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2005 Draft
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Rank Name Pos B/T H/W NCAA/HS School/State Comments
-02 Hansen, Craig RHP R/R 6-5/185 College St. John's University Closer prospect with mid-90s heat & high-80s slider.
01 Adams, David 3B R/R 6-1/185 High School Grandview Prep (FL) Sweet-swinging IF that could play SS, 3B or 2B.
02 DeLaughter, Ryan RF R/R 6-4/215 High School Denton Ryan (TX) Strongly built & athletic RF prospect.
04 Ramos, Cesar LHP L/L 6-1/175 College Long Beach State Crafty lefty that carves up the strike zone
05 Rasmus, Colby CF L/L 6-2/185 High School Russell County (AL) Exciting 5-tool athlete that doubles as a LHP.
06 O'Sullivan, Sean RHP R/R 6-2/205 High School Valhalla (CA) Powerful & athletic 2-way star with a big bat & curveball.
07 Buck, Travis LF L/R 6-2/205 College Arizona State Pure-hitting OF with a good arm & speed.
08 Russell, Kyle RF L/L 6-5/180 High School Tomball (TX) Tall & strong RF with power potential.
09 Hochevar, Luke RHP R/R 6-5/205 College Tennessee Polished pitching prospect with good size & stuff.
10 Lowrie, Jed 2B S/R 6-0/185 College Stanford Productive 2B hitting third in the mighty Cardinal lineup.
11 Carte, Daniel RF R/R 6-0/190 College Winthrop 2004 Cape League MVP with a solid bat and speed
12 Maxwell, Justin CF R/R 6-5/225 College Maryland MLB pro-bodied centerfield prospect wtih exciting tools
13 Pennington, Cliff SS S/R 5-11/175 College Texas A&M Scrappy SS with solid offensive & defensive skills.
14 Johnston, Seth 2B R/R 6-3/200 College Texas Possible utility player down the road
15 Romero, Ricky LHP R/L 6-1/190 College Cal State Fullerton Electric lefty with good movement on his pitches.
16 Braun, Ryan 3B R/R 6-2/205 College Miami Potential 20/20 hitter at the hot corner.
17 McCutchen, Andrew CF R/R 5-11/170 High School Fort Meade (FL) Prototypical leadoff hitting CF with great speed.
18 Upton, Justin SS R/R 6-2/180 High School Great Bridge (VA) Special 5-tool talent with unbelievable tools.
19 Slone, John C R/R 6-2/195 College Miami (OH) Very good contact-hitting backstop with good speed.
20 Hernandez, Brian C R/R 6-0/210 College Vanderbilt Polished defender behind the plate.
21 Jackson, DeSean CF R/R 5-11/170 High School Long Beach Poly (CA) Extremely athletic player that stars as a WR.
22 Corley, Brad RF R/R 6-2/200 College Mississippi State Prototypical RF prospect with power arm, bat.
23 Bristow, Justin 3B R/R 6-4/205 High School Mills Godwin (VA) Athletic 2-way talent with powerful arm & bat.
24 Owings, Micah UT R/R 6-5/225 College Tulane Big, strong 2-way player that transferred from Georgia Tech.
25 Crowe, Trevor CF S/R 5-10/185 College Arizona Smaller, speedy, athletic CF/leadoff prospect.
26 Head, Stephen 1B L/L 6-2/220 College Mississippi Slick-hitting 2-way talent has more promise at the plate.
27 Bogany, Jarred CF R/R 6-3/200 High School George Bush (TX) Speedy centerfield prospect with promising bat.
28 Thomas, Clete CF L/R 5-11/205 College Auburn Polished, athletic outfielder & contact hitter.
29 Townsend, Wade RHP R/R 6-3/230 College Rice Former first-rounder that returned to Rice, for class, not baseball.
30 Putnam, Zach RHP R/R 6-2/205 High School Pioneer HS (MI) Polished & athletic prep righty that throws strikes.
  Notes-5/24/2005       notes archive
We're two weeks away from the draft, and the pieces are starting to fall in place. We're learning more about who is rising, who is falling, who is likely to attend college, who is signable, and who is not. Stephen Drew and Jered Weaver remain unsigned, although there are rumblings that both of them will sign before they are eligible to re-enter the draft. Some of the biggest risers include prep outfielder Jay Bruce, prep infielder/outfielder C.J. Henry, college outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and college righty Cesar Carrillo. The most notable players falling include two talented prep two-way players in Sean O'Sullivan and Zach Putnam. We're also hearing more and more about which teams are likely to select which players. The Diamondbacks sound like a lock to take Justin Upton #1 overall, which makes sense since Upton has been the #1 prospect for this year's draft since Justin's older brother B.J. was drafted second overall in 2002. There are rumors that the Royals may go cheap, with possible pre-draft deals involving Cliff Pennington or Cesar Carrillo. The Royals have done their best to dispel those rumors, which may point that they are indeed intent on drafting Alex Gordon. The Mariners are ready to take Upton or Gordon should one fall to them, otherwise they reportedly have fallen in love with Troy Tulowitzki. Ryan Zimmerman is the most popular name bounced around in conjunction with the Nationals. Which leaves Cameron Maybin the most likely choice for the Milwaukee Brewers, and it really is a perfect match given Jack Zduriencik's track record and insistence on taking the best player available with a specific interest on high-potential, multi-tooled players. The Brewers reportedly are willing and able to take either Upton or Gordon should one of them fall (although it's unlikely either one of them does), while they're also keeping their eyes on Troy Tulowitzki, Ryan Zimmerman, Ricky Romero, Ryan Braun, Jay Bruce and Maybin. While the first round seems to be falling in place, the Brewers don't have a 2nd round pick after signing Damian Miller this offseason, so that leaves us to projecting the team's 3rd round pick. Of course, that is an impossible task, but looking at the team's drafting history, keep an eye on Rio Hondo JC RHP Kenny Maiques, prep catcher Charlie Cutler, prep lefty Travis Wood, prep third baseman Josh Bell and prep outfielder Diallo Fon. Also given the Brewers interest in Canadians, especially as visa issues are expected to persist, keep an eye on college catcher Chris Robinson along with prep players RHP Ivan Rusova, SS Marcel Champagnie and 1B Nick Weglarz. Since family ties are always a big part of baseball, Dana Eveland's little brother Kyle and Rickie Weeks' little brother Jemile, a pair of prep infielders, are two more players to watch.

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