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 1984 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.
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First Round Draft Picks
|#||Selected By||Name||Position||College or High School|
|1.||Mets||Shawn Abner||OF||Mechanicsburg, PA|
|2.||Mariners||Bill Swift||RHP||University of Maine|
|3.||Cubs||Drew Hall||LHP||Morehead State University|
|4.||Indians||Cory Snyder||SS||Brigham Young University|
|5.||Reds||Pat Pacillo||RHP||Seton Hall University|
|6.||Angels||Erik Pappas||C||Chicago, IL|
|7.||Cardinals||Mike Dunne||RHP||Bradley University|
|8.||Twins||Jay Bell||SS||Pensacola, FL|
|9.||Giants||Alan Cockrell||OF||University of Tennessee|
|10.||Athletics||Mark McGwire||1B||University of Southern California|
|12.||Rangers||Oddibe McDowell||OF||Arizona State University|
|13.||Expos||Bob Caffrey||C||Cal State Fullerton|
|14.||Red Sox||John Marzano||C||Temple University|
|15.||Pirates||Kevin Andersh||LHP||University of New Mexico|
|16.||Royals||Scott Bankhead||RHP||University of North Carolina|
|17.||Astros||Don August||RHP||Chapman College|
|18.||Brewers||Isaiah Clark||SS||Crockett, TX|
|19.||Braves||Drew Denson||1B-OF||Cincinnati, OH|
|20.||White Sox||Tony Menendez||RHP||Carol City, FL|
|21.||Phillies||Pete Smith||RHP||Burlington, MA|
|23.||Dodgers||Dennis Livingston||LHP||Oklahoma State University|
|24.||Giants||Terry Mulholland||LHP||Marietta College|
|25.||Orioles||John Hoover||RHP||Fresno State University|
|26.||White Sox||Tom Hartley||OF||Vancouver, WA|
|1984 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 New York Mets signed Shawn Abner for $150,000, but he made it to The Show three years later with the San Diego Padres.
Did you know that sixteen of the twenty-six players drafted during the 1984 Amateur Draft were on the Team USA Olympic squad?