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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A Conversation With Jim Callis, the Greatest MLB Mock Drafter Who Ever Was or Will Be

That 2005 draft had a couple huge hits — I count two MVPs and about half a dozen All-Stars in that first round — and some huge busts. Who from that draft panned out the way you expected and who surprised you, for better or worse?

That was probably the best draft in the past 10 years. I thought Jeff Clement was going to be a really good player. Mariners fans will hate hearing this, but that was one of the picks that changed at the last minute. … Up until that final weekend, the Mariners were really locked in on Troy Tulowitzki. That was going to be their guy.

If you’d told me that [Clement] wasn’t going to catch, I would’ve said OK, but if you told me he was never going to do anything offensively in the big leagues, that would’ve surprised me.

The other thing I remember too was Jacoby Ellsbury. It seemed like Jacoby Ellsbury, at least according to the information I had, was the second choice, from 15 to 22, for about five of those eight teams, but the guy they had rated higher got to them.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2014 at 12:38 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. eddieot Posted: June 05, 2014 at 11:37 AM (#4719631)
2005 First Year Player Draft, First Round:
1 Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks, OF, Great Bridge High School
2 Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals, 3B, University of Nebraska
3 Jeff Clement, Seattle Mariners, C, University of Southern California
4 Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals, 3B, University of Virginia
5 Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers, 3B, University of Miami
6 Ricky Romero, Toronto Blue Jays, LHP, Cal State Fullerton
7 Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies, SS, Long Beach State University
8 Wade Townsend, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, RHP, Rice University
9 Mike Pelfrey, New York Mets, RHP, Wichita State University
10 Cameron Maybin, Detroit Tigers, CF, T. C. Roberson High School
11 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates, CF, Fort Meade High School (FL)
12 Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds, CF, West Brook Senior High School
13 Brandon Snyder, Baltimore Orioles, C, Westfield High School
14 Trevor Crowe, Cleveland Indians, CF, University of Arizona
15 Lance Broadway, Chicago White Sox, RHP, Texas Christian University
16 Chris Volstad, Florida Marlins, RHP, Palm Beach Gardens Community High School
17 C.J. Henry, New York Yankees[Compensation 1, SS, Putnam City High School (OK)
18 Cesar Carrillo, San Diego Padres, RHP, University of Miami
19 John Mayberry, Jr., Texas Rangers, RF, Stanford University
20 Mark Pawelek, Chicago Cubs, LHP, Springville High School
21 Cliff Pennington, Oakland Athletics, SS, Texas A&M University
22 Aaron Thompson, Florida Marlins[Compensation 2], LHP, Second Baptist School
23 Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox[Compensation 3], CF, Oregon State University
24 Brian Bogusevic, Houston Astros, LHP, Tulane University
25 Matt Garza, Minnesota Twins, RHP, Fresno State University
26 Craig Hansen, Boston Red Sox[Compensation 4], RHP, St. John's University
27 Joey Devine, Atlanta Braves RHP, North Carolina State University
28 Colby Rasmus, St. Louis Cardinals[Compensation 5], CF, Russell County High School (AL)
29 Jacob Marceaux, Florida Marlins[Compensation 6], RHP, McNeese State University
30 Tyler Greene, St. Louis Cardinals, SS, Georgia Institute of Technology

First-round supplementals (#31-#48) included: Cesar Ramos, Travis Buck, Luke Hochevar, Clay Buchholz, Sean West, Jed Lowrie and Garrett Olson

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