Jacoby Ellsbury Selected by the Red Sox in the First Round
June 7, 2005
Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was selected in the first round in Tuesday's Major League Draft by the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox. The Madras, Ore., native was the 23rd pick overall.
Ellsbury was recently selected the 2005 Pac-10 Conference Co-Player of the Year, to the Louisville Slugger All-America team, Oregon State University's Co-Male Athlete of the Year, Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic, and to the Corvallis Regional NCAA Tournament Team. He also finished second in the Pac-10 during the regular season with a .415 batting average and ranked among the league leaders for hits (86/OSU record), steals (21), slugging percentage (.604), doubles (17) and total bases (125).
Ellsbury is the first Beaver to be selected in the opening round since pitcher Mike Thurman was the 31st pick (supplemental selection) of the Montreal Expos in 1994. The last Beaver to be selected higher than Ellsbury was pitcher Scott Christman, the 17th pick of the Chicago White Sox in 1993.
The No. 2 Oregon State Beavers continue preparation for the NCAA Super Regional, June 11-13 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field against the USC Trojans. The best of three series, which is soldout, determines one of the eight teams to qualify for the College World Series. Oregon State defeated USC in Corvallis two out of three games in late May.