Re: 2005 Draft
1 (1) Justin Upton Arizona Diamondbacks INF/OF Great Bridge HS
(Consensus #1 pick is the brother of Devil Rays BJ Upton, #2 overall in 2002.) D-Backs take the top overall talent, will he stay in the infield or immediately go to CF? His bat is more advanced than his brother's at this stage of their development.
2 (2) Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals 3B Univ. of Nebraska
(Many wondered if Royals would go with a signability pick, instead of the best player at this spot. Gordon's tool set rates with the best in the nation.) Big time bat, solid defender, above average runner, and a gamer mentality. Gordon will be expected to move very quickly.
3 (3) Jeff Clement Seattle Mariners C University of Southern California
(Clement has beeen on the radar since he set a national home run record in high school.) Clement brings a solid combination of power from the left side of the plate and has good catch and throw skills. He plays everyday and plays hard.
4 (4) Ryan Zimmerman Montreal Expos 3B Univ. of Virginia
(Obviously the team name is Nationals, Rivals has not updated this system yet. In any case, Nationals have to be somewhat cost conscience.) Zimmerman is a solid baseball player but is perceived to be more affordable than some others who might otherwise go at this position.
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