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2004 Major League Baseball draft

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2004 Major League Baseball draft
General information
Date(s)June 7–8, 2004
1498 total selections
First selectionMatt Bush
San Diego Padres
First round selections41
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The 2004 Major League Baseball draft, was held on June 7 and 8. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams. The draft marked the first time three players from the same university were chosen in the first ten picks.

Source: 2004 Draft Tracker

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First round selections

Detroit selected Justin Verlander second overall. He is a 9x All-Star, 3x AL Cy Young winner, and the 2011 AL MVP. He has led the American League in: strikeouts 5x, wins 4x, and ERA 2x.
The Pirates selected Neil Walker 11th overall. He was named the 2014 Silver Slugger at second base.
The Angels selected Jered Weaver 12th overall. The 3x All-Star led the American League in wins twice.
Kansas City selected Billy Butler 14th overall. In 2012, the man known as "Country Breakfast" was named an All-Star and Silver Slugger at DH
The Twins selected Glen Perkins 22nd overall. Perkins is a 3x All-Star.
Player did not sign
Pick Player Team Position School
1 Matt Bush San Diego Padres SS Mission Bay High School (CA)
2 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers RHP Old Dominion
3 Philip Humber New York Mets RHP Rice
4 Jeff Niemann Tampa Bay Devil Rays RHP Rice
5 Mark Rogers Milwaukee Brewers RHP Mount Ararat High School (ME)
6 Jeremy Sowers Cleveland Indians LHP Vanderbilt
7 Homer Bailey Cincinnati Reds RHP La Grange High School
8 Wade Townsend Baltimore Orioles RHP Rice University
9 Chris Nelson Colorado Rockies SS Redan High School
10 Thomas Diamond Texas Rangers RHP University of New Orleans
11 Neil Walker Pittsburgh Pirates C Pine-Richland High School
12 Jered Weaver Anaheim Angels RHP Long Beach State University
13 Bill Bray Montreal Expos LHP The College of William & Mary
14 Billy Butler Kansas City Royals 3B Wolfson High School (FL)
15 Stephen Drew Arizona Diamondbacks SS Florida State University
16 David Purcey Toronto Blue Jays LHP University of Oklahoma
17 Scott Elbert Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Seneca High School (MO)
18 Josh Fields Chicago White Sox 3B Oklahoma State University
19 Chris Lambert St. Louis Cardinals RHP Boston College
20 Trevor Plouffe Minnesota Twins SS Crespi Carmelite High School
21 Greg Golson Philadelphia Phillies CF Connally High School (TX)
22 Glen Perkins Minnesota Twins[Compensation 1] LHP University of Minnesota
23 Phil Hughes New York Yankees[Compensation 2] RHP Foothill High School
24 Landon Powell Oakland Athletics[Compensation 3] C South Carolina
25 Kyle Waldrop Minnesota Twins[Compensation 4] RHP Farragut High School
26 Richie Robnett Oakland Athletics CF Fresno State University
27 Taylor Tankersley Florida Marlins LHP Alabama
28 Blake DeWitt Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 5] 2B Sikeston High School (MO)
29 Matthew Campbell Kansas City Royals[Compensation 6] LHP South Carolina
30 Eric Hurley Texas Rangers[Compensation 7] RHP Wolfson High School (FL)

Supplemental first round selections

The White Sox selected Gio González 38th overall. He is a two-time All-Star and led the NL in wins in 2012.
The Oakland Athletics selected Huston Street 40th overall. The 2x All-Star was named the 2005 AL Rookie of the Year.
Pick Player Team Position School
31 J. P. Howell Kansas City Royals[Compensation 8] LHP University of Texas at Austin
32 Zach Jackson Toronto Blue Jays[Compensation 9] LHP Texas A&M University
33 Justin Orenduff Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 10] RHP Virginia Commonwealth University
34 Tyler Lumsden Chicago White Sox[Compensation 11] LHP Clemson University
35 Matt Fox Minnesota Twins[Compensation 12] RHP University of Central Florida
36 Danny Putnam Oakland Athletics[Compensation 13] OF Stanford University
37 Jon Poterson New York Yankees[Compensation 14] C Chandler High School (AZ)
38 Gio González Chicago White Sox[Compensation 15] LHP Monsignor Edward Pace High School
39 Jay Rainville Minnesota Twins[Compensation 16] RHP Bishop Hendricken High School
40 Huston Street Oakland Athletics[Compensation 17] RHP University of Texas at Austin
41 Jeff Marquez New York Yankees[Compensation 18] RHP Sacramento City College

