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First-Year Player Draft History

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1990

The draft went a record 101 rounds, surpassing 1989's total of 88, and included a record 1,487 selections. The Astros led all clubs with 100 selections. Seattle was second with 75, followed by the Yankees (74), Montreal (71) and Atlanta (67). The 1990 draft included two Class AA 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, FL, the draft's top pick. Detroit followed by picking outfielder Tony Clark out of Christian High School in El Cajon, CA. The top three picks and seven of the top 10 choices were out of high school.

Todd Van Poppel, a 6-5 right-handed pitcher from Martin High School in Arlington, Texas was singled out as one of the top prospects prior to the draft, but he complicated the picture by stating his desire to attend the University of Texas. Thirteen clubs passed on Van Poppel until Oakland selected him. On July 16th, Van Poppel signed with the Athletics.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1.BravesChipper JonesSSPierson, FL
2.TigersTony ClarkOFEl Cajon, CA
3.PhilliesMike LieberthalCWestlake, CA
4.White SoxAlex FernandezRHPMiami-Dade South CC
5.PiratesKurt MillerRHPBakersfield, CA
6.MarinersMarc Newfield1BHuntington Beach, CA
7.RedsDaniel WilsonCU of Minnesota
8.IndiansTimothy CostoSSU of Iowa
9.DodgersRonnie WaldenLHPBlanchard, OK
10.YankeesCarl EverettOFTampa, FL
11.ExposDarrell AndrewsSS-RHPCarlsbad, NM
12.TwinsTodd RitchieRHPDuncanville, TX
13.CardinalsDonovan OsborneLHPU of Nevada
14.AthleticsTodd Van PoppelRHPArlington, TX
15.GiantsAdam HyzduOFCincinnati, OH
16.RangersDaniel SmithLHPCreighton U
17.MetsJeromy BurnitzOFOklahoma State U
18.CardinalsAaron HolbertSSLong Beach, CA
19.GiantsEric ChristophersonCSan Diego State U
20.OriolesMichael MussinaRHPStanford U
21.AstrosThomas NeversSSEdina, MN
22.Blue JaysSteve KarsayRHPCollege Point, NY
23.CubsLance DicksonLHPU of Arizona
24.ExposRondell WhiteOFGray, GA
25.PadresRobert BeckettLHPAustin, TX
26.AthleticsDonald PetersRHPCollege of St. Francis

1991

For the third consecutive year, the Houston Astros set a record for the number of selections by an individual club with 101. Overall, the draft saw a record 1,599 selections.

The number of college selections (927) also was an all-time high. The New York Yankees made Brien Taylor, a left-hander from Beaufort, NC, the number one pick overall. Atlanta followed by selecting Arizona State outfielder Mike Kelly and Minnesota chose outfielder David McCarty of Stanford third overall. Three of the top five picks were out of high school, yet high school selections made up only 46 percent of the first round and 42 percent of the entire draft.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1.YankeesBrien TaylorLHPBeaufort, NC
2.BravesMike KellyOFArizona State U
3.TwinsDavid McCartyOFStanford U
4.CardinalsDmitri YoungSSCamarillo, CA
5.BrewersJames HendersonRHPRinggold, GA
6.AstrosJohn BurkeRHPU of Florida
7.RoyalsJoseph VitielloOFU of Alabama
8.PadresJohns HamiltonRHPGeorgia Southern U
9.OriolesMark SmithOFU of Southern California
10.PhilliesTyler GreenRHPWichita State U
11.MarinersAaron EstesLHPGardnerville, NV
12.CubsDouglas GlanvilleOFU of Pennsylvania
13.IndiansManuel RamirezOFNew York, NY
14.ExposCornelius Floyd1BMarkham, IL
15.BrewersTyrone HillLHPYucaipa, CA
16.Blue JaysShawn GreenOFSanta Ana, CA
17.AngelsEduardo Perez1BFlorida State U
18.MetsAlfred ShirleyOFGeorge Washington U
19.RangersBenjamin GilSSSan Diego, CA
20.RedsCalvin ReeseSSColumbia, SC
21.CardinalsAllen WatsonLHPNew York Institute
22.CardinalsBrian BarberRHPOrlando, FL
23.Red SoxAaron SeleRHPWashington State U
24.PiratesJonathan FarrellOFFlorida CC
25.White SoxScott RuffcornRHPBaylor U
26.AthleticsBrent GatesSSU of Minnesota

