1984 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 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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1984

First Round Draft Picks

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
11. Padres Shane Mack OF UCLA
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
22. Yankees Jeff Pries RHP UCLA
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
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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?

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