After enjoying previous success as a high school pitcher and college shortstop, he offered even more positional value by making a smooth transition to. After enjoying previous success as a high school pitcher and college shortstop, he offered even more positional value by making a smooth transition to catcher the year before. The Rays had the No. At No. The Royals considered Posey at No. The Orioles had just taken college catcher Matt Wieters with the fifth overall selection the year before, so they opted for Matusz.
2008 MLB Organizational Talent Rankings
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The first draft was held on June , The Major League franchises were able to choose from all high school seniors and college players. Initially there were supposed to be three amateur drafts held each season. That original plan changed in and was reduced to two drafts with the first phase being held after High School graduations. The second phase was held in January of the following year and involved players who were drafted earlier, but were not signed by their franchise.
2008 Major League Baseball draft
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the organization has failed to produce a major leaguer from that year. Draft Review : The Mariners were doomed for a terrible draft after selecting college reliever Josh Fields with their first-round pick. Draft Review : The Rockies had a chance to make a haul with the 25th- and 26th -overall picks, which they used to draft left-hander Christian Friedrich and outfielder Charlie Blackmon.
On September 9, , Conor Gillaspie , the 37th pick in the draft, made his Major League debut, becoming the first from his draft class to do so. 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. Brothers Caleb and Corban Joseph were both chosen in the draft. The New York Yankees selected Corban in the fourth round, with the th overall selection, out of Franklin High School in Franklin, Tennessee , while the Baltimore Orioles drafted Caleb in the seventh round, with the th 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 , when he was drafted by the Anaheim Angels.