|2008 Major League Baseball draft|
|Date(s)||June 5–6, 2008|
|1504 total selections|
|First selection||Tim Beckham|
Tampa Bay Rays
|First round selections||46|
|*||Player did not sign|
|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)|
|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|
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 in the 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, and he won 2012 National League Most Valuable Player award and the 2012, 2014 & 2015 Silver Slugger awards.
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.
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.
Prior to the start of the draft, the League held a special round consisting of the surviving Negro leagues (NLB) 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. Each major league team drafted one player from the Negro leagues. Notable in the draft were Emilio Navarro (who, at 102 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.
|Player||MLB Team||Position||NLB Team(s)|
|Neale 'Bobo' Henderson||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||Shortstop||Kansas City Monarchs|
|Hubert Simmons||Baltimore Orioles||Pitcher/Outfielder||Baltimore Elite Giants|
|Jim 'Fireball' Colzie||Boston Red Sox||Pitcher||Indianapolis ClownsAtlanta Black Crackers|
|Hank Presswood||Chicago White Sox||Shortstop/Third baseman||Cleveland BuckeyesKansas City Monarchs|
|Otha "Li'l Catch" Bailey||Cleveland Indians||Catcher||Birmingham Black BaronsChattanooga Choo-ChoosCleveland BuckeyesHouston/New Orleans Eagles|
|Cecil Kaiser||Detroit Tigers||Pitcher/First baseman/Outfielder||Homestead GraysPittsburgh Crawfords|
|Ulysses Hollimon||Kansas City Royals||Pitcher||Birmingham Black BaronsBaltimore Elite Giants|
|Bill 'Lefty' Bell||Minnesota Twins||Pitcher||Birmingham Black BaronsKansas City Monarchs|
|Emilio 'Millito' Navarro||New York Yankees||Shortstop/Second baseman/Third baseman||Cuban Stars|
|Irvin Castille||Oakland Athletics||Shortstop||Birmingham Black Barons|
|John 'Mule' Miles||Seattle Mariners||Third baseman/Outfielder||Chicago American Giants|
|Walter Lee Gibbons||Tampa Bay Rays||Pitcher||Philadelphia StarsNew York Black YankeesIndianapolis Clowns|
|Charley Pride||Texas Rangers||Pitcher||Birmingham Black BaronsMemphis 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 CrackersBaltimore Elite GiantsNewark 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 SoxKansas City Monarchs|
|Enrique Maroto||Florida Marlins||Pitcher||Kansas City Monarchs|
|Bill Blair||Houston Astros||Pitcher||Detroit StarsIndianapolis Clowns|
|Andrew Porter||Los Angeles Dodgers||Pitcher||Baltimore Elite GiantsNewark EaglesIndianapolis ClownsCleveland Buckeyes|
|Joseph B. Scott||Milwaukee Brewers||First baseman/Outfielder||Memphis Red SoxNew York Black Yankees|
|Robert Scott||New York Mets||Pitcher/First baseman||Memphis Red SoxNew York Black Yankees|
|Mahlon Duckett||Philadelphia Phillies||First baseman/Second Baseman||Philadelphia StarsIndianapolis Clowns|
|James Tillman||Pittsburgh Pirates||Catcher||Homestead Grays|
|'Prince' Joe Henry||St. Louis Cardinals||Second baseman/Third Baseman||Philadelphia StarsIndianapolis ClownsDetroit Stars|
|Walter McCoy||San Diego Padres||Pitcher||Chicago American GiantsKansas City Monarchs|
|Carlos Manuel Santiago||San Francisco Giants||Shortstop/Second baseman||New York Cubans|
|Mamie 'Peanut' Johnson||Washington Nationals||Pitcher||Indianapolis Clowns|
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