2006 Major League Baseball draft
General information
Date(s)June 6–7, 2006
LocationConference call
1502 total selections
First selectionLuke Hochevar
Kansas City Royals
First round selections44
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The 2006 Major League Baseball draft, was held on June 6 and 7. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams.

First round selections

Tampa Bay selected Evan Longoria third overall. The 3x All-Star won the 2008 A.L. Rookie of the Year Award, three Gold Glove Awards at third base, and the 2009 Silver Slugger for third base.
Detroit selected Andrew Miller 6th overall. Miller is a 2x All-Star and the 2015 Reliever of the Year.
The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Clayton Kershaw seventh overall. A 10x All-Star, Kershaw won three Cy Young Awards, and the 2014 N.L. MVP award.
The San Francisco Giants selected Tim Lincecum 10th overall. A 4x All-Star, Lincecum is a 3x league leader in strikeouts and won 2 Cy Young Awards.
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Max Scherzer 11th overall. An 8x All-Star, Scherzer won 3 Cy Young Awards and is a member of the 3,000 strikeout club, having the led the league in strikeouts on 3 occasions.
New York Yankees selected Ian Kennedy 21st overall. He led the NL in wins in 2011.
St. Louis selected Chris Perez 42nd overall. He is a 2x All-Star.
Pick Player Team Position School
1 Luke Hochevar Kansas City Royals RHP Tennessee
2 Greg Reynolds Colorado Rockies RHP Stanford
3 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3B Long Beach State
4 Brad Lincoln Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Houston
5 Brandon Morrow Seattle Mariners RHP California
6 Andrew Miller Detroit Tigers LHP North Carolina
7 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Highland Park High School (TX)
8 Drew Stubbs Cincinnati Reds CF Texas
9 Bill Rowell Baltimore Orioles 3B Bishop Eustace Preparatory School (NJ)
10 Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants RHP Washington
11 Max Scherzer Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Missouri
12 Kasey Kiker Texas Rangers LHP Russell County High School (AL)
13 Tyler Colvin Chicago Cubs LF Clemson
14 Travis Snider Toronto Blue Jays RF Henry M. Jackson High School (WA)
15 Chris Marrero Washington Nationals 3B Monsignor Edward Pace High School (FL)
16 Jeremy Jeffress Milwaukee Brewers RHP Halifax County High School (VA)
17 Matt Antonelli San Diego Padres 3B Wake Forest
18 Kyle Drabek Philadelphia Phillies[Compensation 1] RHP The Woodlands High School (TX)
19 Brett Sinkbeil Florida Marlins RHP Missouri State
20 Chris Parmelee Minnesota Twins RF Chino Hills High School (CA)
21 Ian Kennedy New York Yankees[Compensation 2] RHP USC
22 Colton Willems Washington Nationals[Compensation 3] RHP John Carroll Catholic High School (FL)
23 Maxwell Sapp Houston Astros C Bishop Moore High School (FL)
24 Cody Johnson Atlanta Braves 1B A. Crawford Mosley High School (FL)
25 Hank Conger Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[Compensation 4] C Huntington Beach High School (CA)
26 Bryan Morris Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 5] RHP Motlow State Community College
27 Jason Place Boston Red Sox CF Wren High School (SC)
28 Daniel Bard Boston Red Sox[Compensation 6] RHP North Carolina
29 Kyle McCulloch Chicago White Sox RHP Texas
30 Adam Ottavino St. Louis Cardinals RHP Northeastern

Supplemental first round selections

Pick Player Team Position School
31 Preston Mattingly Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 7] SS Evansville Central High School (IN)
32 Pedro Beato Baltimore Orioles[Compensation 8] RHP St. Petersburg College
33 Emmanuel Burriss San Francisco Giants[Compensation 9] SS Kent State
34 Brooks Brown Arizona Diamondbacks[Compensation 10] RHP Georgia
35 Kyler Burke San Diego Padres[Compensation 11] RF Ooltewah High School (TN)
36 Chris Coghlan Florida Marlins[Compensation 12] 3B Ole Miss
37 Adrian Cardenas Philadelphia Phillies[Compensation 13] SS Monsignor Edward Pace High School (FL)
38 Cory Rasmus Atlanta Braves[Compensation 14] RHP Russell County High School (AL)
39 David Huff Cleveland Indians[Compensation 15] LHP UCLA
40 Kris Johnson Boston Red Sox[Compensation 16] LHP Wichita State
41 Joba Chamberlain New York Yankees[Compensation 17] RHP Nebraska
42 Chris Perez St. Louis Cardinals[Compensation 18] RHP Miami (FL)
43 Steven Evarts Atlanta Braves[Compensation 19] LHP Robinson High School (FL)
44 Caleb Clay Boston Red Sox[Compensation 20] RHP Cullman High School (AL)

