1980 Baseball Draft

The 1980 Baseball Draft appears below and includes every player chosen in the June amateur draft, every round of the 1980 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)
1980 Baseball Draft

1980 Amateur Baseball Draft by Baseball Almanac | Baseball Draft Menu

1
1
JS
Houston Astros
P
Oral Roberts University
1
2
JS
Seattle Mariners
SS
Canada College
1
3
JS
Kevin Maroney
Cincinnati Reds
OF
Sinclair Community College
1
4
JS
Kansas City Royals
P
University of Texas
1
5
JS
Atlanta Braves
P
West Los Angeles College
1
6
JS
Mark Effrig
Milwaukee Brewers
P
Lower Columbia Community College
1
7
JS
San Diego Padres
P
1
8
JS
Cleveland Indians
OF
Mercer County Community College
1
9
JS
Robbie Allen
Los Angeles Dodgers
SS
1
10
JS
California Angels
P
Merced College
1
11
JS
Bill Worden
New York Mets
C
Stanford University
1
12
JS
Texas Rangers
P
Oral Roberts University
1
13
JS
Darryl Banks
Chicago Cubs
P
College of Southern Idaho
1
14
JS
Joseph McCarthy
Detroit Tigers
OF
University of South Carolina
1
15
JS
Montreal Expos
OF
Georgia Perimeter College
1
16
JS
Michael Jefferson
Toronto Blue Jays
OF
Laney College
1
17
JS
Dave Chiono
Pittsburgh Pirates
P
Yuba Community College
1
18
JS
Chris Johnston
Oakland Athletics
3B
Orange County Community College
1
19
JS
Lance Junker
San Francisco Giants
OF
Loyola Marymount University
1
20
JS
John Milholland
New York Yankees
SS
Louisburg College
1
21
JS
Philadelphia Phillies
OF
Orange County Community College
1
22
JS
Clem Freeman
Boston Red Sox
P
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
1
23
JS
St. Louis Cardinals
P
Golden West College
1
24
JS
Chris Willsher
Baltimore Orioles
P
College of San Mateo
1
25
JS
John Palica
Minnesota Twins
OF
Los Angeles Harbor College
1
26
JS
Jeff Barnard
Chicago White Sox
P
Iowa Western Community College
2
27
JS
Mark Pedersen
Seattle Mariners
P
Washington State University
2
28
JS
Edwin Schneider
Cincinnati Reds
P
2
29
JS
Bob Ferris
Kansas City Royals
C-1B-
2
30
JS
Mike Hogan
Atlanta Braves
P
Orange County Community College
2
31
JS
Garrett Nago
Milwaukee Brewers
OF
Pima Community College
2
32
JS
Tim Cannon
San Diego Padres
OF
Chipola College
2
33
JS
Gary Whisler
Cleveland Indians
SS
Canada College
2
34
JS
Richard Felt
Los Angeles Dodgers
P
Georgia Perimeter College
2
35
JS
New York Mets
3B
Chaffey College
2
36
JS
Gail Arnold
Texas Rangers
P
Linn-Benton Community College
2
37
JS
Joe Housey
Chicago Cubs
P
University of New Orleans
2
38
JS
Mitch Seoane
Detroit Tigers
2B
Hillsborough Community College
2
39
JS
Tyson Hubbard
Pittsburgh Pirates
P
Spartanburg Methodist College
2
40
JS
San Francisco Giants
SS
Orange County Community College
2
41
JS
Sheldon Andrews
New York Yankees
P
Lower Columbia Community College
2
42
JS
Tim Lambert
Philadelphia Phillies
rhO
Citrus College
2
43
JS
Steve Garrett
Boston Red Sox
P
Chabot College
2
44
JS
Ric Wilson
St. Louis Cardinals
C
Mesa Community College
2
45
JS
Richard Marshall
Baltimore Orioles
P-OF
2
46
JS
Steve Watson
Minnesota Twins
P
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
3
47
JS
Don Freeman
Seattle Mariners
SS
West Los Angeles College
3
48
JS
Cincinnati Reds
P
Palm Beach State College
3
49
JS
Russ Stephans
Kansas City Royals
C
3
50
JS
Timothy Greene
Atlanta Braves
P
Middle Georgia College
3
51
JS
Robert Elliott
Milwaukee Brewers
P
3
52
JS
Michael Tolbert
San Diego Padres
P
Triton College
3
53
JS
Steve Ensworth
Cleveland Indians
P
Fresno City College
3
54
JS
Michael Carringer
Los Angeles Dodgers
P
Bacone College
3
55
JS
Mark Ochal
Texas Rangers
P
University of North Carolina
3
56
JS
Rick Thurman
Chicago Cubs
P
Los Angeles Pierce College
3
57
JS
Richard Lucero
Pittsburgh Pirates
P
Phoenix College
3
58
JS
Daniel McDonald
San Francisco Giants
P
Penn State University
3
59
JS
New York Yankees
OF
Chattahoochee Valley Community College
3
60
JS
Philadelphia Phillies
SS
Sacramento City College
3
61
JS
Jeff Spencer
Baltimore Orioles
2B
Lower Columbia Community College
3
62
JS
Dave Malpeso
Minnesota Twins
C
Miami-Dade College
4
63
JS
Jeffrey Adams
Cincinnati Reds
C
Saddleback College
4
64
JS
David Wilder
Kansas City Royals
OF-SS
Contra Costa College
4
65
JS
Glenn Edwards
Cleveland Indians
OF
Mercer County Community College
4
66
JS
Texas Rangers
P
East Central Community College
4
67
JS
Brian Peck
Pittsburgh Pirates
P
College of Southern Idaho
4
68
JS
Harry Kazanjian
San Francisco Giants
C-OF
City College of San Francisco
4
69
JS
Joseph Stefani
New York Yankees
P
Iowa Western Community College
4
70
JS
Paul Perez
Philadelphia Phillies
C
Lassen Community College
4
71
JS
John Leonard
Baltimore Orioles
P
Yavapai College
5
72
JS
Scott Meter
Cincinnati Reds
C
San Joaquin Delta College
5
73
JS
Andrew Paviovic
Kansas City Royals
P
Yavapai College
5
74
JS
Tommy Blackmon
Cleveland Indians
P
Spartanburg Methodist College
5
75
JS
Thomas McLaughlin
San Francisco Giants
P
Los Angeles Community College
5
76
JS
Philadelphia Phillies
P
Indian River State College
6
77
JS
Harold Hatcher
Kansas City Royals
C
Mesa Community College
6
78
JS
Winston Ficklin
Cleveland Indians
2B
6
79
JS
John Whitt
Philadelphia Phillies
OF
Los Angeles Harbor College
7
80
JS
David Bailor
Kansas City Royals
OF
Yavapai College
7
81
JS
Nattie George
Cleveland Indians
OF
San Jose City College
8
82
JS
Ralph Elpin
Cleveland Indians
P
County College of Morris
9
83
JS
Michael Wilder
Cleveland Indians
2B
Contra Costa College
10
84
JS
Billy Cannon
Cleveland Indians
SS
Broadmoor High School (Baton Rouge, LA)
1980 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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