The Major League player draft has been held every year since 1965. Clubs select in reverse order of their won-loss records from the previous regular season with National League and American League teams alternating. American League teams select first in odd-numbered years while National League teams go first in even-numbered years.
The pool of draftees consists of graduated high school players, junior or senior college players, Junior college players and anyone over the age of twenty-one. Listed below are the number one selections from every draft, sorted by year of draft. Included in the chart are their primary position played (when drafted), the team they were drafted by, and the Major League Baseball Press Release (P.R.) where applicable.
" Delmon Young's impressive history of success and promise for the future led the Devil Rays on Tuesday (June 3, 2003) to make him the number one selection." - Major League Baseball (MLB Press Conference, 2003 Draft)
In Chronological Order | Baseball Draft History
Steve Chilcott was the first catcher selected as a number one draft pick and Ron Blomberg was the first first-baseman selected as a number one draft pick—remaining firsts by position can be easily determined using the chart above.
|Secondary Draft & Additional Regular Draft #1 Picks|
|1966||Don Lohse||Stan Bell||Bill Frost||Pete Varney|
|1967||Alec DiStaso||Pete Varney||Mike Adamson||n/a|
|1968||George Hendrick||Eric Soderholm||Dave Lemonds||n/a|
|1969||Derrel Thomas||Wayne Garland||Rich Hand||n/a|
|1970||Chris Chambliss||Bill Fahey||Dave Kingman||n/a|
|1971||Dave Hilton||Bob Jones||Pete Broberg||Pete Varney|
|1972||Eric Raich||Bob Koeppel||Bob Lesslie||n/a|
|1973||Alan Bannister||Dick Ruthven||Mark Mercer||n/a|
|1974||Roy Smalley||Dave Hasbach||Mike Gatlin||n/a|
|1975||Gene Richards||Barry Bonnell||Denny Walling||n/a|
|1976||Steve Kemp||Pete Redfern||Gerald Price||n/a|
|1977||Calvin Adams||Bill Scherrer||Frank Ferroni||n/a|
|1978||Mike Lebo||Joe Isaacs||Jim Watkins||n/a|
|1979||Neal Heaton||Mark Davis||Marty Barrett||n/a|
|1980||Colin McLaughlin||Juan Bustabad||Jeff Heathcock||n/a|
|1981||Jim Rooney||Harry McCulia||Donnie Hill||n/a|
|1982||Kash Beauchamp||Danny Jackson||Kevin Towers||n/a|
|1983||Ted Langdon||Tracy Jones||Oddibe McDowell||n/a|
|1984||Calvin Jones||Tim Belcher||Tommy Hinzo||n/a|
|1985||Ricky Nelson||Todd Stottlemyre||Eric Hetzel||n/a|
|1986||Jeff Shaw||Toby Nivens||Alex Jimenez||n/a|
David Clyde was the first pitcher selected as a number one draft pick in 1973, by the Texas Rangers who passed over Eddie Murray , Robin Yount , Fred Lynn , and Dave Winfield . In 1984, the New York Mets chose Shawn Abner over Mark McGwire , Greg Maddux , Tom Glavine and Ken Caminiti . Learn about other similar instances & share those trades & transactions you know about on Baseball Fever today.