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: MLB.com 2004 Draft Tracker
|2004 Major League Baseball draft|
|Date(s)||June 7–8, 2004|
|1498 total selections|
|First selection||Matt Bush|
San Diego Padres
|First round selections||41|
|Player did not sign|
|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[Compensation 1]||LHP||University of Minnesota|
|23||Phil Hughes||New York Yankees[Compensation 2]||RHP||Foothill High School|
|24||Landon Powell||Oakland Athletics[Compensation 3]||C||University of South Carolina|
|25||Kyle Waldrop||Minnesota Twins[Compensation 4]||RHP||Farragut High School|
|26||Richie Robnett||Oakland Athletics||CF||Fresno State University|
|27||Taylor Tankersley||Florida Marlins||LHP||University of Alabama|
|28||Blake DeWitt||Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 5]||2B||Sikeston High School (MO)|
|29||Matthew Campbell||Kansas City Royals[Compensation 6]||LHP||University of South Carolina|
|30||Eric Hurley||Texas Rangers[Compensation 7]||RHP||Samuel W. Wolfson High School (FL)|
|31||J. P. Howell||Kansas City Royals[Compensation 8]||LHP||University of Texas at Austin|
|32||Zach Jackson||Toronto Blue Jays[Compensation 9]||LHP||Texas A&M University|
|33||Justin Orenduff||Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 10]||RHP||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|34||Tyler Lumsden||Chicago White Sox[Compensation 11]||LHP||Clemson University|
|35||Matt Fox||Minnesota Twins[Compensation 12]||RHP||University of Central Florida|
|36||Danny Putnam||Oakland Athletics[Compensation 13]||OF||Stanford University|
|37||Jon Poterson||New York Yankees[Compensation 14]||C||Chandler High School (AZ)|
|38||Gio González||Chicago White Sox[Compensation 15]||LHP||Monsignor Edward Pace High School|
|39||Jay Rainville||Minnesota Twins[Compensation 16]||RHP||Bishop Hendricken High School|
|40||Huston Street||Oakland Athletics[Compensation 17]||RHP||University of Texas at Austin|
|41||Jeff Marquez||New York Yankees[Compensation 18]||RHP||Sacramento City College|
|2||46||Yovani Gallardo||Milwaukee Brewers||Pitcher||Trimble Technical High School (TX)|
|2||50||Seth Smith||Colorado Rockies||Outfielder||Ole Miss|
|2||61||Anthony Swarzak||Minnesota Twins||Pitcher||Nova High School (FL)|
|2||64||Hunter Pence||Houston Astros||Outfielder||Texas-Arlington|
|2||65||Dustin Pedroia||Boston Red Sox||Shortstop||Arizona State|
|2||67||Kurt Suzuki||Oakland Athletics||Catcher||Cal State Fullerton|
|2||68||Jason Vargas||Florida Marlins||Pitcher||Long Beach State|
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.
Three members of the 2003 NCAA Champions Rice Owls pitching staff were selected within the first eight picks. The Baltimore Orioles could not reach an agreement with Wade Townsend leading to Tampa Bay drafting him in 2005.
| 1st Overall Picks
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|First-year player drafts|
|Rule 5 drafts|
2004 MLB season by team