Compensation picks

  1. ^ Pick from New York Mets as compensation for signing of free agent Billy Wagner
  2. ^ Pick from Philadelphia Phillies as compensation for signing of free agent Tom Gordon
  3. ^ Pick from Oakland Athletics as compensation for signing of free agent Esteban Loaiza
  4. ^ Pick from Cleveland Indians as compensation for signing of free agent Paul Byrd
  5. ^ Pick from Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as compensation for signing of free agent Jeff Weaver
  6. ^ Pick from New York Yankees as compensation for signing of free agent Johnny Damon
  7. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent Jeff Weaver
  8. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent B. J. Ryan
  9. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent Scott Eyre
  10. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent Tim Worrell
  11. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent Ramón Hernández
  12. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent A. J. Burnett
  13. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent Billy Wagner
  14. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent Kyle Farnsworth
  15. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent Bob Howry
  16. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent Johnny Damon
  17. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent Tom Gordon
  18. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent Matt Morris
  19. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent Rafael Furcal
  20. ^ Compensation pick for loss of free agent Bill Mueller

Other notable players

The Rays selected Alex Cobb in the 4th round. Cobb is a 2023 All-Star.
The Rangers selected Chris Davis in the 5th round. He is a 2x MLB home run leader.
The Cubs selected Jeff Samardzija in the 5th round. He is a 2014 All-Star.
Cleveland selected Chris Archer in the 5th round. Archer is a 2x All-Star.
The Oakland Athletics selected Andrew Bailey in the 6th round. The 2009 AL Rookie of the Year is a 2x All-Star.
Cincinnati selected Justin Turner in the 7th round. Turner is a 2x All-Star.
The Yankees selected Mark Melancon in the 9th round. The 4x All-Star is the 2015 NL Reliever of the Year.
The Mets selected Daniel Murphy in the 13th round. He is a 3x All-Star and 2x Silver Slugger at second base.

NFL players drafted


Pitching accounted for 18 of the 30 selections in the first round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, including the top choice, right-hander Luke Hochevar, who was chosen by the Kansas City Royals. The University of Tennessee product pitched for the Fort Worth Cats of the Independent League after not reaching terms with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who selected him in the sandwich round (40th overall) of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

Six of the first seven picks and nine of the first 12 selections were pitchers. In addition to the 18 hurlers, seven outfielders, three third basemen and two catchers made up the rest of the first round.

The first six picks were from the college ranks. University of North Carolina pitchers Andrew Miller (6th overall, Tigers) and Daniel Bard (28th, Red Sox) and University of Texas teammates Drew Stubbs (8th overall, Reds) and Kyle McCulloch (29th, White Sox) went in the first round.

Kyle Drabek, the son of longtime Major League pitcher Doug Drabek, was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 18th pick. He is currently a free agent.

Detroit's Andrew Miller became the first player from the 2006 Draft to reach the Major Leagues. He debuted in relief during a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on August 30. He would make eight relief appearances for the Tigers during their pennant-winning season. He currently pitches in the St. Louis Cardinals organization and has also played for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.

Tim Lincecum was the first 2006 draftee to be selected to an All-Star Game. Lincecum was selected in 2008, and joined shortly thereafter by Evan Longoria, who was selected via the Final Vote. Longoria was the only one to play in the game. Longoria would later be voted Rookie of the Year. Lincecum was also the first to win a Cy Young Award (2008 and 2009) in the National League. Clayton Kershaw, 7th in the draft, went on to win the 2011, 2013 and 2014[1] NL Cy Young Awards, the 2014 NL MVP Award[2] and played in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 All-Star Games.

Andrew Bailey, 6th round pick by the Oakland Athletics, became the 2009 American League Rookie of the Year and participated in the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis and 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim as part of the Athletics. He retired after the 2017 season. Chris Coghlan, a supplemental first round pick, was the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year as a member of the Miami Marlins. As of 2017 he is currently a free agent.

Ryan Kalish, an outfielder who planned to attend the University of Virginia, was picked in the 9th round by the Boston Red Sox. His salary of $600,000 had to be approved by the Commissioner's Office, as it was well over what others drafted in that round were to receive.[3] He signed with the Red Sox and made his major league debut in 2010.

Max Scherzer, 1st round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks and later traded to the Detroit Tigers, won the 2013 Cy Young Award. He is now with the New York Mets.


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  2. ^ "Awards". mlb.com. Retrieved December 31, 2014
  3. ^ Willie T Smith III (July 7, 2008). "Drive's Kalish bounces back from slow start". The Greenville News. Retrieved March 15, 2011.[permanent dead link]