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1987 Major League Baseball draft

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1987 Major League Baseball draft
First-round selections Ken Griffey Jr. (top left), Mike Harkey (top right), Jack McDowell (bottom left), and Mike Remlinger (bottom right).
General information
Date(s)June 2–4, 1987[1]
LocationCommissioner's office, New York[2]
1,263 total selections
First selectionKen Griffey Jr.
Seattle Mariners
First round selections32
Hall of Famers
← 1986
1988 →

The 1987 Major League Baseball draft is the process by which Major League Baseball (MLB) teams select athletes to play for their organization. High school seniors, college juniors and seniors, and anyone who had never played under a professional contract were considered eligible for the draft. The 1987 MLB Draft took place as a conference call to the Commissioner of Baseball's office in New York from June 2–4. As opposed to the National Football League Draft which appeared on ESPN, no network aired the MLB Draft.

The American League (AL) and the National League (NL) alternated picks throughout the first round; because an NL team drafted first in the 1986 MLB Draft, an AL team had the first selection in 1987. Having finished 67–95 in 1986, the Seattle Mariners had the worst record in the AL and thus obtained the first overall selection. The second selection went to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who had the worst record in the NL.

With the first overall pick, the Mariners drafted Ken Griffey Jr. from Moeller High School. Griffey Jr. became a 13-time All-Star and helped Seattle make its first postseason appearance in franchise history. Mark Merchant, the second overall pick, however, never played in a major league game. Two years after he was drafted, the Pirates traded Merchant to Seattle, where he got to meet Ken Griffey Jr. Chicago White Sox' first overall selection Jack McDowell won the 1993 Cy Young Award as Chicago made a League Championship Series appearance that year. The total number of athletes drafted, 1,263, broke a record for the most players ever chosen in a draft. In total, 27 All-Stars were selected in 1987, although not all signed a professional contract. As of 2020, only three players from the draft has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of FameCraig Biggio, Griffey, Jr, and Mike Mussina, though Mussina did not sign in this draft.

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As with prior drafts, the team with the worst overall record from the previous season selected first, with teams from the AL and NL alternating picks.[3] If two or more teams had the same record, the team with the worse record from two seasons prior would draft higher. Because the Pittsburgh Pirates of the NL selected first overall in 1986 Major League Baseball Draft, an AL team had the first pick in the 1987 draft. The final two selections in the first round both came from American League teams, as the AL had two more organizations than the NL.

The date of the draft was set for June 2–4, and would occur as a conference call to the Commissioner of Baseball's office in New York.[1][2] Unlike the 1987 NFL Draft, which aired on ESPN, no network televised the MLB draft.[2] High school seniors, college juniors and seniors, and anyone who had never played under a professional contract were considered eligible to be drafted. For the first time, junior college players would also be included in the June draft; in years past, teams would select junior college players in a separate draft.[2]

Selections could be transferred or added if a team signed a certain type of free agent: the Elias Sports Bureau ranked players as either type-A (top 30 percent of all players), type-B (31 percent to 50 percent), or type-C (51 percent to 60 percent), based on the athlete's performance over the past two seasons.[4] If a "type-A" player became a free agent, the team that lost the type-A player would receive the first-round draft pick from the team that signed the player, as well as a "sandwich pick" between the first and second rounds. If a "type-B" became a free agent, the team that lost him would receive a second-round pick from the team that signed the player. If a "type-C" became a free agent, the team that lost him would receive a compensation pick between the second and third rounds.[5] The top 13 selections were considered "protected picks" and exempt from this rule.[6]

With a record of 67–95, the Seattle Mariners ended the 1986 Major League Baseball season with the worst record in the AL and thus obtained the first overall selection.[7][8] The Mariners never had a winning record in the twelve years since the franchise's creation (their best winning percentage was .469, accomplished in 1982), and during the 1986 season, changed managers three times.[8][9] In the NL, the Pirates finished with the league's worst record for the second year in a row and were given the second overall pick. The 1986 World Series champion New York Mets drafted third-to-last, with the runner-up Boston Red Sox selecting last.

