The 2005 MLB amateur draft is widely considered the best in recent memory. 25 of the 30 first round players made it to the big leagues with many being major contributors. As good as it was, and as well as it was scouted, let’s see how the 1st round would look if it were done today.
Original selection in parentheses.
1. Arizona Diamondbacks select RHP Tim Lincecum (42nd RD 1261st PK)
Yes, Tim Lincecum was drafted by the Indians but never signed. The 2 time Cy Young winner with a 58-29 career record and 3.03 ERA 1.18 WHIP gladly signs his name here as the 1st overall pick and gives the D’backs an ace for years.
2. Kansas City Royals select SS Troy Tulowitzki (1st RD 7th PK)
The Royals are ecstatic to land the best SS in the game in Tulowitzki. He brings defense, power, a high average and leadership to a young core.
3. Seattle Mariners select OF Ryan Braun (1st RD 5th PK)
The Mariners had the worst offense in recent memory last year and Braun is a guy who excels at the plate. He would be plugged into the 3 spot and put up 30 HR 100 RBI .300 AVG year after year.
4. Washington Nationals select C Gerald ‘Buster’ Posey (50th RD 1496th PK)
Posey was drafted by the Angels out of high school but decided to go to Florida State. The Nat’s get a kid who will compete for batting titles every year and calls an excellent game behind the plate. His leadership qualities and high baseball IQ remind some of Derek Jeter.
5. Milwaukee Brewers select OF Justin Upton (1st RD 1st PK)
The Brewers ‘settle’ for the original number 1 overall pick and get a 23 year old who is still refining his game. Upton is a 5-tool player who has 30HR/30SB .300 potential.
6. Toronto Blue Jays select LHP Ricky Romero (1st RD 6th PK)
The Blue Jays keep their original pick in Romero, a 26 year old lefty who is about to hit his peak. Romero is an innings eater with a big arm that can top out at 95mph. He also uses a slider, curve and changeup in his arsenal.
7. Colorado Rockies select 3B Ryan Zimmerman (1st RD 4th PK)
The Rockies lose Tulowitzki but get one of the best defensive 3rd baseman in the game who also happens to carry a big bat. You can count on 30-100-.300 from Zimmerman when healthy.
8. Tampa Bay Rays select RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4th RD 118th PK)
The Rays get the guy they originally drafted 3 rounds earlier. Hellickson is a power pitcher with great control. He was the 2010 Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year and adds to a great young pitching core.
9. New York Mets select LHP Jaime Garcia (22nd RD 680th PK)
The Mets need starting pitching badly and get a 24 year old lefty who is 17-9 2.83 ERA 1.30 WHIP over his 34 career starts. Garcia came out of nowhere last season and is silencing critics again this season by starting out 3-0 2.08 ERA 1.15 WHIP.
10. Detroit Tigers select 3B Alex Gordon (1st RD 2nd PK)
Gordon is finally starting to live up to expectations that originally made him the 2nd overall pick. He is hitting .337 on the year 12 2B and 16 RBI through 24 games. Gordon adds extra punch to a Tiger offense that already has good young pitching.
11. Pittsburgh Pirates select OF Andrew McCutchen (1st RD 11th PK)
The Pirates keep their original pick in McCutchen, a guy who has 30/30 potential and plays a solid centerfield. He hit 16 HR with 33 SB .286 AVG last season for the Pirates.
12. Cincinnati Reds select OF Jay Bruce (1st RD 12th PK)
The Reds get their original pick and have been patient on the promise of Bruce, a 6’4 lefty with major power. He hit .338 with 15 HR 29 RBI over his final 43 games last season and has 4 HR 11 RBI on the season so far.
13. Baltimore Orioles select 1B Justin Smoak (16th RD 491st PK)
Smoak was selected by the A’s but decided to attend South Carolina. The O’s get a 6’4 switch hitter with tons of power like Bruce. The 24 year old has found his groove this season by hitting .303 with 4 HR 17 RBI through 21 games.
14. Cleveland Indians select OF Colby Rasmus (1st RD 28th PK)
The Indians get a lefty with a lot of pop and some speed as well. Rasmus won’t be a high average hitter but should provide 25-30 HR a year to go along with 10-15 SB. He hit 23 HR to go along with 12 SB last year for the Cards.
15. Chicago White Sox select RHP Andrew Bailey (16th RD 475th PK)
The Sox are in dire need of a closer and Bailey owns a 1.70 ERA 0.91 WHIP over 132 career IP. Bailey has converted 88% of his saves (51/57) over his first 2 seasons.
