1970 Baseball Draft

The 1970 Baseball Draft appears below and includes every player chosen in the June amateur draft, every round of the 1970 baseball draft, the overall pick, the team who drafted them, their position at that time, and where they were drafted from (high school / college name).

"The idea behind the draft was simple: 1) it gave the poorer teams—usually those lower in the standings—an equal chance to sign the top talent being produced in colleges and high schools; and 2) it cut down on payments of excessive bonuses to untried players. Even those who enthusiastically supported the free-agent draft had no idea that benefits from it would be reaped so quickly. Yet this season, less than two years later, several youngsters selected in the draft have stepped into the major leagues and have performed not just capably but in some cases spectacularly." - Sportswriter William Leggett in Sports Illustrated (May 01, 1967, 'Fresh Breezes From The Free-Agent Draft', Page 38)
1970 Baseball Draft

1970 Amateur Baseball Draft by Baseball Almanac | Baseball Draft Menu

1
1
JS
San Francisco Giants
P-OF
1
2
JS
Tom Harmon
Kansas City Royals
C
University of Texas
1
3
JS
New York Mets
P
1
4
JS
Mike Swenton
Cleveland Indians
OF
University of Oklahoma
1
5
JS
Montreal Expos
OF
1
6
JS
Chicago White Sox
3B
Miami-Dade College
1
7
JS
Los Angeles Dodgers
P
1
8
JS
Dan Adams
Milwaukee Brewers
3B
1
9
JS
Cincinnati Reds
P
1
10
JS
Washington Senators
IF
1
11
JS
Donald Russell
Houston Astros
IF
1
12
JS
Detroit Tigers
P
1
13
JS
William Hodge
Atlanta Braves
C
1
14
JS
Boston Red Sox
P
Cumberland (Cumberland,RI)
1
15
JS
Richard Astor
Pittsburgh Pirates
OF-3B
Edinboro University
1
16
JS
Greg Gaffey
New York Yankees
1B
Lincoln University
1
17
JS
Chicago Cubs
C
1
18
JS
Dan Guerrero
Minnesota Twins
C
1
19
JS
Thomas Urquardt
Philadelphia Phillies
P
Phillips University
1
20
JS
Bernie Boehmer
Oakland Athletics
C
St. Louis Community College-Meramec
1
21
JS
Bob Graczyk
San Diego Padres
P
1
22
JS
Richard Soriano
California Angels
OF
Miami-Dade College
1
23
JS
Paul Sands
St. Louis Cardinals
P
Bacone College
1
24
JS
Claude Renfro
Baltimore Orioles
P-1B
Gulf Coast Community College
2
25
JS
San Francisco Giants
1B
2
26
JS
Carl Meier
Kansas City Royals
SS
2
27
JS
Andrew Bielanski
New York Mets
OF
Fullerton College
2
28
JS
Curran Percival
Cleveland Indians
P
San Diego Mesa College
2
29
JS
Jim Corcoran
Montreal Expos
SS-2B
University of California
2
30
JS
Henry Baker
Chicago White Sox
3B
2
31
JS
George Pugh
Los Angeles Dodgers
P
Mesa State College
2
32
JS
Richard Nance
Milwaukee Brewers
P
Auburn University
2
33
JS
Cincinnati Reds
OF
University of Maryland
2
34
JS
Washington Senators
P
2
35
JS
Jim Burnes
Houston Astros
P
Glendale Community College
2
36
JS
James Bergholz
Detroit Tigers
SS
The Kings College
2
37
JS
Robert Jones
Atlanta Braves
OF
Amherst College
2
38
JS
Dave Elmendorf
Boston Red Sox
OF
2
39
JS
Clinton Olson
Pittsburgh Pirates
P
Big Bend Community College
2
40
JS
Jerry Johnson
New York Yankees
P
2
41
JS
Steve Steitz
Chicago Cubs
3B
Springfield College
2
42
JS
Dennis Loewe
Minnesota Twins
P
Pershing College
2
43
JS
James Jones
Philadelphia Phillies
SS
Spokane Community College
2
44
JS
Ronnie Diggle
Oakland Athletics
OF
Cerritos College
2
45
JS
Steve Easton
San Diego Padres
P
Brigham Young University
2
46
JS
Pat Cech
California Angels
P
Glendale Community College
2
47
JS
William Bright
St. Louis Cardinals
OF
2
48
JS
William Wood
Baltimore Orioles
C
Los Angeles Valley College
3
49
JS
San Francisco Giants
P
3
50
JS
John Gaylord
Kansas City Royals
C
Chaffey College
3
51
JS
Ken Wamble
New York Mets
2B
Odessa College
3
52
JS
Robert Eldridge
Cleveland Indians
P
Southern Illinois University
3
53
JS
Dale Harrington
Montreal Expos
P
Odessa College
3
54
JS
Archie Manning
Chicago White Sox
SS
3
55
JS
Joe Daniels
Los Angeles Dodgers
OF
University of New Mexico
3
56
JS
Gene Ammann
Milwaukee Brewers
P
3
57
JS
Cincinnati Reds
SS
Indian Hills Community College-Centerville
3
58
JS
Francis Karmelich
Washington Senators
C
University of California-Riverside
3
59
JS
Stan Butkus
Houston Astros
P
Miami-Dade College
3
60