First two rounds

Table key
* Did not sign with team
§ All-Star
†§ Hall-of-Fame inductee and All-Star
Round Pick Player Selected by Position School
1 1 Ken Griffey Jr.†§ Seattle Mariners Outfielder  Moeller High School (OH)
1 2 Mark Merchant Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder Oviedo High School (FL)
1 3 Willie Banks Minnesota Twins Right-handed pitcher St. Anthony High School (NJ)
1 4 Mike Harkey Chicago Cubs Right-handed pitcher Cal State Fullerton
1 5 Jack McDowell§ Chicago White Sox Right-handed pitcher Stanford
1 6 Derek Lilliquist Atlanta Braves Left-handed pitcher Georgia
1 7 Chris Myers Baltimore Orioles Left-handed pitcher Plant High School (FL)
1 8 Dan Opperman Los Angeles Dodgers Right-handed pitcher Valley High School (NV)
1 9 Kevin Appier§ Kansas City Royals Right-handed pitcher Antelope Valley College
1 10 Kevin Garner San Diego Padres Right-handed pitcher Texas
1 11 Lee Tinsley Oakland Athletics Outfielder Shelby County High School (KY)
1 12 Delino DeShields Montreal Expos Shortstop Seaford Senior High School
1 13 Bill Spiers Milwaukee Brewers Shortstop Clemson
1 14 Cris Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals Right-handed pitcher Georgia
1 15 Brad Duvall*
[note 1]
Baltimore Orioles Right-handed pitcher Virginia Tech
1 16 Mike Remlinger§ San Francisco Giants Left-handed pitcher Dartmouth
1 17 Alex Sanchez Toronto Blue Jays Right-handed pitcher UCLA
1 18 Jack Armstrong§ Cincinnati Reds Right-handed pitcher Oklahoma
1 19 Brian Bohanon Texas Rangers Left-handed pitcher North Shore High School (TX)
1 20 Bill Henderson
[note 2]
Detroit Tigers Catcher Westminster Christian School (FL)
1 21 Steve Pegues Detroit Tigers Outfielder Pontotoc High School
1 22 Craig Biggio†§ Houston Astros Catcher Seton Hall
1 23 Bill Haselman
[note 3]
Texas Rangers Catcher University of California, Los Angeles
1 24 Chris Donnels New York Mets Third baseman Loyola Marymount
1 25 John Orton California Angels Catcher Cal Poly
1 26 Reggie Harris Boston Red Sox Right-handed pitcher Waynesboro High School
1 (supplemental) 27 Pete Harnisch§
[note 1]
Baltimore Orioles Right-handed pitcher Fordham
1 (supplemental) 28 Tyrone Kingwood
[note 4]
Montreal Expos Outfielder Imperial Valley College
1 (supplemental) 29 Mark Petkovsek
[note 3]
Texas Rangers Right-handed pitcher Texas
1 (supplemental) 30 Travis Fryman§
[note 2]
Detroit Tigers Shortstop J. M. Tate High School
1 (supplemental) 31 David Holdridge
[note 5]
California Angels Right-handed pitcher Ocean View High School
1 (supplemental) 32 Bob Zupcic
[note 6]
Boston Red Sox Outfielder Oral Roberts
2 33 Dave Burba Seattle Mariners Right-handed pitcher Ohio State
2 34 Ben Shelton Pittsburgh Pirates Left-handed pitcher Oak Park and River Forest High School
2 35 Terry Jorgensen Minnesota Twins Outfielder Wisconsin-Oshkosh
2 36 Nate Minchey
[note 4]
Montreal Expos Right-handed pitcher Pflugerville High School
2 37 Brent Knackert Chicago White Sox Right-handed pitcher Ocean View High School
2 38 Mike Urman Atlanta Braves Catcher Canoga Park High School
2 39 Todd Hundley§
[note 7]
New York Mets Catcher William Fremd High School
2 40 Donald Carroll Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder Granite Hills High School (CA)
2 41 Terry Shumpert Kansas City Royals Second baseman Kentucky
2 42 Roger Smithberg San Diego Padres Right-handed pitcher Bradley
2 43 Mike Erb
[note 5]
California Angels Right-handed pitcher San Diego State
2 44 Richie Lewis Montreal Expos Right-handed pitcher Florida State
2 45 Chris Johnson Milwaukee Brewers Right-handed pitcher Red Bank High School
2 46 Jeremy Hernandez St. Louis Cardinals Right-handed pitcher CSU Northridge
2 47 Albert Belle§ Cleveland Indians Outfielder LSU
2 48 Eric Gunderson San Francisco Giants Left-handed pitcher Portland State
2 49 Derek Bell Toronto Blue Jays Outfielder C. Leon King High School
2 50 Freddie Benavides Cincinnati Reds Shortstop TCU
2 51 Barry Manuel Texas Rangers Right-handed pitcher LSU
2 52 Matt Rambo Philadelphia Phillies Left-handed pitcher Plano High School (TX)
2 53 Rob Richie Detroit Tigers Outfielder Nevada
2 54 Randy Hennis Houston Astros Right-handed pitcher UCLA
2 55 Curt Krippner
[note 8]
Milwaukee Brewers Right-handed pitcher Texas
2 56 Pete Schourek New York Mets Left-handed pitcher George C. Marshall High School
2 57 Kevin Flora California Angels Shortstop Bonita High School
2 58 Paul Brown Boston Red Sox Left-handed pitcher Hawaii

