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 1997 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.
"In that sense, failure was good. In my faith and belief, you're going to have your trials and your troubles, but what you do with them is what makes you the player and the person that you are. I know this year exactly where I stand and how to go about things." - J.D. Drew (2001)
First Round Draft Picks
|#||Selected By||Name||Position||College or High School|
|1.||Tigers||Matt Anderson||RHP||Rice University|
|2.||Phillies||J.D. Drew||OF||Florida State University|
|4.||Giants||Jason Grilli||RHP||Seton Hall University|
|5.||Blue Jays||Vernon Wells||OF||Arlington, TX|
|6.||Mets||Geoff Goetz||LHP||Tampa, FL|
|7.||Royals||Dan Reichert||RHP||University of the Pacific|
|8.||Pirates||J.J. Davis||1B||Pomona, CA|
|9.||Twins||Michael Cuddyer||SS||Chesapeake, VA|
|10.||Cubs||Jon Garland||RHP||Granada Hills, CA|
|11.||Athletics||Chris Enochs||RHP||West Virginia University|
|12.||Marlins||Aaron Akin||RHP||Cowley Community College|
|13.||Brewers||Kyle Peterson||RHP||Stanford University|
|14.||Reds||Brandon Larson||SS||Louisiana State University|
|15.||White Sox||Jason Dellaero||SS||University of South Florida|
|16.||Astros||Lance Berkman||1B||Rice University|
|17.||Red Sox||John Curtice||LHP||Chesapeake, VA|
|18.||Rockies||Mark Mangum||RHP||Kingwood, TX|
|19.||Mariners||Ryan Anderson||LHP||Westland, MI|
|20.||Cardinals||Adam Kennedy||SS||Cal State Northridge|
|21.||Athletics||Eric DuBose||LHP||Mississippi State University|
|22.||Orioles||Jayson Werth||C||Chatham, IL|
|23.||Expos||Donnie Bridges||RHP||Hattiesburg, MS|
|24.||Yankees||Tyrell Godwin||OF||Elizabethtown, NC|
|25.||Dodgers||Glenn Davis||1B||Vanderbilt University|
|26.||Orioles||Darnell McDonald||OF||Englewood, CO|
|27.||Padres||Kevin Nicholson||SS||Stetson University|
|28.||Indians||Tim Drew||RHP||Hahira, GA|
|29.||Braves||Troy Cameron||SS||Ft. Lauderdale, FL|
|30.||Diamondbacks||Jack Cust||1B||Flemington, NJ|
|31.||Devil Rays||Jason Standridge||RHP||Trussville, AL|
|1997 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.
Baseball America magazine rated Matt Anderson as the top pitching prospect in college baseball thanks to his 10-1 record and 1.82 earned run average.
The 1997 Amateur Draft marked the first time where two brothers were selected during the first round: J.D. Drew was taken 2nd overall by the Philadelphia Phillies and his brother, Tim Drew , was chosen 28th by the Cleveland Indians .