1992

A rule change made earlier in the year limited the 1992 draft to 50 rounds. The Houston Astros made Phil Nevin, a 21-year-old junior at Cal-State Fullerton, the number one pick. Nevin, a third baseman, was named 1992 Collegiate Player of the Year by Baseball America while leading the Titans to an appearance in the College World Series.

The 1992 draft also marked the first time that Colorado and Florida, the National League's 1993 expansion teams, were allowed to participate in the amateur draft. The Rockies selected University of Florida right-hander John Burke with the 27th pick in the first round, while the Marlins chose Charles Johnson, a catcher from the University of Miami, as the 28th and final first round pick.

The first high school player selected was SS Derek Jeter from Kalamazoo, MI, by the New York Yankees. Jeter, who won A.L. Rookie of the Year honors in 1996, was a key component of the Yankees' world championship clubs in 1996 and 1998.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1.AstrosPhil Nevin3BCal State Fullerton
2.IndiansPaul ShueyRHPU of North Carolina
3.ExposBilly WallaceLHPMississippi State U
4.OriolesJeffrey HammondsOFStanford U
5.RedsChad MottolaOFCentral Florida U
6.YankeesDerek JeterSSKalamazzo, MI
7.GiantsCalvin MurrayOF-3BU of Texas
8.AngelsPete JanickiRHPU of California
9.MetsPreston WilsonSS-OFBamberg, SC
10.RoyalsMichael TuckerSS-2BLongwood College
11.CubsDerek WallaceRHPPepperdine U
12.BrewersKenneth FelderOFFlorida State U
13.PhilliesChad McConnellOFCreighton U
14.MarinersRonald VilloneLHPU of Massachusetts
15.CardinalsJonathan LoweRHPArizona State U
16.TigersRichard GreeneRHPLouisiana State U
17.RoyalsJames PittsleyRHPDubois, PA
18.MetsChristopher RobertsOF-LHPFlorida State U
19.Blue JaysShannon StewartOFMiami, FL
20.AthleticsMichael GrigsbyRHPSan Diego State U
21.BravesJames ArnoldRHPKissimmee, FL
22.RangersRicky HellingRHPStanford U
23.PiratesJason KendallCTorrance, CA
24.White SoxEddie Pearson3BBishop St JC
25.Blue JaysTodd SteversonOFArizona State U
26.TwinsDaniel SerafiniLHPSan Bruno, CA
27.RockiesJohn BurkeRHPU of Florida
28.MarlinsCharles JohnsonCU of Miami

1993

The Seattle Mariners made Alex Rodriguez, a 17-year-old shortstop from Westminster Christian High School in Miami, the top selection in the 1993 draft. Rodriguez batted .419 with 17 home runs, 70 RBI and 98 stolen bases in 100 games over three seasons, helping Westminster Christian to an 83-13-1 record during those years. Rodriguez was called up to the majors for the first time in 1994 and made an immediate impact as he became the third-youngest American League batting champion in 1996.