Other players to reach MLB

The following players were drafted outside of the first two rounds and played in at least one major league game:

Round Pick Player Selected by Position School
3 60 Brian Williams* Pittsburgh Pirates Shortstop Lewisville High School
3 62 Alex Arias Chicago Cubs Third baseman George Washington High School
3 65 Anthony Telford Baltimore Orioles Right-handed pitcher San Jose State University
3 66 Chris Nichting Los Angeles Dodgers Right-handed pitcher Northwestern University
3 67 Stu Cole Kansas City Royals Shortstop University of North Carolina at Charlotte
3 69 Scott Livingstone* Oakland Athletics Third baseman Texas A&M University
3 70 John Vander Wal Montreal Expos Outfielder Western Michigan University
3 71 Jaime Navarro Milwaukee Brewers Right-handed pitcher Miami Dade College
3 72 Ray Lankford§ St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Modesto Junior College
3 74 Mike Benjamin San Francisco Giants Shortstop Arizona State University
3 77 Scott Coolbaugh Texas Rangers Third baseman University of Texas at Austin
3 78 Kim Batiste Philadelphia Phillies Shortstop St. Amant High School
4 86 Wes Chamberlain Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder Jackson State University
4 89 Steve Schrenk Chicago White Sox Right-handed pitcher North Marion High School
4 90 Keith Mitchell Atlanta Braves Outfielder Lincoln High School
4 91 Chuck Ricci Baltimore Orioles Right-handed pitcher Shawnee High School
4 95 Scott Chiamparino Oakland Athletics Right-handed pitcher Santa Clara University
4 98 Mike Ignasiak* St. Louis Cardinals Right-handed pitcher University of Michigan
4 103 Jonathan Hurst Texas Rangers Right-handed pitcher Spartanburg Methodist College
4 104 Ricky Trlicek Philadelphia Phillies Right-handed pitcher La Grange High School
4 105 Riccardo Ingram Detroit Tigers Outfielder Georgia Institute of Technology
4 109 Mark Holzemer California Angels Left-handed pitcher Mullen High School
5 115 Dan Rohrmeier Chicago White Sox Third baseman St. Thomas University
5 122 Archi Cianfrocco Montreal Expos Shortstop Purdue University
5 123 Steve Sparks Milwaukee Brewers Right-handed pitcher Sam Houston State University
5 124 Rod Brewer St. Louis Cardinals First baseman University of Florida
5 125 Tom Kramer Cleveland Indians Right-handed pitcher Roger Bacon High School
5 127 Mike Timlin Toronto Blue Jays Right-handed pitcher Southwestern University
5 129 Terry Mathews Texas Rangers Right-handed pitcher University of Louisiana at Monroe
5 131 Torey Lovullo Detroit Tigers Second baseman University of California, Los Angeles
6 137 Joe Slusarski* Seattle Mariners Right-handed pitcher University of New Orleans
6 139 Larry Casian Minnesota Twins Left-handed pitcher California State University, Fullerton
6 140 Frank Castillo Chicago Cubs Right-handed pitcher Eastwood High School
6 141 Jerry Kutzler Chicago White Sox Right-handed pitcher William Penn University
6 144 Darrin Fletcher§ Los Angeles Dodgers Catcher University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
6 146 Dave Hollins§ San Diego Padres Third baseman University of South Carolina
6 148 Greg Colbrunn Montreal Expos Third baseman Fontana High School
6 149 Charlie Montoyo Milwaukee Brewers Second baseman Louisiana Tech University
6 155 Kevin Belcher Texas Rangers Outfielder Navarro College
6 156 Doug Lindsey Philadelphia Phillies Catcher Seminole State College of Florida
7 164 Mickey Morandini§* Pittsburgh Pirates Shortstop Indiana University Bloomington
