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First round selections

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The following are the first round picks in the 1979 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
1 Al Chambers Seattle Mariners OF Harrisburg, PA
2 Tim Leary New York Mets RHP UCLA
3 Jay Schroeder Toronto Blue Jays C Pacific Palisades, CA
4 Brad Komminsk Atlanta Braves OF Lima, OH
5 Juan Bustabad * Oakland Athletics SS Hialeah, FL
6 Andy Van Slyke St. Louis Cardinals OF New Hartford, NY
7 Jon Bohnet Cleveland Indians LHP Vallejo, CA
8 John Mizerock Houston Astros C Punxsutawney, PA
9 Steve Buechele * Chicago White Sox SS Fullerton, CA
10 Tim Wallach Montreal Expos 1B Cal State Fullerton
11 Kevin Brandt Minnesota Twins OF Nekoosa, WI
12 Jon Perlman Chicago Cubs RHP Baylor University
13 Rick Leach Detroit Tigers OF University of Michigan
14 Joe Lansford San Diego Padres 1B San Jose, CA
15 Scott Garrelts San Francisco Giants[Compensation 1] RHP Buckley, IL
16 Steve Howe Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 2] LHP University of Michigan
17 Jerry Don Gleaton Texas Rangers LHP University of Texas at Austin
18 Rick Luecken * San Francisco Giants RHP Houston, TX
19 Rick Seilheimer Chicago White Sox[Compensation 3] C Brenham, TX
20 Dan Lamar Cincinnati Reds[Compensation 4] C Houston, TX
21 Atlee Hammaker Kansas City Royals LHP East Tennessee State University
22 Mike Sullivan Cincinnati Reds RHP Clemson University
23 Chris Baker Detroit Tigers[Compensation 5] OF Dearborn Heights, MI
24 Bob Geren San Diego Padres[Compensation 6] C San Diego, CA
25 Steve Perry Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 7] RHP University of Michigan
26 Mike Stenhouse * Oakland Athletics[Compensation 8] OF Harvard University

* Did not sign

Compensation Picks

  1. ^ Pick from California Angels as compensation for signing of free agent Jim Barr
  2. ^ Pick from Pittsburgh Pirates as compensation for signing of free agent Lee Lacy
  3. ^ Pick from Baltimore Orioles as compensation for signing of free agent Steve Stone
  4. ^ Pick from Philadelphia Phillies as compensation for signing of free agent Pete Rose
  5. ^ Pick from Milwaukee Brewers as compensation for signing of free agent Jim Slaton
  6. ^ Pick from Los Angeles Dodgers as compensation for signing of free agent Derrel Thomas
  7. ^ Pick from New York Yankees as compensation for signing of free agent Tommy John
  8. ^ Pick from Boston Red Sox as compensation for signing of free agent Steve Renko


The 1979 draft may long be remembered as the year of the football player. Among future NFL players drafted by baseball teams were Dan Marino and John Elway (Kansas City), Jack Thompson (Seattle), Curt Warner (Philadelphia), Kevin House (St. Louis) and Jay Schroeder (Toronto). Michigan quarterback Rick Leach was drafted by the Tigers in the first round and went on to a major league career.

The number one pick in the June draft went to Seattle, which selected high school outfielder Al Chambers. Perhaps the biggest steal in the draft was the Yankees' selection of Don Mattingly in the 19th round.

Other significant selections in the draft were Tim Wallach (Montreal), Steve Howe (Los Angeles), Atlee Hammaker (Kansas City), Andy Van Slyke (St. Louis), Brett Butler (Atlanta), Pete O'Brien (Texas), Von Hayes (Cleveland), Marty Barrett (Boston) and Gary Gaetti (Minnesota).[2]

Other notable players



  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0963718983.  

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Preceded by
Bob Horner
1st Overall Picks
Al Chambers
Succeeded by
Darryl Strawberry


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