The 1,721 players selected set a new record for the June draft.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1.MarinersAlex RodriguezSSMiami, FL
2.DodgersDarren DreifortRHPWichita State U
3.AngelsBrian AndersonLHPWright State U
4.PhilliesWayne GomesRHPOld Dominion U
5.RoyalsJeff GrangerLHPTexas A&M U
6.GiantsSteve SoderstromRHPFresno State U
7.Red SoxTrot NixonOFWilmington, NC
8.MetsKirk PresleyRHPTupelo, MS
9.TigersMatt BrunsonSSEnglewood, CO
10.CubsBrooks KieschnickOF-RHPU of Texas
11.IndiansDaron KirkreitRHPU of Cal-Riverside
12.AstrosBilly WagnerLHPFerrum College
13.YankeesMatt DrewsRHPSarasota, FL
14.PadresDerrek Lee1BGranite Bay, CA
15.Blue JaysChris CarpenterRHPManchester, NH
16.CardinalsAlan BenesRHPCreighton U
17.White SoxScott ChristmanLHPOregon State U
18.ExposChris SchwabOFEagan, MN
19.OriolesJay PowellRHPMississippi State U
20.TwinsTorii HunterOFPine Bluff, AR
21.Twins*Jason VaritekCGeorgia Tech
22.PiratesCharles PetersonOFLaurens, SC
23.BrewersJeff D'AmicoRHPPinellas Park, FL
24.CubsJon RatliffRHPLeMoyne College
25.AthleticsJohn WasdinRHPFlorida State U
26.BrewersKelly WunschLHPTexas A&M
27.MarlinsMarc ValdesRHPU of Florida
28.RockiesJamey WrightRHPOklahoma City, OK

* Did not sign

1994

Right-handed pitcher Paul Wilson of Florida State University was the Mets' top draft choice and the number one selection overall in the 1994 draft.

Wilson, who was ranked as the number one draft prospect by Baseball America, was 11-5 with a 2.16 ERA in 17 games during the 1994 college season. He walked only 29 batters while striking out 144 in 125 innings pitched.

Ben Grieve, son of then-Texas Rangers general manager Tom Grieve, was the top high school draft pick, going to the Oakland Athletics as the second choice overall. Grieve went on to win the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award in 1998.

1,707 players were drafted in 98 rounds.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1.MetsPaul WilsonRHPFlorida State U
2.AthleticsBen GrieveOFArlington, TX
3.PadresDustin HermansonRHPKent State U
4.BrewersTony Williamson3BArizona State U
5.MarlinsJosh BootySSShreveport, LA
6.AngelsMcKay ChristensenOFClovis, CA
7.RockiesDoug MillionLHPSarasota, FL
8.TwinsTodd Walker2BLouisiana State U
9.RedsC.J. NitkowskiLHPSt. John's U
10.IndiansJaret WrightRHPAnaheim, CA
11.PiratesMark FarrisOFAngleton, TX
12.Red SoxNomar GarciaparraSSGeorgia Tech
13.DodgersPaul KonerkoCScottsdale, AZ
14.MarinersJason VaritekCGeorgia Tech
15.CubsJayson PetersonRHPDenver, CO
16.RoyalsMatt Smith1BGrants Pass, OR
17.AstrosRamon CastroCVega Baja, PR
18.TigersCade GasparRHPPepperdine U
19.CardinalsBret WagnerLHPWake Forest U
20.MetsTerrence Long1BMillbrook, AL
21.ExposHiram BocachicaSSBayamon, PR
22.GiantsDante PowellOFCal State Fullerton
23.PhilliesCarlton LoewerRHPMississippi State U
24.YankeesBrian Buchanan1BU of Virginia
25.AstrosScott ElartonRHPLamar, CO
26.White SoxMark JohnsonCWarner Robbins, GA
27.BravesJacob ShumateRHPHartville, SC
28.Blue JaysKevin WittSSJacksonville, FL

1995

Outfielder Darin Erstad of the University of Nebraska was the first pick in the 1995 Rule 4 Draft. Erstad compiled a career .356 average in three seasons with the Cornhuskers, including 41 runs and 182 RBI in 176 games. He was the first Big Eight player to be selected as the number one pick in a Major League Baseball Rule 4 Draft.

