2008 Major League Baseball draft

The 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft continued Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft of high school and college baseball players, and was held on June 5 and 6, 2008.

2008 Major League Baseball draft
General information
Date(s)June 56, 2008
1504 total selections
First selectionTim Beckham
Tampa Bay Rays
First round selections46

First round selections

* Player did not sign
Pick Player Team Position School
1 Tim Beckham Tampa Bay Rays Shortstop Griffin High School (GA)
2 Pedro Álvarez Pittsburgh Pirates Third baseman Vanderbilt
3 Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals First baseman American Heritage School (FL)
4 Brian Matusz Baltimore Orioles Left-handed pitcher San Diego
5 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants Catcher Florida State
6 Kyle Skipworth Florida Marlins Catcher Patriot High School (CA)
7 Yonder Alonso Cincinnati Reds First baseman Miami (FL)
8 Gordon Beckham Chicago White Sox Shortstop Georgia
9 Aaron Crow* Washington Nationals Right-handed pitcher Missouri
10 Jason Castro Houston Astros Catcher Stanford
11 Justin Smoak Texas Rangers First baseman South Carolina
12 Jemile Weeks Oakland Athletics Second baseman Miami (FL)
13 Brett Wallace St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman Arizona State
14 Aaron Hicks Minnesota Twins Outfielder Woodrow Wilson High School (CA)
15 Ethan Martin Los Angeles Dodgers Right-handed pitcher Stephens County High School (GA)
16 Brett Lawrie Milwaukee Brewers Catcher Brookswood Secondary School (Canada)
17 David Cooper Toronto Blue Jays First baseman California
18 Ike Davis New York Mets[Compensation 1] First baseman Arizona State
19 Andrew Cashner Chicago Cubs Right-handed pitcher TCU
20 Josh Fields Seattle Mariners Right-handed pitcher Georgia
21 Ryan Perry Detroit Tigers Right-handed pitcher Arizona
22 Reese Havens New York Mets Shortstop South Carolina
23 Allan Dykstra San Diego Padres First baseman Wake Forest
24 Anthony Hewitt Philadelphia Phillies Shortstop Salisbury School (CT)
25 Christian Friedrich Colorado Rockies Left-handed pitcher Eastern Kentucky
26 Daniel Schlereth Arizona Diamondbacks Left-handed pitcher Arizona
27 Carlos Gutiérrez Minnesota Twins[Compensation 2] Right-handed pitcher Miami (FL)
28 Gerrit Cole* New York Yankees Right-handed pitcher Orange Lutheran High School (CA)
29 Lonnie Chisenhall Cleveland Indians Shortstop Pitt Community College (NC)
30 Casey Kelly Boston Red Sox Right-handed pitcher Sarasota High School (FL)

Supplemental first round selections

Pick Player Team Position School
31 Steven Hunt Minnesota Twins[Compensation 3] Right-handed pitcher Tulane
32 Jake Odorizzi Milwaukee Brewers[Compensation 4] Right-handed pitcher Highland High School (IL)
33 Bradley Holt New York Mets[Compensation 5] Right-handed pitcher UNC Wilmington
34 Zach Collier Philadelphia Phillies[Compensation 6] Outfielder Chino Hills High School (CA)
35 Evan Frederickson Milwaukee Brewers[Compensation 7] Left-handed pitcher San Francisco
36 Michael Montgomery Kansas City Royals[Compensation 8] Left-handed pitcher Hart High School (CA)
37 Conor Gillaspie San Francisco Giants[Compensation 9] Third baseman Wichita State
38 Jordan Lyles Houston Astros[Compensation 10] Right-handed pitcher Hartsville High School (SC)
39 Lance Lynn St. Louis Cardinals[Compensation 11] Right-handed pitcher Ole Miss
40 Brett DeVall Atlanta Braves[Compensation 12] Left-handed pitcher Niceville High School (FL)
41 Ryan Flaherty Chicago Cubs[Compensation 13] Shortstop Vanderbilt
42 Jaff Decker San Diego Padres[Compensation 14] Outfielder Sunrise Mountain High School (AZ)
43 Wade Miley Arizona Diamondbacks[Compensation 15] Left-handed pitcher Southeastern Louisiana
44 Jeremy Bleich New York Yankees[Compensation 16] Left-handed pitcher Stanford
45 Bryan Price Boston Red Sox[Compensation 17] Right-handed pitcher Rice
46 Logan Forsythe San Diego Padres[Compensation 18] Third baseman Arkansas

Compensation picks

  1. Pick from Atlanta Braves as compensation for signing of free agent Tom Glavine
  2. Pick from Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as compensation for signing of free agent Torii Hunter
  3. Supplemental pick as compensation for signing of free agent Torii Hunter
  4. Supplemental pick as compensation for signing of free agent Francisco Cordero
  5. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Tom Glavine
  6. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Aaron Rowand
  7. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Scott Linebrink
  8. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent David Riske
  9. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Pedro Feliz
  10. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Trever Miller
  11. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Troy Percival
  12. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Ron Mahay
  13. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Jason Kendall
  14. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Doug Brocail
  15. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Liván Hernández
  16. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Luis Vizcaíno
  17. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Éric Gagné
  18. Supplemental pick as compensation for loss of free agent Mike Cameron

Other notable players

NFL players drafted


On September 9, 2008, Conor Gillaspie, the 37th pick in the 2008 draft, made his Major League debut, becoming the first from his draft class to do so. Buster Posey was the first 2008 draftee to play in post-season and eventually won the 2010 World Series, the 2012 World Series, and the 2014 World Series with the San Francisco Giants. Posey was also named 2010 NL Rookie of the Year,[2] and he won 2012 National League Most Valuable Player award and the 2012, 2014 & 2015 Silver Slugger awards.