7 165 Mark Guthrie Minnesota Twins Left-handed pitcher Louisiana State University
7 166 Matt Franco Chicago Cubs Third baseman Westlake High School
7 170 Tony Barron Los Angeles Dodgers Third baseman Willamette University
7 174 Howard Farmer Montreal Expos Right-handed pitcher Jackson State University
7 180 Reggie Sanders§ Cincinnati Reds Shortstop Spartanburg Methodist College
7 181 Tony Scruggs Texas Rangers Outfielder University of California, Los Angeles
7 182 Donnie Elliott Philadelphia Phillies Right-handed pitcher Deer Park High School
7 185 Dave Eiland New York Yankees Right-handed pitcher University of South Florida
8 189 Eric Helfand* Seattle Mariners Catcher Patrick Henry High School
8 190 Kurt Knudsen* Pittsburgh Pirates Right-handed pitcher American River College
8 192 Matt Walbeck Chicago Cubs Catcher Sacramento Charter High School
8 194 Brian Hunter Atlanta Braves First baseman Cerritos College
8 198 Marty Cordova* San Diego Padres Shortstop Bishop Gorman High School
8 206 Jimmy Kremers* Cincinnati Reds Third baseman University of Arkansas
8 209 Derek Lee* Detroit Tigers Infielder University of South Florida
8 212 Tim Bogar New York Mets Shortstop Eastern Illinois University
8 214 Jim Byrd Boston Red Sox Shortstop Seminole State College of Florida
9 221 Jack Voigt Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Louisiana State University
9 226 Donovan Osborne* Montreal Expos Left-handed pitcher Carson High School
9 227 Frank Bolick Milwaukee Brewers Third baseman Georgia Institute of Technology
9 230 Gil Heredia San Francisco Giants Right-handed pitcher University of Arizona
9 231 Kevin King* Toronto Blue Jays Left-handed pitcher Braggs High School
9 233 Bert Heffernan* Texas Rangers Catcher Clemson University
9 238 Pat Howell New York Mets Outfielder Vigor High School
10 245 Rob Lukachyk Chicago White Sox Shortstop Brookdale Community College
10 255 Ever Magallanes Cleveland Indians Shortstop Texas A&M University
10 257 Darrell Whitmore* Toronto Blue Jays Shortstop Warren County High School
10 266 Jeff Plympton Boston Red Sox Right-handed pitcher University of Maine
11 273 Mike Mussina§* Baltimore Orioles Right-handed pitcher Montoursville High School
11 275 Kevin McGehee* Kansas City Royals Outfielder William R. Boone High School
11 277 Jerry Nielsen* Oakland Athletics Left-handed pitcher Florida State University
11 291 Rubén Amaro Jr. California Angels Outfielder Stanford University
11 292 Phil Plantier Boston Red Sox Third baseman Poway High School
12 295 Shawn Gilbert Minnesota Twins Shortstop California State University, Fresno
12 297 Buddy Groom Chicago White Sox Left-handed pitcher University of Mary Hardin–Baylor
12 314 Andy Mota Houston Astros Infielder California State University, Fullerton
13 323 Dwayne Hosey Chicago White Sox Outfielder
13 324 Mike Stanton§ Atlanta Braves Left-handed pitcher Alvin Community College
13 325 Steve Finley§ Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Southern Illinois University Carbondale
13 330 Rob Natal Montreal Expos Catcher University of California, San Diego
13 331 Troy O'Leary Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Cypress High School
13 335 Ryan Thompson Toronto Blue Jays Outfielder Kent County High School
13 342 Terry Bross New York Mets Right-handed pitcher St. John's University
14 350 David Nied Atlanta Braves Right-handed pitcher Duncanville High School
14 355 Ron Coomer§ Oakland Athletics Third baseman Taft College
14 362 Bill Risley Cincinnati Reds Right-handed pitcher Harry S Truman College
14 367 Gerald Williams New York Yankees Outfielder Grambling State University
