP

Fresno State

’06-07, Minnesota; ’08-10, Tampa Bay; ’11-13, Chicago Cubs; ’13, Texas;  ’14, Milwaukee

A starting pitcher who has posted a 75–75 record during his big-league career, Garza bounced among four teams before signing a four-year, $50 million deal with the Brewers before the ’14 season. Garza’s finest season came in 2010, when he went 15–10 with a 3.91 ERA for Tampa Bay. Garza struck out 197 hitters in 2011 with the Cubs and has twice logged more than 200 innings in a season.

All-Star Games: 0

 

26. Red Sox: Craig Hansen, RHP

St. John’s

’05-06, ’08 Boston; ’08, ’08-09, Pittsburgh

Although Hansen had a stretch with the Red Sox during which he appeared in 70 games during parts of two seasons, he never became a reliable reliever, and his career was waylaid by sleep apnea and a weakening of the arm that ended his time in professional baseball. In four seasons, Hansen posted three saves and had an ERA of 6.34.

All-Star Games: 0

 

27. Braves: Joey Devine, RHP

NC State

’05-07, Atlanta; ’08, ’11, Oakland

If Devine had not had to endure two Tommy John surgeries, he might have become one of the majors’ top relievers. But he missed 2009 and ’10, and after a solid 2011, had to go under the knife again.

All-Star Games: 0

 

28. Cardinals: Colby Rasmus, CF

Russell County (Ala.) HS

’09-11, St. Louis; ’11-14, Toronto

Rasmus has been a steady outfield producer for the Cards and Jays, although he has never had a breakout season. After a lackluster 2014 (.225 average, 18 HR, 40 RBI), Rasmus became a free agent.

All-Star Games: 0

 

29. Marlins: Jacob Marceaux, RHP

McNeese State

In six professional seasons, Marceaux never reached the majors. He rose as high as AA ball, and in 2008 was 4–1 as a reliever with the Marlins’ Carolina affiliate. Marceaux began as a starter but couldn’t develop consistency.

All-Star Games: 0

 

30. Cardinals: Tyler Greene, SS

Georgia Tech

’09-12, St. Louis; ’12, Houston; ’13, Chicago White Sox

A utility infielder who saw action with three teams over five seasons, Greene never became a consistent starter. His greatest activity came in 2012, when he played 77 games with the Cardinals.

All-Star Games: 0

 

Other Notable Selections

 

Luke Hochevar, RHP

Dodgers (Round 1 – Supplemental) • University of Tennessee

Hochevar didn’t sign with the Dodgers, spending a year in an independent league. He was then taken No. 1 overall the following season by Kansas City.

 

Clay Buchholz, RHP

Red Sox (Round 1 – Supplemental) • Angelina (Texas) College

A two-time All-Star, Buchholz has become a fixture on the Red Sox starting staff, amassing a 66–44 record in eight seasons.

 

Jed Lowrie, 2B

Red Sox (Round 1 – Supplemental) • Stanford

After spending five seasons as a part-timer with Boston and Houston, Lowrie spent 2013-14 starting for Oakland and hit .290 in 2013. He signed a three-year deal with the Astros in December.

 

Chase Headley, 3B/OF

Padres (Round 2) • University of Tennessee

Headley hasn’t been a star throughout his nine years with San Diego and the Yankees, but in 2012, he won a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and led the NL with 115 RBIs. He signed a four-year deal with the Yankees in the offseason.

 

Yunel Escobar, SS

Braves (Round 2) • Martires de Barbodos (Cuba) HS

Escobar has not earned an All-Star berth during his time with Atlanta, Toronto and Tampa Bay, but he has been steady in the field and reliable at the plate.

 

Brett Gardner, OF

Yankees (Round 3) • College of Charleston

Gardner has been a fixture in the New York outfield for the past five years. He led the AL in steals (49) in 2011 and in triples (10) in ’13.

 

Jeremy Hellickson, RHP

Devil Rays (Round 4) • Hoover (IA) HS

Although Hellickson was laid low by elbow surgery before the 2014 season, he had been a big part of the Tampa Bay rotation from 2011-13, when he won 35 games. He was traded to Arizona after the ’14 campaign.

 

Marco Estrada, RHP

Nationals (Round 6) • Long Beach State

Estrada bounced between the starting rotation and the bullpen during his seven seasons with the Nats and Brewers. The hard thrower was dealt to Toronto in the offseason.

 

Michael Brantley, OF

Brewers (Round 7) • Central (Fla.) HS

In his sixth big-league season, Brantley had his best year, posting 20 home runs, 97 RBIs and a .327 batting average for Cleveland, a performance that earned him an All-Star berth and a third-place finish in the American League MVP voting.

 

Will Venable, OF

Padres (Round 7) • Princeton

Venable has demonstrated the ability to play all three outfield positions during his seven years with San Diego, including the last five as a starter. In 2013, he slugged 22 homers.

 

Austin Jackson, CF

Yankees (Round 8) • Billy Ryan (Texas) HS

Jackson has led the AL in triples twice during his five years in the big leagues and has played well in the field. The runner-up in the 2010 Rookie of the Year balloting, Jackson was traded by Detroit to Seattle during the 2014 season.

 

Logan Morrison, LF/1B

Marlins (Round 22) • Northshore (La.) HS

Morrison has proven to be a valuable outfielder and first baseman, first for the Marlins, for whom he hit 23 homers in 2011, and most recently for Seattle.

 

Tommy Hanson, RHP

Braves (Round 22) • Riverside (Calif.) Community College

From 2009-12, Hanson was a solid contributor to the Braves’ rotation, winning a total of 45 games. But injuries have detoured him and limited his MLB starts to 13 over the past two years.

 

Jaime Garcia, LHP

Cardinals (Round 22) • Sharyland (Texas) HS

During his first two full years in the majors, Garcia looked like a potential ace and won 26 games. Since then, shoulder problems have limited him greatly and cast doubt over his future.

 

Sergio Romo, RHP

Giants (Round 28) • Colorado Mesa University

Romo has become a valuable part of the Giants’ success and is one of the top closers in the majors. In 2013, he earned an All-Star berth on the way to 38 saves.

 

— Written by Michael Bradley for Athlon Sports

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