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 1982 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.
"I owe him (Shawon Dunston) a lot. Nobody would have known how good I was at digging balls out of the dirt if it wasn't for him and all those bad throws." - Cubs Firstbaseman Mark Grace
First Round Draft Picks
|#||Selected By||Name||Position||College or High School|
|1.||Cubs||Shawon Dunston||SS||Brooklyn, NY|
|2.||Blue Jays||Augie Schmidt||SS||University of New Orleans|
|3.||Padres||Jimmy Jones||RHP||Dallas, TX|
|4.||Twins||Bryan Oelkers||LHP||Wichita State University|
|5.||Mets||Dwight Gooden||RHP||Tampa, FL|
|6.||Mariners||Spike Owen||SS||University of Texas|
|7.||Pirates||Sam Khalifa||SS||Tucson, AZ|
|8.||Angels||Bob Kipper||LHP||Aurora, IL|
|9.||Braves||Duane Ward||RHP||Farmington, NM|
|10.||Royals||John Morris||OF||Seton Hall University|
|11.||Giants||Steve Stanicek||1B||University of Nebraksa|
|12.||Indians||Mark Snyder||RHP||Knoxville, TN|
|13.||Phillies||John Russell||C-OF||University of Oklahoma|
|14.||White Sox||Ron Karkovice||C||Orlando, FL|
|15.||Astros||Steve Swain||OF||El Cajon, CA|
|16.||Red Sox||Sam Horn||1B||San Diego, CA|
|17.||Cubs||Tony Woods||SS||Whittier College|
|18.||Red Sox||Rob Parkins||RHP||Cerritos, CA|
|19.||Dodgers||Franklin Stubbs||1B||Virginia Tech|
|20.||Tigers||Rich Monteleone||RHP||Tampa, FL|
|21.||Cardinals||Todd Worrell||RHP||Biola College|
|22.||Reds||Scott Jones||LHP||Hinsdale, IL|
|23.||Reds||Bill Hawley||RHP||West Columbia, SC|
|24.||Orioles||Joe Kucharski||RHP||University of South Carolina|
|25.||Brewers||Dale Sveum||SS||Pinole, CA|
|26.||Red Sox||Jeff Ledbetter||1B-OF||Florida State University|
|1982 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.
The Chicago Cubs paid Shawon Dunston $100,000 to sign directly out of High School where he batted .790 during his senior year.