15 388 Butch Henry Cincinnati Reds Left-handed pitcher El Paso High School
15 396 Desi Wilson* Boston Red Sox First baseman Glen Cove High School
16 405 Bobby Moore Kansas City Royals Outfielder Eastern Kentucky University
16 411 Steve Olin Cleveland Indians Right-handed pitcher Portland State University
16 418 Al Osuna Houston Astros Left-handed pitcher Stanford University
16 420 Eric Hillman New York Mets Left-handed pitcher Eastern Illinois University
17 424 Steve Carter Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder University of Georgia
17 425 Chip Hale Minnesota Twins Second baseman University of Arizona
17 445 Terry Bradshaw* New York Yankees Shortstop Windsor High School
18 449 Mike Gardiner Seattle Mariners Right-handed pitcher Indiana State University
18 455 David Segui Baltimore Orioles First baseman Louisiana Tech University
18 462 Tim Sherrill St. Louis Cardinals Left-handed pitcher University of Arkansas
18 464 Erik Johnson San Francisco Giants Shortstop University of California, Santa Barbara
18 465 Dave Haas* Toronto Blue Jays Right-handed pitcher Wichita State University
18 472 Denny Harriger New York Mets Right-handed pitcher Ford City High School
19 476 Mike Fyhrie* Pittsburgh Pirates Shortstop Ocean View High School
19 482 Rafael Bournigal Los Angeles Dodgers Infielder Florida State University
19 486 Jeff Carter Montreal Expos Right-handed pitcher University of Tampa
19 491 Bob MacDonald Toronto Blue Jays Left-handed pitcher Rutgers University
20 508 Jose Munoz Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop Florida College
20 511 Scott Brosius§* Oakland Athletics Third baseman Linfield College
20 513 Brian Turang* Milwaukee Brewers Catcher Long Beach City College
20 520 Jim Vatcher Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder California State University, Northridge
20 522 Dean Hartgraves Houston Astros Left-handed pitcher College of the Siskiyous
20 524 John Johnstone New York Mets Right-handed pitcher Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School
21 534 Dennis Springer Los Angeles Dodgers Right-handed pitcher California State University, Fresno
21 539 Mark Kiefer Milwaukee Brewers Right-handed pitcher Fullerton College
21 547 Mike Schwabe Detroit Tigers Right-handed pitcher Arizona State University
22 555 Dan Smith* Minnesota Twins Left-handed pitcher Apple Valley High School
22 559 Ray Giannelli* Baltimore Orioles Third baseman New York City College of Technology
22 567 Kevin Bearse Cleveland Indians Left-handed pitcher Old Dominion University
23 579 Pat Listach* Seattle Mariners Shortstop McLennan Community College
23 588 Paul Faries San Diego Padres Shortstop Pepperdine University
23 594 Mark Dewey San Francisco Giants Right-handed pitcher Grand Valley State University
24 617 Jeromy Burnitz§* Milwaukee Brewers Catcher Conroe High School
24 621 Erik Schullstrom* Toronto Blue Jays Right-handed pitcher Alameda High School
25 643 Chris Haney* Milwaukee Brewers Left-handed pitcher Orange County High School
25 645 Beau Allred Cleveland Indians Outfielder Lamar University
25 656 Jayhawk Owens* Boston Red Sox Catcher Glen Este High School
26 658 Bob Ayrault Pittsburgh Pirates Right-handed pitcher University of Nevada, Las Vegas
26 666 Alan Newman* San Diego Padres Left-handed pitcher La Habra High School
26 680 Dan Wilson§* New York Mets Catcher Barrington High School
26 682 Stan Spencer* Boston Red Sox Right-handed pitcher Columbia River High School
27 696 Toby Borland Philadelphia Phillies Right-handed pitcher Quitman High School
