2005 MLB Mock Draft

Predicting the draft picks is almost as difficult as predicting the eventual career paths of these prospects. These listings can, and will change on a week by week and even day by day basis. It is always fun to try to guess the expected player sequence, so let's give it a shot.


Ian Levin's 2005 Draft Projection



No. TEAM
SELECTION COMMENT
1
Arizona
D'Backs
(51-111
)
Justin Upton, SS - Chesapeake, VA
6-2/180 - Bats: R Throws: R
2004: .569, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 30 SB

With the high school season yet to begin, nothing has changed. It appears that salary demands or an injury are all that can knock him down at this point.

2
Kansas City
Royals
(58-104)

Alex Gordon, 3B -Nebraska
6-1/210 - Bats: L Throws: L
2004:
.267/.421/.533, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Gordon has gotten off to a slow start but judging the best hitter in the country after just 30 at-bats wouldn't be wise. Give him time and he'll find his way.

3
Seattle
Mariners
(63-99)
Cameron Maybin, OF - Asheville, NC
6-3/200 - Bats: B Throws: R
2004: .536, 8 HR, 41 RBI

Like Upton, Maybin's stock is unikely to change without him taking the field. He is still the wildcard of the draft.

4
Washington
Nationals
(67-95)
Mike Pelfrey, RHP - Wichita St.
6-7/215 - Bats: R Throws: R
2005: 2-1, 2.16 ERA, 25 IP, 24 K, 8 BB

Pelfrey's numbers thus far are very similar to those he posted last season. He will have a tough time breaking into the top 3, however.

5
Milwaukee
Brewers
(67-94)
Luke Hochevar, RHP - Tennessee
6-4/205 - Bats: R Throws: R
2005:
3-1, 0.32 ERA, 28 IP, 34 K, 4 BB

A few more starts like that and Hochevar could pass Pelfrey on many draft boards. He has been virtually perfect in his four starts so far, allowing just one run.

6
Toronto
Blue Jays
(67-94)
Jeff Clement, C - USC
6-1/205 - Bats: L Throws: R
2005:
.207/.410/.414, 29 AB, 1 HR, 9 RBI

Like Gordon, Clement needs to be given more time to overcome his slow start. His ranking can't be changed this week.

7
Colorado
Rockies
(68-94)
Wade Townsend, RHP - Rice
6-3/230 - Bats: R Throws: R
2004: 12-0, 1.80 ERA, 148 K, 45 BB

Since he can't help or hurt himself too much yet, his place in the draft depends on those around him. Without everyone in full swing yet, he stays in place.

8
Tampa Bay
Devil Rays
(70-91)
Tyler Greene, SS - Georgia Tech
6-2/190 - Bats: R Throws: R
2005:
.393/.500/.679, 28 AB, 0 HR, 5 RBI

The first change in the mock draft comes here with Tyler Greene. With Troy Tulowitzki's injury forcing him down, the Rays will stick with the position and grab Greene.

9
New York
Mets
(71-91)
John Mayberry, Jr, 1B - Stanford U.
6-5/230 - Bats: R Throws: R
2005: .311/.400/.492, 3 HR, 15 RBI

Mayberry has gotten off to an excellent start for Stanford showing solid power. If he can maintain this level, he will strengthen his stance as a top-10 pick.

10
Detroit
Tigers
(72-90)
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B - Virginia
6-3/210 - Bats: R Throws: R
2005: .422/.491/.511, 45 AB, 0 HR, 18 RBI

With Greene off the board, the Tigers will turn their attention to a promising bat in Ryan Zimmerman. His biggest question is his power potential but he eased those concerns with an impressive performance for Team USA.





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