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1990 Major League Baseball draft

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1990 Major League Baseball draft
General information
Date(s)June 1990
1,487 total selections
First selectionChipper Jones
Atlanta Braves
First round selections40
Hall of Famers
← 1989
1991 →
Number 1 pick in the 1990 draft and MLB Hall of Fame member Chipper Jones.

The 1990 Major League Baseball draft was held in June 1990.[1] The draft placed amateur baseball players onto major league teams. 1,487 players were distributed to 26 teams. The draft consisted of first round selections, supplemental first round selections, compensation picks, and many more rounds, in fact, it went a record 101 rounds with 40 first round selections. With a league-worst record of 65 wins and 97 losses[2] in the 1989 MLB Season, the Atlanta Braves selected shortstop, Chipper Jones out of the Bolles School with the first pick of the draft. Nine NBA and NFL players were drafted in 1990. Seven of the first 10 picks were selected directly out of high school.

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First-round selections

The following are the first-round picks in the 1990 Major League Baseball draft.[3]

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer
Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
1 Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves SS The Bolles School (FL)
2 Tony Clark Detroit Tigers OF Christian High School (CA)
3 Mike Lieberthal Philadelphia Phillies C Westlake High School (CA)
4 Alex Fernandez Chicago White Sox RHP Miami Dade College
5 Kurt Miller Pittsburgh Pirates RHP West High School (CA)
6 Marc Newfield Seattle Mariners 1B Marina High School (CA)
7 Dan Wilson Cincinnati Reds C Minnesota
8 Timothy Costo Cleveland Indians SS Iowa
9 Ronnie Walden Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Blanchard High School (OK)
10 Carl Everett New York Yankees OF Hillsborough High School (FL)
11 Shane Andrews Montreal Expos SS Carlsbad High School (NM)
12 Todd Ritchie Minnesota Twins RHP Duncanville High School (TX)
13 Donovan Osborne St. Louis Cardinals LHP UNLV
14 Todd Van Poppel Oakland Athletics[Compensation 1] RHP Martin High School (TX)
15 Adam Hyzdu San Francisco Giants[Compensation 2] OF Cincinnati
16 Daniel Smith Texas Rangers LHP Creighton
17 Jeromy Burnitz New York Mets OF Oklahoma State
18 Aaron Holbert St. Louis Cardinals[Compensation 3] SS Jordan High School (CA)
19 Eric Christopherson San Francisco Giants[Compensation 4] C San Diego State
20 Mike Mussina Baltimore Orioles RHP Stanford
21 Thomas Nevers Houston Astros[Compensation 5] SS Edina High School (MN)
22 Steve Karsay Toronto Blue Jays RHP Christ the King Regional High School (NY)
23 Lance Dickson Chicago Cubs LHP Arizona
24 Rondell White Montreal Expos[Compensation 6] OF Jones County High School (GA)
25 Robert Beckett San Diego Padres[Compensation 7] LHP McCallum High School (TX)
26 Donald Peters Oakland Athletics RHP St. Francis College

Supplemental first round selections

Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
27 Mike Zimmerman Pittsburgh Pirates[Compensation 8] RHP South Alabama
28 Gabe White Montreal Expos[Compensation 9] RHP Sebring High School (FL)
29 Midre Cummings Minnesota Twins[Compensation 10] OF Miami Edison Senior High School (FL)
30 Paul Ellis St. Louis Cardinals[Compensation 11] C UCLA
31 Brian Williams Houston Astros[Compensation 12] RHP South Carolina
32 Scott Sanders San Diego Padres[Compensation 13] RHP Nicholls State
33 Marcus Jensen San Francisco Giants[Compensation 14] C Skyline High School (CA)
34 Dave Zancanaro Oakland Athletics[Compensation 15] LHP UCLA
35 Stan Spencer Montreal Expos[Compensation 16] RHP Stanford
36 Kirk Dressendorfer Oakland Athletics[Compensation 17] RHP Texas
37 Ben Van Ryn Montreal Expos[Compensation 18] LHP East Noble High School (IN)
38 Tony Manahan Seattle Mariners SS Arizona State
39 Samuel Hence Cleveland Indians OF Stone High School (MS)
40 Stan Robertson Montreal Expos OF Plainview High School (TX)

Compensation picks

  1. ^ Pick from Milwaukee Brewers as compensation for signing of free agent Dave Parker
  2. ^ Pick from Houston Astros as compensation for signing of free agent Ken Oberkfell
  3. ^ Pick from Boston Red Sox as compensation for signing of free agent Tony Peña
  4. ^ Pick from San Diego Padres as compensation for signing of free agent Craig Lefferts
  5. ^ Pick from San Francisco Giants as compensation for signing of free agent Kevin Bass
  6. ^ Pick from California Angels as compensation for signing of free agent Mark Langston
  7. ^ Pick from Kansas City Royals as compensation for signing of free agent Mark Davis
  8. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Jim Gott
  9. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Mark Langston
  10. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Jeff Reardon
  11. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Tony Peña
  12. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Kevin Bass
  13. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Mark Davis
  14. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Craig Lefferts
  15. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Storm Davis
  16. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Hubie Brooks
  17. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Dave Parker
  18. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Pascual Perez


The draft went a record 101 rounds, surpassing 1989's total of 88, and included a record 1,487 selections. The Astros had the most selections with a 100. Seattle followed second with 75. The 1990 draft included two Class A clubs, the Erie Sailors of the New York–Penn League and the Miami Miracle of the Florida State League. Rule 4 draft regulations permitted minor league clubs to participate. Erie made one selection, 24-year-old Brigham Young outfielder Gary Daniels. Miami made 16 selections, signing 15 of them, including All-American outfielder Paul Carey of Stanford in the fourth round. Atlanta made Chipper Jones, a high school shortstop from the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, the draft's top pick. Detroit followed by picking outfielder Tony Clark out of Christian High School in El Cajon, California. The top three picks and seven of the top 10 choices were out of high school.

In the weeks leading up to the draft, the Atlanta Braves, awarded the top selection after finishing with the league's worst record from the year before, had narrowed down their options and were still largely undecided on whom they would take. One name most frequently mentioned was Todd Van Poppel, a right-handed prep pitcher who could scrape triple-digits with his fastball. Van Poppel, however, adamantly stated that he would not sign with the club if they drafted him, and fell to 14th overall due to his massive signing bonus demands. The Braves instead chose a shortstop from Jacksonville's Bolles School named Chipper Jones, who would go on to be not just one of the greatest draft picks of all time, but one of the consensus greatest third basemen and switch-hitters in baseball history. Van Poppel, on the other hand, found very little success in the majors, and professional hitters exploited the lack of movement on his fastball and erratic command. Jones' endearing, easygoing Southern persona and remarkable consistency over his nearly 20-year career (all as a Brave) earned him a first ballot Hall of Fame selection.[4]

Other notable players

† All-Star
‡ Hall of Fame

NFL/NBA players drafted


  1. ^ "MLB Draft 2017 Results - Baseball America". Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "1990 Major League Baseball Standings & Expanded Standings |". Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "MLB First Round Draft picks - 1990". Retrieved July 25, 2008.
  4. ^ "Background on the 1990 MLB Draft". Archived from the original on June 21, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2008.

External links

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