16. Florida Marlins select 1B Gaby Sanchez (4th RD 126th PK)
The Marlins keep their pick in Sanchez who is a solid all around player. He has a good glove and should put up lines of .285-25-90 year in, year out.
17. New York Yankees select RHP Clay Buchholz (1st RD 42nd PK Supplemental)
The Yankees steal one from their rival and get Buchholz who went 17-7 2.33 ERA 1.20 WHIP last year for the Red Sox. Clay tossed a no-hitter in his 2nd major league start on September 1st 2007. He uses 5 pitches including a 4-seam fastball that tops out at 96mph.
18. San Diego Padres select OF Jacoby Ellsbury (1st RD 23rd PK)
The Padres add speed at the top of their order in Ellbury who stole 70 bases 2 years ago. He has shown some pop this season as well, hitting 4 HR with 15 RBI through 25 games.
19. Texas Rangers select OF Brett Gardner (3rd RD 109th PK)
Gardner will set the table for a potent Rangers line up and also plays a very good outfield. He stole 47 bases last year while scoring 97 runs for the Yankees.
20. Chicago Cubs select 2B Brett Wallace (42nd RD 1253rd PK)
Darwin Barney is having a fine season so far but Wallace has much more potential, His glove is a concern but his bat has never been. He is hitting .374 with 9 2B 1 HR and 9 RBI on the year and the Cubs add a left handed bat to the line up.
21. Oakland Athletics select LHP Brian Matusz (4th RD 133rd PK)
Matusz was drafted by the Angles but never signed. He is a strikeout pitcher who is still refining his game and hasn’t pitched this year because of a strained muscle. He fits in well with a good young rotation in Oakland.
22. Florida Marlins select OF Desmond Jennings (18th RD 544th PK)
The Marlins are always a young team and take the best minor leaguer available in Jennings. He is often compared to Carl Crawford because of his base stealing abilities. Jennings gets on base, plays a good center field and gives the Marlins elite speed at the top of the order.
23. Boston Red Sox select 3B Pedro Alvarez (14th RD 438th PK)
The Red Sox get an RBI machine in Alvarez, a 6’3 lefty who hit 16 HR with 64 RBI in 93 games last year for the Pirates. He strikes out a lot but carries gap to gap power that produces a lot of extra base hits.
24. Houston Astros select RHP Matt Garza (1st RD 25th PK)
The Astros need help in the rotation and Garza is a solid top of the rotation guy. He is a durable pitcher who will give you 200 IP and has 41 K over 31 IP this year for the Cubs.
25. Minnesota Twins select LHP Jonathan Niese (7th RD 209th PK)
Niese started out the year 6-3 3.61 ERA before hitting a wall last season to finish 9-10 4.20 ERA. He should be a middle of the rotation starter for the Twins.
26. Boston Red Sox select SS Yunel Escobar (2nd RD 75th PK)
The Red Sox get an upgrade at SS with Escobar, a kid with a good glove who hits for a high average and has great plate coverage.
27. Atlanta Braves select 1B/OF Yonder Alonso (16th RD 495th PK)
Alonso was drafted by the Twins but opted for college. He is a slugging lefty with gap to gap power who draws walks as well. With Freddie Freeman set at 1st base for the Braves, Alonso would play the OF for the Braves.
28. St. Louis Cardinals select RHP Mike Pelfrey (1st RD 9th PK)
Pelfrey had a breakout season in 2010 going 15-9 3.66 ERA for the Mets. He hasn’t started 2011 well, going 1-3 7.39 ERA, but gives the Cards a solid middle of the rotation starter who can give you 200 IP.
29. Florida Marlins select OF Austin Jackson (8th RD 259th PK)
Austin hit .293 with 181 hits, 103 runs, 34 2B and 27 SB last season for the Tigers. He slips here because of his plate discipline; 170/47 K/BB. He was an extremely lucky hitter last season and it is catching up to him this year as evidenced by his .178 AVG and 33 K in 26 games.
30. St. Louis Cardinals select OF Cameron Maybin (1st RD 10th PK)
With the last pick of the 1st round the Cardinals take Maybin, a 5-tool talent who was rushed to the big leagues too soon and is still figuring out major league pitching. He is beginning to show signs this year as he has 3 HR and 6 SB through 23 games but is hitting only .233 with 23 Ks. Maybin is the 14th original 1st round player selected.