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Recapping the 2005 MLB Draft: Who Were The Winners and Losers?

PHOENIX - APRIL 15:  Justin Upton #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats against the St. Louis Cardinals during the game at Chase Field on April 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Diamondbacks 12-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
KyleCorrespondent INovember 26, 2016

The 2005 MLB Draft class is regarded as one of the best in recent memory.  With six of the first seven picks being on MLB rosters today, there are almost no players that teams could've gone wrong with. 

What were some of the notable picks in the draft?  Let's check them out.

No. 1 - Arizona Diamondbacks - Justin Upton

Upton was the first overall pick of the draft.  Originally drafted a shortstop, Upton moved to center field because of the Diamondbacks' other shortstop, Stephen Drew. 

Upton is just 21 years old, and is the brother of Tampa Bay Rays' center fielder B.J. Upton. 

On August 2nd, 2007, Justin Upton made his MLB debut. At the age of 19, Upton didn't play much in the 2007 season.  In 2008, Upton played his first full season in the Big Leagues, hitting 15 home runs in 108 games. 

Looking at his frame, one would assume Upton is more of a speedy center fielder, but he has stolen only four bases in his 170-game career. 

 

Pick Grade

B.  Upton probably has the most unrealized potential out of anyone in the draft, and should be able to shine in Arizona.

 

No. 2 - Kansas City Royals - Alex Gordon

Gordon was the first collegiate player taken in the draft.  Out of the University of Nebraska, Gordon earned first-team All-American honors twice during his tenure in Lincoln, Neb.

He was named the best collegiate player by Baseball America, and was a member of the 2004 US National Team.  In Double-A Wichita, the third baseman hit 29 home runs and stole 20 bases in his first year with the Wranglers. 

Gordon, who has played two full seasons as a big-leaguer already, has a batting average of .250, but has hit 32 home runs and stolen 24 bases. 

Struggling at the beginning of the 2009 season, Gordon injured his right hip against the Yankees, and won't be back until around June.

 

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