28 711 Bret Boone§* Minnesota Twins Shortstop El Dorado High School
28 726 Milt Hill Cincinnati Reds Right-handed pitcher Georgia Perimeter College
29 742 Zak Shinall Los Angeles Dodgers Right-handed pitcher El Camino College
29 746 Kevin Foster Montreal Expos Third baseman Evanston Township High School
30 777 Steve Wapnick Toronto Blue Jays Right-handed pitcher California State University, Fresno
30 782 Darryl Kile§ Houston Astros Right-handed pitcher Chaffey College
31 805 Kevin Mmahat Texas Rangers Left-handed pitcher Tulane University
32 821 Jim Campbell Kansas City Royals Left-handed pitcher San Diego State University
32 831 Rob Nen§ Texas Rangers Right-handed pitcher Los Alamitos High School
33 841 Fernando Ramsey Chicago Cubs Outfielder New Mexico State University
33 846 Jorge Pedre Kansas City Royals Catcher Los Angeles Harbor College
33 858 Rusty Meacham Detroit Tigers Right-handed pitcher Indian River State College
34 869 Kirk Dressendorfer* Baltimore Orioles Right-handed pitcher Pearland High School
34 870 Jim Poole* Los Angeles Dodgers Left-handed pitcher Georgia Institute of Technology
34 884 Scott Erickson§* Houston Astros Right-handed pitcher San Jose City College
35 902 Jimmy Myers San Francisco Giants Right-handed pitcher Crowder High School
35 905 Ed Pierce* Texas Rangers Outfielder Glendora High School
36 914 Craig Paquette* Minnesota Twins Third baseman Rancho Alamitos High School
36 929 Greg McCarthy Philadelphia Phillies Left-handed pitcher Central High School
37 938 Jeff Cirillo§* Chicago Cubs Right-handed pitcher Providence High School
37 952 Andy Carter Philadelphia Phillies Left-handed pitcher Springfield High School
37 954 Lance Dickson* Houston Astros Left-handed pitcher Grossmont High School
38 958 Todd Haney Seattle Mariners Second baseman University of Texas at Austin
38 961 Tom Thobe Chicago Cubs Left-handed pitcher Edison High School
38 978 Anthony Young New York Mets Right-handed pitcher University of Houston
41 1,034 Tim Costo* Cincinnati Reds Shortstop Glenbard Township High School
42 1,041 Gar Finnvold* Seattle Mariners Right-handed pitcher Palm Beach State College
42 1,057 James Mouton* New York Yankees Shortstop Luther Burbank High School
43 1,064 Mike James Los Angeles Dodgers Right-handed pitcher Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
45 1,097 Doug Simons* Los Angeles Dodgers Left-handed pitcher Pepperdine University
45 1,102 Darren Lewis* Toronto Blue Jays Outfielder Chabot College
45 1,103 Glenn Sutko Cincinnati Reds Catcher Spartanburg Methodist College
46 1,109 Jeff Darwin* Seattle Mariners Right-handed pitcher Bonham High School
47 1,136 Keith Osik* Texas Rangers Shortstop Shoreham-Wading River High School
48 1,152 Brad Ausmus§ New York Yankees Catcher Cheshire High School
49 1,159 Tim Laker* Kansas City Royals Catcher Simi Valley High School
52 1,190 James Hurst* Seattle Mariners Left-handed pitcher South Florida State College
53 1,199 Paul Miller Pittsburgh Pirates Right-handed pitcher Carthage College
57 1,223 Orlando Palmeiro* Toronto Blue Jays Outfielder Miami Southridge High School
58 1,226 Jeff Conine§* Kansas City Royals Third baseman University of California, Los Angeles
59 1,230 Mark Small* Kansas City Royals Right-handed pitcher West Seattle High School
65 1,247 Bret Barberie* Kansas City Royals Infielder Cerritos College
66 1,249 Erik Plantenberg* Kansas City Royals Right-handed pitcher Newport High School
70 1,258 Tom Marsh* Toronto Blue Jays Right-handed pitcher University of Toledo


