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The 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 7 and 8. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams. The draft marked the first time three players from the same university were chosen in the first ten picks.

Source: 2004 Draft Tracker


First Round Selections

= All-Star
Pick Player Team Position School
1 Matt Bush San Diego Padres SS Mission Bay High School
2 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers RHP Old Dominion
3 Philip Humber New York Mets RHP Rice University
4 Jeff Niemann Tampa Bay Devil Rays RHP Rice University
5 Mark Rogers Milwaukee Brewers RHP Mount Ararat High School (ME)
6 Jeremy Sowers Cleveland Indians LHP Vanderbilt University
7 Homer Bailey Cincinnati Reds RHP La Grange High School
8 Wade Townsend Baltimore Orioles RHP Rice University
9 Chris Nelson Colorado Rockies SS Redan High School
10 Thomas Diamond Texas Rangers RHP University of New Orleans
11 Neil Walker Pittsburgh Pirates C Pine-Richland High School
12 Jered Weaver Anaheim Angels RHP Long Beach State University
13 Bill Bray Montreal Expos LHP The College of William & Mary
14 Billy Butler Kansas City Royals 3B Samuel W. Wolfson High School (FL)
15 Stephen Drew Arizona Diamondbacks SS Florida State University
16 David Purcey Toronto Blue Jays LHP University of Oklahoma
17 Scott Elbert Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Seneca High School (MO)
18 Josh Fields Chicago White Sox 3B Oklahoma State University
19 Chris Lambert St. Louis Cardinals RHP Boston College
20 Trevor Plouffe Minnesota Twins SS Crespi Carmelite High School
21 Greg Golson Philadelphia Phillies CF Connally High School (TX)
22 Glen Perkins Minnesota Twins LHP University of Minnesota
23 Philip Hughes New York Yankees RHP Foothill High School
24 Landon Powell Oakland Athletics C University of South Carolina
25 Kyle Waldrop Minnesota Twins RHP Farragut High School
26 Richard Robnett Oakland Athletics CF Fresno State University
27 Taylor Tankersley Florida Marlins LHP University of Alabama
28 Blake DeWitt Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Sikeston High School (MO)
29 Matthew Campbell Kansas City Royals LHP University of South Carolina
30 Eric Hurley Texas Rangers RHP Samuel W. Wolfson High School (FL)


The San Diego Padres stayed close to home with the first overall pick of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, tabbing high school shortstop Matt Bush from Mission Bay (CA) High School. Bush, the first high school shortstop taken first overall since the Seattle Mariners chose Alex Rodriguez in 1993, batted .450 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI and 12 stolen bases during his senior year. The 18-year-old helped lead the Buccaneers to two San Diego Section Division III championships in three years, setting state records for career hits (211) and runs scored (188) in the process.

Huston Street, drafted in the supplemental first round, was the first 2004 draftee to make the major leagues. Justin Verlander was the first 2004 draftee to be selected to an All-Star Game in 2007. Dustin Pedroia, drafted in the second round, was the first 2004 draftee to be selected to start an All-Star Game and the first to win a World Series championship and the first to win a League MVP Award. Current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was selected in the 34th round by the Oakland Athletics.

Nick Adenhart, who was selected in the 14th round by the Anaheim Angels, was the first member of this draft class to die, as he was killed in a car accident a day after his only start of the 2009 season.

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Past And Future Drafts

Preceded by
Delmon Young
1st Overall Picks
Matt Bush
Succeeded by
Justin Upton


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