1981 Baseball Draft

The 1981 Baseball Draft appears below and includes every player chosen in the June amateur draft, every round of the 1981 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)
1981 Baseball Draft

1981 Amateur Baseball Draft by Baseball Almanac | Baseball Draft Menu

1
1
JaS
Harry McCulia
St. Louis Cardinals
OF
Delgado Community College
1
2
JaS
Detroit Tigers
C
Canada College
1
3
JaS
Cincinnati Reds
P
1
4
JaS
California Angels
P
1
5
JaS
Houston Astros
1B-OF
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
1
6
JaS
John Leonard
Oakland Athletics
P
Yavapai College
1
7
JaS
Nick Brandt
Chicago Cubs
P
Merced College
1
8
JaS
Ken Lynn
Texas Rangers
P
Spartanburg Methodist College
1
9
JaS
New York Mets
OF
Georgia Perimeter College
1
10
JaS
John Tillema
Cleveland Indians
P
1
11
JaS
Philadelphia Phillies
P
Oxnard College
1
12
JaS
Joey Pursell
Toronto Blue Jays
P
1
13
JaS
Jon Soderberg
Atlanta Braves
P
Gulf Coast Community College
1
14
JaS
Mike Samuel
Milwaukee Brewers
SS
Orange County Community College
1
15
JaS
Sam Martin
San Diego Padres
SS
Louisburg College
1
16
JaS
Rod Langston
New York Yankees
OF
Indian River State College
1
17
JaS
John Duval
San Francisco Giants
P
Cuesta College
1
18
JaS
Thor Edgell
Seattle Mariners
P
Fullerton College
1
19
JaS
Norman Morton
Pittsburgh Pirates
P
Miami-Dade College
1
20
JaS
Scott Meier
Chicago White Sox
C
San Joaquin Delta College
1
21
JaS
Shayne Hammond
Los Angeles Dodgers
P
Southeastern Illinois College
1
22
JaS
Dave Malpeso
Boston Red Sox
C
Miami-Dade College
1
23
JaS
Reggie Wyatt
Montreal Expos
P
1
24
JaS
Mitch Ashmore
Kansas City Royals
OF
Centenary College
1
25
JaS
Rhett Whisman
Minnesota Twins
SS
Gulf Coast Community College
1
26
JaS
Tommy Alexander
Baltimore Orioles
P
Gordon College
2
27
JaS
Jorge Reyes
St. Louis Cardinals
P
Miami-Dade College
2
28
JaS
Donald O'Connor
Detroit Tigers
P
Chabot College
2
29
JaS
Tyron Hubbard
Cincinnati Reds
P
Spartanburg Methodist College
2
30
JaS
Mike Hogan
California Angels
P
Orange County Community College
2
31
JaS
Don Long
Houston Astros
SS
Edmonds Community College
2
32
JaS
Robert Lackeby
Oakland Athletics
P
Central Arizona College
2
33
JaS
Gary Jensen
Chicago Cubs
C
Solano Community College
2
34
JaS
Tony Arias
Texas Rangers
P
Miami-Dade College
2
35
JaS
Billy Irions
New York Mets
P
Seminole State College of Florida
2
36
JaS
James Miley
Cleveland Indians
OF
Montgomery College
2
37
JaS
Doug Laufer
Philadelphia Phillies
P
University of Texas
2
38
JaS
Steve Reish
Toronto Blue Jays
P
2
39
JaS
Jay Palma
Atlanta Braves
3B
De Anza College
2
40
JaS
Keith Mucha
Milwaukee Brewers
3B
2
41
JaS
Marcus Handley
San Diego Padres
P
University of the Cumberlands
2
42
JaS
Todd Schulz
New York Yankees
OF
Central Arizona College
2
43
JaS
Tony Beal
San Francisco Giants
OF
Seminole State College of Florida
2
44
JaS
Louis Burmester
Seattle Mariners
P
2
45
JaS
Todd Davidson
Pittsburgh Pirates
OF
2
46
JaS
Frank Marrero
Chicago White Sox
P
Miami-Dade College
2
47
JaS
Tom DiCeglio
Los Angeles Dodgers
SS
Gulf Coast Community College
2
48
JaS
Michael Jefferson
Boston Red Sox
OF
Contra Costa College
2
49
JaS
Michael Winbush
Montreal Expos
P
Winston-Salem State University
2
50
JaS
Steven Anderson
Kansas City Royals
3B
West Los Angeles College
2
51
JaS
Mike O'Hara
Minnesota Twins
P
2
52
JaS
Russ Kibler
Baltimore Orioles
1B
Gulf Coast Community College
3
53
JaS
Mike Santiago
St. Louis Cardinals
P
Mount San Antonio College
3
54
JaS
Derek Tatsuno
Cincinnati Reds
P
-
3
55
JaS
George Cook
California Angels
2B
Los Angeles Community College
3
56
JaS
Dean Naylor
Houston Astros
P
Miami-Dade College
3
57
JaS
John Vela
Oakland Athletics
P
Saddleback College
3
58
JaS
Ken Scott
Chicago Cubs
P
Chaffey College
3
59
JaS
Kevin Sliwinski
Texas Rangers
OF
Orange County Community College
3
60
JaS
Nick Esposito
New York Mets
P
Los Medanos College
3
61
JaS
Alan Peel
Cleveland Indians
C
Sacramento City College
3
62
JaS
Andrew Nossek
Philadelphia Phillies
P
Blinn College
3
63
JaS
Milwaukee Brewers
SS
Middle Georgia College
3
64
JaS
Brian Peck
New York Yankees
P
College of Southern Idaho
3
65
JaS
Louis Lanini
San Francisco Giants
IF
San Joaquin Delta College
3
66
JaS
Bobby Falls
Pittsburgh Pirates
SS
Walters State Community College
3
67
JaS
John Stevens
Kansas City Royals
P
Los Angeles Valley College
3
68
JaS
Robert Link
Baltimore Orioles
P
4
69
JaS
Craig Stevenson
California Angels
SS
Los Angeles Valley College
4
70
JaS
Kelvin Hudson
Oakland Athletics
2B
San Bernardino Valley College
4
71
JaS
Joseph Hackett
Texas Rangers
OF-1B
4
72
JaS
Audrey Robinson
Milwaukee Brewers
OF
Foothill College
4
73
JaS
Randy Edwards
New York Yankees
P
Allegany College of Maryland
4
74
JaS
Brian McDonough
Baltimore Orioles
P
Seminole State College of Florida
5
75
JaS
Jeffrey Johnson
Milwaukee Brewers
P
6
76
JaS
Richie Carter
Milwaukee Brewers
OF
Umpqua Community College
1981 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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