The Kansas City Royals had the most picks of any team, with 74; following the Royals, the Toronto Blue Jays made 71, and the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets made 61 apiece. The total number of players drafted, 1,263, broke a record for the most players ever selected in a draft. The previous record of 1,162 was set during the 1967 draft.[13] The California Angels drafted the fewest future MLB players, with only four of their draftees appearing in an MLB game, while the Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers both drafted 13 future MLB players, the most of any team.

With their first overall pick, the Mariners selected Ken Griffey Jr., an outfielder from Moeller High School. Over his 22-year career, Griffey Jr. was elected to thirteen All-Star games, won seven Silver Slugger Awards, and helped Seattle make their first playoff appearance as a franchise during the 1995 season.[8][14] Mark Merchant, whom the Pirates drafted second overall, never played in an MLB game; two years after they drafted him, Pittsburgh traded Merchant to Seattle.[15][16] The Pirates made the playoffs for three consecutive seasons from 1990 to 1992 but lost in the National League Championship Series all three years.[17]


  1. ^ a b The Baltimore Orioles received the Cleveland Indians' first-round draft pick and a first-round sandwich pick for the loss of type-A free agent Rick Dempsey.[10]
  2. ^ a b The Detroit Tigers received the Philadelphia Phillies' first-round draft pick and a first-round sandwich pick for the loss of type-A free agent Lance Parrish.[6][11]
  3. ^ a b The Texas Rangers received the New York Yankees' first-round draft pick and a first-round sandwich pick for the loss of type-A free agent Gary Ward.[12]
  4. ^ a b The Montreal Expos received a first-round sandwich pick and the Chicago Cubs' second-round pick for the loss of type-A free agent Andre Dawson. Normally, the Cubs would have to forfeit their first-round pick to the Expos; however, since the Cubs had a top-13 draft choice, the team only had to forfeit their second-round selection.[6]
  5. ^ a b The California Angels received a first-round sandwich pick and the Oakland Athletics' second-round pick for the loss of type-A free agent Reggie Jackson. Normally, the Athletics would have to forfeit their first-round pick to the Angels; however, since the Athletics had a top-13 draft choice, the team only had to forfeit their second-round selection.[6][12]
  6. ^ The Boston Red Sox received a first-round sandwich pick because they failed to sign their 1986 first round selection, Greg McMurtry.[12]
  7. ^ The New York Mets received a second-round draft pick from the Baltimore Orioles for the loss of type-B free agent Ray Knight.[12]
  8. ^ The Milwaukee Brewers received a second-round draft pick from the New York Yankees for the loss of type-B free agent Rick Cerone.[12]



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