Compensation Picks

  1. ^ Pick from Seattle Mariners as compensation for signing of free agent Eddie Guardado
  2. ^ Pick from Houston Astros as compensation for signing of free agent Andy Pettitte
  3. ^ Pick from Boston Red Sox as compensation for signing of free agent Keith Foulke
  4. ^ Pick from Chicago Cubs as compensation for signing of free agent LaTroy Hawkins
  5. ^ Pick from New York Yankees as compensation for signing of free agent Paul Quantrill
  6. ^ Pick from San Francisco Giants as compensation for signing of free agent Michael Tucker
  7. ^ Pick from Atlanta Braves as compensation for signing of free agent John Thomson
  8. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Raul Ibanez
  9. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Kelvim Escobar
  10. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Paul Quantrill
  11. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Bartolo Colón
  12. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Eddie Guardado
  13. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Keith Foulke
  14. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Andy Pettitte
  15. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Tom Gordon
  16. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent LaTroy Hawkins
  17. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Miguel Tejada
  18. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent David Wells

Other notable selections

The Brewers selected Yovani Gallardo in the second round. Gallardo was an All-Star and Silver Slugger at pitcher in 2010
The Astros selected Hunter Pence in 64 overall. Pence is a 4x All-Star and won the World Series with the San Francisco Giants in 2012 and 2014.
Boston selected Dustin Pedroia in the second round. The 4x All-Star won the 2007 AL Rookie of the Year Award and 2008 AL MVP.
The Oakland Athletics selected Kurt Suzuki 67th overall. Suzuki was named a 2014 All-Star.
The Montreal Expos selected Ian Desmond in the 3rd round. He is a 2x All-Star and 3x Silver Slugger at shortstop.
The Astros selected Ben Zobrist in the 6th round. He is a 3x All-Star, 2x World Series champion and the 2016 World Series MVP.
The Brewers selected Lorenzo Cain in the 17th round. The 2x All-Star won a Gold Glove at outfield in 2019.
The Angels selected Mark Trumbo in the 18th Round. The 2x All-Star won the 2016 Silver Slugger for an outfielder when leading all of MLB in home runs.
Round Pick Player Team Position School
2 46 Yovani Gallardo Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Trimble Technical High School (TX)
2 50 Seth Smith Colorado Rockies Outfielder Ole Miss
2 61 Anthony Swarzak Minnesota Twins Pitcher Nova High School (FL)
2 64 Hunter Pence Houston Astros Outfielder Texas-Arlington
2 65 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox Shortstop Arizona State
2 67 Kurt Suzuki Oakland Athletics Catcher Cal State Fullerton
2 68 Jason Vargas Florida Marlins Pitcher Long Beach State

NFL players drafted


The San Diego Padres stayed close to home with the first overall pick of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, tabbing high school shortstop Matt 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.

Huston Street, drafted in the supplemental first round, was the first 2004 draftee to make the major leagues. Justin Verlander was the first 2004 draftee to be selected to an All-Star Game in 2007. Dustin Pedroia, drafted in the second round, was the first 2004 draftee to be selected to start an All-Star Game and the first to win a World Series championship and the first to win a League MVP Award.

Three members of the 2003 NCAA Champions Rice Owls pitching staff were selected within the first eight picks. The Baltimore Orioles could not reach an agreement with Wade Townsend leading to Tampa Bay drafting him in 2005.

Nick Adenhart, who was selected in the 14th round by the Anaheim Angels, was killed in a car accident a day after his only start of the 2009 season.

During the 2012 season, first round picks Philip Humber, Homer Bailey, and Jered Weaver threw no hitters (Humber's was a perfect game).

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