Number One Draft Picks

Every Major League Baseball Player Selected 1st Overall in MLB Draft

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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

" 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)

#1 Draft Picks in the Baseball Draft

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In Chronological Order | Baseball Draft History

OF
Steve Chilcott
C
1B
IF
OF
C
C
IF
P
IF
C
P
OF
3B
OF
OF
P
SS
P
OF
C
IF
OF
P
P
SS
Brien Taylor
P
3B
SS
P
OF
P
P
IF
OF
1B
C
P
RF
SS
SS
P
P
SS
P
OF
P
SS
Mark Appel
P
Brady Aiken
P
SS
Mickey Moniak
OF
Royce Lewis
SS
Casey Mize
P
Adley Rutschman
C
To Be Determined
2020
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To Be Determined
#1 Draft Picks | Grey = Non-MLB Players | Bold = HOF
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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.

From 1965-1986 there were secondary drafts or additional regular drafts held after the June draft. Here are the number draft picks from each of those drafts:

Secondary Draft & Additional Regular Draft #1 Picks
Year January
Regular
January
Secondary
June
Secondary
Other
1965 n/a n/a n/a Bob Yodice
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.

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