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
JS
Oakland Athletics
SS
1
2
JS
St. Louis Cardinals
C
1
3
JS
Norman Morton
Chicago White Sox
P
Miami-Dade College
1
4
JS
Pittsburgh Pirates
P
Oral Roberts University
1
5
JS
Phil Lane
New York Yankees
3B
Broward College
1
6
JS
Billy Irions
Philadelphia Phillies
P
University of Oklahoma
1
7
JS
Jim Rooney
Baltimore Orioles
P
County College of Morris
1
8
JS
Craig Stevenson
San Francisco Giants
SS
Los Angeles Valley College
1
9
JS
Boston Red Sox
P
Cal State Northridge
1
10
JS
Jeff Rutledge
Chicago Cubs
SS
Fresno City College
1
11
JS
Toronto Blue Jays
SS
Georgia Perimeter College
1
12
JS
Montreal Expos
2B
San Diego State University
1
13
JS
Johnny Salery
Minnesota Twins
OF
Indian River State College
1
14
JS
John Felce
New York Mets
OF
College of the Canyons
1
15
JS
Detroit Tigers
P
1
16
JS
Everett Graham
San Diego Padres
OF
Louisburg College
1
17
JS
Doug Laufer
Texas Rangers
P
University of Texas
1
18
JS
John Wallace
Atlanta Braves
OF
Fresno City College
1
19
JS
John Thornton
Milwaukee Brewers
1B-C
Baltimore City Community College
1
20
JS
Houston Astros
OF
Los Angeles Harbor College
1
21
JS
Reggie Wyatt
Kansas City Royals
P
1
22
JS
Los Angeles Dodgers
OF
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
1
23
JS
Ted Perkins
Cleveland Indians
OF
1
24
JS
Don Long
Cincinnati Reds
SS
Edmonds Community College
1
25
JS
Ric Wilson
Seattle Mariners
OF
1
26
JS
Reggie Montgomery
California Angels
OF
Orange County Community College
2
27
JS
Craig Fitzpatrick
Oakland Athletics
P
2
28
JS
John Leonard
Chicago White Sox
P
Yavapai College
2
29
JS
Bruce Crabbe
Pittsburgh Pirates
SS-OF
Gulf Coast Community College
2
30
JS
Trent Ferrin
New York Yankees
P
College of Southern Idaho
2
31
JS
John Bryant
Philadelphia Phillies
OF
Santa Ana College
2
32
JS
Randy Boyd
Baltimore Orioles
P
Cochise College
2
33
JS
San Francisco Giants
P
Fullerton College
2
34
JS
Tony Beal
Boston Red Sox
OF
Seminole State College of Florida
2
35
JS
Ron Bachmeler
Chicago Cubs
2B
Glendale Community College
2
36
JS
Toronto Blue Jays
1B
Alvin Community College
2
37
JS
Jim Mcintosh
Montreal Expos
P
Carl Albert State College
2
38
JS
Jeff Salazar
Minnesota Twins
P
Los Angeles Valley College
2
39
JS
Gail Arnold
New York Mets
P
Brigham Young University
2
40
JS
Ernie Moya
Detroit Tigers
P
Hillsborough Community College
2
41
JS
Peter Kutsukos
San Diego Padres
P
Seminole State College of Florida
2
42
JS
Texas Rangers
OF
Miami-Dade College
2
43
JS
David Blair
Atlanta Braves
OF
Middle Georgia College
2
44
JS
Frank Marrero
Milwaukee Brewers
P
Miami-Dade College
2
45
JS
Bobby Falls
Houston Astros
SS
Walters State Community College
2
46
JS
Mike Moore
Los Angeles Dodgers
C
Edmonds Community College
2
47
JS
Sam Martin
Cleveland Indians
SS
Louisburg College
2
48
JS
Don Fenton
Cincinnati Reds
P
Lower Columbia Community College
2
49
JS
Richie Carter
Seattle Mariners
P
Umpqua Community College
2
50
JS
Dick Seidel
California Angels
P
3
51
JS
Damon Farmar
Oakland Athletics
OF
West Los Angeles College
3
52
JS
Ken Lynn
Pittsburgh Pirates
P
Spartanburg Methodist College
3
53
JS
Bill Williams
New York Yankees
1B
Solano Community College
3
54
JS
John Whitt
Philadelphia Phillies
OF
Cal State Dominguez Hills
3
55
JS
Rod Langston
Baltimore Orioles
OF
Indian River State College
3
56
JS
Mike Hogan
San Francisco Giants
P
Orange County Community College
3
57
JS
Dean Naylor
Chicago Cubs
P
Miami-Dade College
3
58
JS
Tim Arnsberg
Toronto Blue Jays
P
Merced College
3
59
JS
Michael Winbush
Montreal Expos
P
Winston-Salem State University
3
60
JS
Greg Griffin
New York Mets
OF
3
61
JS
Tom Corcoran
Detroit Tigers
P
Florida International University
3
62
JS
San Diego Padres
OF
Allegheny College
3
63
JS
Todd Schulte
Texas Rangers
P
3
64
JS
Keith Street
Atlanta Braves
OF
Middle Georgia College
3
65
JS
Richard Knapp
Milwaukee Brewers
P
Indian River State College
3
66
JS
Randy Romagna
Cincinnati Reds
P
Indian River State College
3
67
JS
Jeff Mace
California Angels
OF
Scottsdale Community College
4
68
JS
Kelly Simon
Pittsburgh Pirates
P
Orange County Community College
4
69
JS
David Niemiec
New York Yankees
P
West Valley College
4
70
JS
David Eichhorn
Toronto Blue Jays
P
Cabrillo College
4
71
JS
Kevin Slwinski
New York Mets
OF
Orange County Community College
4
72
JS
Robyn Lynch
Atlanta Braves
1B
Garden City Community College
4
73
JS
James Woods
California Angels
SS
San Jacinto College
5
74
JS
Shane O'Shea
New York Yankees
IF
Indian River State College
5
75
JS
Ken Galloway
Toronto Blue Jays
P
West Valley College
5
76
JS
Greg Cary
New York Mets
P
Chabot College
5
77
JS
Michael Fay
Atlanta Braves
P
De Anza College
6
78
JS
John Hughes
New York Yankees
1B
College of Southern Idaho
6
79
JS
Mark Hoffman
Toronto Blue Jays
P
Chabot 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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