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The First Year in which a draft took place for Major League Baseball


First Round Selections

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer
Pick Player Team Position School
1 Rick Monday Athletics OF Arizona State University
2 Les Rohr Mets LHP Billings, MT
3 Joe Coleman Senators RHP Natick, MA
4 Alex Barrett Astros SS Winton, CA
5 Billy Conigliaro Red Sox OF Swampscott, MA
6 Rick James Cubs RHP Florence, AL
7 Ray Fosse Cleveland Indians C Marion, IL
8 John Wyatt Dodgers SS Bakersfield, CA
9 * Eddie Leon Twins SS University of Arizona
10 Doug Dickerson Pirates OF Birmingham, AL
11 Jim Spencer Detroit Tigers 1B Glen Burnie, MD
12 Dick Grant Braves 1B Watertown, MA
13 Gene Lamont Tigers C Kirkland, IL
14 Al Gallagher Giants 3B Santa Clara University
15 Scott McDonald Orioles RHP Yakima, WA
16 Bernie Carbo Reds 3B Garden City, MI
17 Ken Plesha White Sox C Notre Dame University
18 * Mike Adamson Phillies RHP San Diego, CA
19 Bill Burbach Yankees RHP Dickeyville, WI
20 Joe DiFabio Cardinals RHP Delta State University

* Did not sign


In Major League Baseball's first Free Agent Amateur Draft, the Kansas City Athletics selected Arizona State sophomore Rick Monday as the number one pick. Kansas City also chose 10 future major leaguers, including Sal Bando (6th round) and Gene Tenace (11th round), building the base for the Athletics' championship teams of the early 1970s.

A total of 813 players were selected. Some of the more significant picks were catcher Johnny Bench by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round, pitcher Nolan Ryan by the New York Mets in the twelfth round, and infielder Graig Nettles by Minnesota in the fourth round. The first player to reach the majors was pitcher Joe Coleman, the Washington Senators' first pick and third pick overall. Two players fall in the category of the ones who got away -- Los Angeles selected pitcher Tom Seaver in the 24th round only to have him return to the University of Southern California campus, and Baltimore chose catcher Carlton Fisk in the 37th round, but was unable to sign him. In fact, of the 70 players the Orioles selected, only three eventually played in the big leagues.[1]

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Preceded by
1st Overall Picks
Rick Monday
Succeeded by
Steve Chilcott


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