2011 Rookie of the Year Craig Kimbrel was drafted 96th overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 3rd round.

Ryan Westmoreland, who the Boston Red Sox drafted in the fifth round, became one of the best prospects in baseball before having brain surgery twice to repair a cavernous malformation.[3]

Brothers Caleb and Corban Joseph were both chosen in the 2008 draft. The New York Yankees selected Corban in the fourth round, with the 140th overall selection, out of Franklin High School in Franklin, Tennessee, while the Baltimore Orioles drafted Caleb in the seventh round, with the 206th overall selection, out of Lipscomb University.[4]

West Virginia quarterback Pat White was drafted in the 49th round by the Cincinnati Reds, even though he had not played baseball since his senior year of high school in 2004, when he was drafted by the Anaheim Angels.

Negro Leagues Special Draft

Prior to the start of the draft, the League held a special round consisting of the surviving Negro leagues players to acknowledge and rectify their exclusion from the major leagues on the basis of race in the past. The idea of the special draft was conceived by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield.[5] Each major league team drafted one player from the Negro leagues. Notable in the draft were Emilio Navarro (who, at 101 years of age at the time of the draft, was believed to be the oldest living professional ballplayer) and Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, the first woman ever drafted.[6]

Player MLB Team Position Negro league Team(s)
Hubert Simmons Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Shortstop Kansas City Monarchs
Neale 'Bobo' Henderson Baltimore Orioles Pitcher/Outfielder Baltimore Elite Giants
Jim 'Fireball' Colzie Boston Red Sox Pitcher Indianapolis Clowns, Atlanta Black Crackers
Hank Presswood Chicago White Sox Shortstop/Third baseman Cleveland Buckeyes, Kansas City Monarchs
Otha "Li'l Catch" Bailey Cleveland Indians Catcher Birmingham Black Barons, Chattanooga Choo-Choos, Cleveland Buckeyes, Houston/New Orleans Eagles
Cecil Kaiser Detroit Tigers Pitcher/First baseman/Outfielder Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords
Ulysses Hollimon Kansas City Royals Pitcher Birmingham Black Barons, Baltimore Elite Giants
Bill 'Lefty' Bell Minnesota Twins Pitcher Birmingham Black Barons, Kansas City Monarchs
Emilio 'Millito' Navarro New York Yankees Shortstop/Second baseman/Third baseman Cuban Stars
Irvin Castille Oakland Athletics Shortstop Birmingham Black Barons
John Miles Seattle Mariners Third baseman/Outfielder Chicago American Giants
Walter Lee Gibbons Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Philadelphia Stars, New York Black Yankees, Indianapolis Clowns
Charley Pride Texas Rangers Pitcher Birmingham Black Barons, Memphis Red Sox
Harold Gould Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Philadelphia Stars
Bob Mitchell Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher Kansas City Monarchs
James 'Red' Moore Atlanta Braves First baseman Atlanta Black Crackers, Baltimore Elite Giants, Newark Eagles
Walt Owens Chicago Cubs Pitcher/First baseman Detroit Stars
Charlie Davis Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Memphis Red Sox
Mack 'The Knife' Pride Colorado Rockies Pitcher Memphis Red Sox, Kansas City Monarchs
Enrique Maroto Florida Marlins Pitcher Kansas City Monarchs
Bill Blair Houston Astros Pitcher Detroit Stars, Indianapolis Clowns
Andrew Porter Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Baltimore Elite Giants, Newark Eagles, Indianapolis Clowns, Cleveland Buckeyes
Joseph B. Scott Milwaukee Brewers First baseman/Outfielder Memphis Red Sox, New York Black Yankees
Robert Scott New York Mets Pitcher/First baseman Memphis Red Sox, New York Black Yankees
Mahlon Duckett Philadelphia Phillies First baseman/Second Baseman Philadelphia Stars, Indianapolis Clowns
James Tillman Pittsburgh Pirates Catcher Homestead Grays
'Prince' Joe Henry St. Louis Cardinals Second baseman/Third Baseman Philadelphia Stars, Indianapolis ClownsDetroit Stars
Walter McCoy San Diego Padres Pitcher Chicago American Giants, Kansas City Monarchs
Carlos Manuel Santiago San Francisco Giants Shortstop/Second baseman New York Cubans
Mamie 'Peanut' Johnson Washington Nationals Pitcher Indianapolis Clowns


  1. Brown, Maury (June 10, 2020). "MLB Draft Returns To ESPN For First Time Since 2008". Forbes. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  2. Haft, Chris (15 November 2010). "Posey catches NL Rookie of the Year honors". MLB.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. "Boston Red Sox – Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland's long road back from brain surgery – The Boston Globe". Boston.com. March 20, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  4. Strasinger, Mike (June 9, 2008). "Joseph brothers both selected in major league baseball draft". Nashville City Paper. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  5. Tim Brown, "Winfield's Brainchild Thrills Negro Leaguers", Yahoo! Sports, June 4, 2008
  6. 2008 Special Negro Leagues Draft. MLB.com. Retrieved on January 27, 2019.
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