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 1983 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 guy (Roger Clemens) was blessed with a thirty-one million dollar arm and a pea-sized brain." - Sportswriter Mike Barnicle in The Boston Herald (1996)
First Round Draft Picks
|#||Selected By||Name||Position||College or High School|
|1.||Twins||Tim Belcher||RHP||Mt. Vernon Nazarene College|
|2.||Reds||Kurt Stillwell||SS||Thousand Oaks, CA|
|3.||Rangers||Jeff Kunkel||SS||Rider University|
|4.||Mets||Eddie Williams||3B||San Diego, CA|
|5.||Athletics||Stan Hilton||RHP||Baylor University|
|6.||Cubs||Jackie Davidson||RHP||Everman, TX|
|7.||Mariners||Darrel Akerfelds||RHP||Mesa College|
|8.||Astros||Robbie Wine||C||Oklahoma State University|
|9.||Blue Jays||Matt Stark||C||Hacienda Heights, CA|
|10.||Padres||Ray Hayward||LHP||Oklahoma State University|
|11.||Indians||Dave Clark||OF||Jackson State University|
|12.||Pirates||Ron DeLucchi||OF||Moraga, CA|
|13.||White Sox||Joel Davis||RHP||Jacksonville, FL|
|14.||Expos||Rich Stoll||RHP||University of Michigan|
|15.||Tigers||Wayne Dotson||RHP||Lubbock, TX|
|16.||Expos||Brian Holman||RHP||Wichita, KA|
|17.||Mariners||Terry Bell||C||Old Dominion University|
|18.||Dodgers||Erik Sonberg||LHP||Wichita State University|
|19.||Red Sox||Roger Clemens||RHP||University of Texas|
|20.||Mets||Stan Jefferson||OF||Bethune-Cookman College|
|21.||Royals||Gary Thurman||OF||Indianapolis, IN|
|22.||Phillies||Ricky Jordan||1B||Sacramento, CA|
|23.||Angels||Mark Doran||OF||University of Wisconsin|
|24.||Cardinals||Jim Lindeman||3B||Bradley University|
|25.||Orioles||Wayne Wilson||RHP||Redondo Beach, CA|
|26.||Brewers||Dan Plesac||LHP||North Carolina State University|
|1983 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 Minnesota Twins might have chosen Tim Belcher with their first pick, but they were unable to sign him to a Major League deal so he remained in college until he graduated in 1987.
Did you know that Tim Belcher was not the first player selected as a first round / first pick to remain in school? Review the 1971 Amateur Draft for complete details and an amazing fact about that particular player.