JS
Jerry Reasonover
Detroit Tigers
SS
Gulf Coast Community College
3
61
JS
Atlanta Braves
OF
3
62
JS
Larry O'Brien
Boston Red Sox
1B-OF
Long Beach City College
3
63
JS
Peter Castle
Pittsburgh Pirates
P
Monroe Community College
3
64
JS
Kurt Ascherman
Chicago Cubs
C
Springfield College
3
65
JS
Tom Rosa
Minnesota Twins
SS
Miami-Dade College
3
66
JS
Robert Masteller
Philadelphia Phillies
P
Grayson County College
3
67
JS
Dennis Primeau
Oakland Athletics
SS
St. Clair County Community College
3
68
JS
William Bell
San Diego Padres
SS
Jefferson State Community College
3
69
JS
Kenneth Harris
California Angels
OF
Pasadena City College
3
70
JS
David Breshears
St. Louis Cardinals
2B
University of Iowa
3
71
JS
Michael Cuozzi
Baltimore Orioles
2B-OF
Trenton State College
4
72
JS
Gary Houston
Kansas City Royals
P
San Jose State University
4
73
JS
Stephen Cash
New York Mets
SS
Georgia Perimeter College
4
74
JS
Cleveland Indians
OF-P
Panola College
4
75
JS
Douglas Baine
Montreal Expos
P
4
76
JS
Ken O'Brien
Los Angeles Dodgers
P
Villanova University
4
77
JS
Milwaukee Brewers
C
Miami-Dade College
4
78
JS
Mike Dickens
Cincinnati Reds
3B
Catawba College.
4
79
JS
Archie Cameron
Washington Senators
P
Miami-Dade College
4
80
JS
William Collins
Detroit Tigers
P
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
4
81
JS
Keith Leippman
Atlanta Braves
3B
University of Kansas
4
82
JS
Alan Jackson
Boston Red Sox
P
Northeastern University
4
83
JS
James Heard
Pittsburgh Pirates
SS
Dalton State College
4
84
JS
Stan Hamlin
Minnesota Twins
P
Bakersfield College
4
85
JS
Gary Szakacs
Philadelphia Phillies
1B
American River College
4
86
JS
James Gailey
Oakland Athletics
OF
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
4
87
JS
California Angels
OF
Mount San Antonio College
4
88
JS
Craig Barnes
St. Louis Cardinals
1B
Mount San Antonio College
4
89
JS
Richard Fillings
Baltimore Orioles
P
Indian River State College
5
90
JS
James Steele
Kansas City Royals
1B
Cerritos College
5
91
JS
Paul Womble
Los Angeles Dodgers
3B
University of Kansas
5
92
JS
Dennis Auckland
Washington Senators
1B
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
5
93
JS
Charles Bates
Boston Red Sox
3B-SS
Los Angeles Community College
5
94
JS
Steve Hunter
Pittsburgh Pirates
C
Yakima Valley Community College
5
95
JS
Chris Cammack
Philadelphia Phillies
3B
5
96
JS
Todd Sprecher
California Angels
C
Yakima Valley Community College
5
97
JS
Craig Menzi
St. Louis Cardinals
P
Adelphi University
5
98
JS
John Librandi
Baltimore Orioles
OF
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
6
99
JS
Bruce Mierkowicz
Kansas City Royals
1B
St. Clair County Community College
6
100
JS
Larry Prieto
Washington Senators
2B
Fresno City College
6
101
JS
Rick Dierker
California Angels
P
Los Angeles Pierce College
6
102
JS
Richard Eisenacher
Baltimore Orioles
P
Auburn University
7
103
JS
Jack Burns
Kansas City Royals
P
7
104
JS
Mike Slade
Washington Senators
P
7
105
JS
Gene Salmon
Baltimore Orioles
1B
University of Texas
8
106
JS
Gerard Fell
Baltimore Orioles
1B-C
Baltimore City Community College
9
107
JS
Kevin Bryant
Baltimore Orioles
2B
Valencia Community College
10
108
JS
Phill Still
Baltimore Orioles
3B
1970 Baseball Draft


Did you know that there have been twenty-one players who have been drafted (since the baseball draft began in 1965) then went straight to the Major Leagues without first playing on a Minor League team?

Being selected with the first round, first pick, as the number one draft pick , is quite a baseball feat , but not every one of them has actually made it to the big leagues! Review those who did, those who didn't, which catcher was the first one ever selected first overall, which catcher was first that didn't make it and the first one that did, plus every other draft type (secondary drafts) along with information about which ones made it there as well.

The Baseball Almanac Draft Register is completely comprehensive and includes data on every single player ever drafted in baseball history, more than 65,000+ baseball draft picks spanning 40+ years of baseball draft history.

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