1978 Baseball Draft

The 1978 Baseball Draft appears below and includes every player chosen in the June amateur draft, every round of the 1978 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)
1978 Baseball Draft

1978 Amateur Baseball Draft by Baseball Almanac | Baseball Draft Menu

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1
JS
Jim Watkins
Atlanta Braves
C
1
2
JS
Kansas City Royals
P
1
3
JS
James Tjader
New York Mets
IF
Iowa Western Community College
1
4
JS
Allen Wesolowski
Milwaukee Brewers
P
1
5
JS
Houston Astros
SS
Valencia Community College
1
6
JS
Paul Homrig
California Angels
1B
1
7
JS
Los Angeles Dodgers
C
Cabrillo College
1
8
JS
Gera D Miller
Seattle Mariners
iF-Of
Des Moines Area Community College
1
9
JS
Cincinnati Reds
P
Merced College
1
10
JS
Texas Rangers
3B
Fresno City College
1
11
JS
Greg Pastors
San Diego Padres
SS
1
12
JS
Peter Chapin
Detroit Tigers
P
Fullerton College
1
13
JS
David Grier
Cleveland Indians
P
Valencia Community College
1
14
JS
Jim McManus
Chicago Cubs
P
Triton College
1
15
JS
Joe Housey
New York Yankees
P
Miami-Dade College
1
16
JS
Simon Glenn
Toronto Blue Jays
OF
Blinn College
1
17
JS
Kevin Darst
San Francisco Giants
IF
Solano Community College
1
18
JS
Mark Christy
Chicago White Sox
P
Miami-Dade College
1
19
JS
Jeff Orville
St. Louis Cardinals
P
Santa Ana College
1
20
JS
Boston Red Sox
IF
Mesa Community College
1
21
JS
Kendall Greene
Philadelphia Phillies
P
1
22
JS
Juan Corey
Baltimore Orioles
C
Miami-Dade College
1
23
JS
Bill Waag
Pittsburgh Pirates
SS
Lower Columbia Community College
1
24
JS
Bruce Kastelic
Minnesota Twins
SS
Ranger College
1
25
JS
Michael Kennedy
Oakland Athletics
SS
Linn-Benton Community College
2
26
JS
Blane McDonald
Atlanta Braves
C
2
27
JS
Kansas City Royals
P
2
28
JS
James Robinson
Milwaukee Brewers
OF
Edmonds Community College
2
29
JS
Karl Jastrow
California Angels
P
West Los Angeles College
2
30
JS
Morris Schrimsher
Los Angeles Dodgers
P
University of South Florida
2
31
JS
Scott Benedict
Seattle Mariners
C
Palm Beach State College
2
32
JS
Cincinnati Reds
P
Brevard Community College
2
33
JS
Thomas McGivney
Texas Rangers
OF
Alvin Community College
2
34
JS
Rob Hertel
San Diego Padres
IF
2
35
JS
Doug Wabeke
Cleveland Indians
SS
Grand Rapids Community College
2
36
JS
Jeff Stottlemyre
Chicago Cubs
P
Yakima Valley Community College
2
37
JS
Greg Byrd
San Francisco Giants
IF
Columbia State Community College
2
38
JS
Duane Dewey
Chicago White Sox
C-iF
Miami-Dade College
2
39
JS
Curt Reade
St. Louis Cardinals
P
2
40
JS
Ken Eriksen
Philadelphia Phillies
P
Citrus College
2
41
JS
Tim Muench
Pittsburgh Pirates
P
Seminole State College of Florida
3
42
JS
Jimmy Boring
Atlanta Braves
P
Georgia Perimeter College
3
43
JS
Jeff Hanslovan
Kansas City Royals
P
Linn-Benton Community College
3
44
JS
Robert Smith
Milwaukee Brewers
OF-if
Orange County Community College
3
45
JS
Kevin Niewulis
Cincinnati Reds
P
Louisburg College
3
46
JS
David Jensen
Texas Rangers
P
Edmonds Community College
3
47
JS
Rick Evans
Cleveland Indians
P
El Camino College
3
48
JS
Greg Moyer
Chicago Cubs
OF
Cerritos College
3
49
JS
Chicago White Sox
IF
Lincoln Land Community College
3
50
JS
Don Pierce
St. Louis Cardinals
P
Chaffey College
4
51
JS
James Johnson
Milwaukee Brewers
SS
Edmonds Community College
4
52
JS
Gary Kempton
Cincinnati Reds
C
Triton College
4
53
JS
St. Louis Cardinals
P
San Bernardino Valley College
5
54
JS
James Padula
Milwaukee Brewers
OF
Chaffey College
6
55
JS
Daniel Maxson
Milwaukee Brewers
P
Georgia Perimeter College
7
56
JS
Steven Maral
Milwaukee Brewers
OF
Chabot College
1978 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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