1978 Amateur Draft : First Round Picks

The first draft was held on June 8-9, 1965. The Major League franchises were able to choose from all high school seniors and college players.

Initially there were supposed to be three amateur drafts held each season. That original plan changed in 1964 and was reduced to two drafts with the first phase being held after High School graduations. The second phase was held in January of the following year and involved players who were drafted earlier, but were not signed by their franchise.

In 1986 the two-phase draft system was changed and instead of holding a second phase draft in January, franchises who could not sign their first round selections were awarded a supplemental first round pick the following amateur draft.

The first pick of the first round is awarded to the worst team in the American or National League. Each season the two leagues alternate the first pick and proceed through the first round in reverse order of finish from the previous season's standings.

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present the 1978 first round draft selections, the team they were chosen by, their position(s), and their college or home town at the time of the amateur draft.

"The Braves' Bob Horner is on the disabled list more often than eggs are on a grocery list." - Sportswriter Dick Young
1978

First Round Draft Picks

# Selected By Name Position College or Hometown
1. Braves Bob Horner 3B Arizona State University
2. Blue Jays Lloyd Moseby 1B Oakland, CA
3. Mets Hubie Brooks SS Arizona State University
4. Athletics Mike Morgan RHP Las Vegas, NV
5. Padres Andy Hawkins RHP Waco, TX
6. Mariners Tito Nanni OF Philadelphia, PA
7. Giants Bob Cummings C Chicago, IL
8. Brewers Nick Hernandez C Hialeah, FL
9. Expos Glenn Franklin SS Chipola Junior College
10. Indians Phil Lansford SS Santa Clara, CA
11. Astros Rod Boxberger RHP University of Southern California
12. Tigers Kirk Gibson OF Michigan State University
13. Cubs Bill Hayes C Indiana State University
14. Angels Tom Brunansky OF West Covina, CA
15. Cardinals Robert Hicks 1B Pensacola, FL
16. Twins Lenny Faedo SS Tampa, FL
17. Reds Nick Esasky SS Carol City, FL
18. Yankees Rex Hudler SS Fresno, CA
19. Pirates Brad Garnett 1B DeSoto, TX
20. Athletics Tim Conroy LHP Monroeville, PA
21. Pirates Gerry Aubin OF Albany, GA
22. Orioles Robert Boyce 3B Cincinnati, OH
23. Phillies Rip Rollins 1B-RHP Sparta, NC
24. Yankees Matt Winters OF Williamsville, NY
25. Royals Buddy Biancalana SS Greenbrae, CA
26. Yankees Brian Ryder RHP Shrewsbury, MA

1978 First Round Draft Picks



The players who DO NOT have links to their Major League statistics DID NOT make it to the Major League level.

On July 7, 1986 , Bob Horner , who was signed for $175,000 by the Braves in 1978, hit four home runs during the same game .

Future All-Stars not selected during the first round of the 1978 Amateur Draft included Kirk Gibson , Kent Hrbek , Lloyd Moseby , Cal Ripken, Jr. and Dave Stieb .

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