Among the first round selections was Kerry Wood, fourth overall by the Cubs. Wood made it to the majors in 1998 and won Rookie of the Year honors later that season. In just his fifth major league start, he tied the major league record of 20 strikeouts in a single game.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1.AngelsDarin ErstadOFU of Nebraska
2.PadresMark DavisCMalvern, PA
3.MarinersJose Cruz, Jr.OFRice U
4.CubsKerry WoodRHPGrand Prairie, TX
5.AthleticsAriel PrietoRHPPalm Springs, CA
6.MarlinsJamie JonesOFSan Diego, CA
7.RangersJonathan JohnsonRHPFlorida State U
8.RockiesTodd Helton1BU of Tennessee
9.BrewersGeoff JenkinsOFU of South California
10.PiratesChad HermansenSSHenderson, NV
11.TigersMike DrumrightRHPWichita State U
12.CardinalsMatt MorrisRHPSeton Hall U
13.TwinsMark RedmanLHPU of Oklahoma
14.PhilliesReggie TaylorOFNewberry, SC
15.Red SoxAndy YountRHPKingwood, TX
16.GiantsJoe FontenotRHPLafayette, LA
17.Blue JaysRoy HalladayRHPGolden, CO
18.MetsRyan JaroncykSSEscondido, CA
19.RoyalsJuan LebronOFArroyo, PR
20.DodgersDavid YocumLHPFlorida State U
21.OriolesAlvie ShepherdRHPU of Nebraska
22.AstrosTony McKnightRHPTexarkana, AR
23.IndiansDavid Miller1BClemson U
24.Red SoxCorey JenkinsOFColumbia, SC
25.White SoxJeff Liefer3BLong Beach State U
26.Braves*Chad HutchinsonRHPEncinitas, CA
27.YankeesShea MorenzOFU of Texas
28.ExposMichael BarrettSSPace Academy

* Did not sign

1996

Kris Benson and Billy Koch from Clemson University were selected first and fourth overall in the 1996 draft, marking the first time since 1978 and only the second time in history that two players from the same school were drafted in the top four selections. Benson - Baseball America's College Player of the Year and a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team - was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who made just their second number one pick ever, and Koch was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays. Four players drafted in the first round did not sign with their selecting clubs and were declared free agents according to Major League Rule 4. Travis Lee, chosen second overall by the Minnesota Twins, and John Patterson, selected fifth by the Montreal Expos, both signed with the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks. Matt White, the seventh pick by the San Francisco Giants, and Bobby Seay, the 12th selection by the Chicago White Sox, inked deals with the other expansion club, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

This draft marked the first-ever June Draft for Arizona and Tampa Bay, who would begin play in the 1998 season. With their first pick, 29th overall, the Devil Rays chose outfielder Paul Wilder from Raleigh, NC, while the Diamonbacks tabbed pitcher Nick Bierbrodt from Long Beach, CA with the 30th pick.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1.PiratesKris BensonRHPClemson U
2.TwinsTravis Lee1BSan Diego State U
3.CardinalsBraden LooperRHPWichita State U
4.Blue JaysBilly KochRHPClemson U
5.ExposJohn PattersonRHPOrange, TX
6.TigersSeth GreisingerRHPU of Virginia
7.GiantsMatt WhiteRHPWaynesboro, PA
8.BrewersChad GreenOFU of Kentucky
9.MarlinsMark KotsayOFCal State Fullerton
10.AthleticsEric Chavez3BSan Diego, CA
11.PhilliesAdam EatonRHPSnohomish, WA
12.White SoxBobby SeayLHPSarasota, FL
13.MetsRobert StrattonOFSanta Barbara, CA
14.RoyalsDermal BrownOFMarlboro, NY
15.PadresMatt HalloranSSFredericksburg, VA
16.Blue JaysJoe LawrenceSSLake Charles, LA
17.CubsTodd NoelRHPMaurice, LA
18.RangersR.A. DickeyRHPU of Tennessee
19.AstrosMark JohnsonRHPU of Hawaii
20.YankeesEric MiltonLHPU of Maryland
21.RockiesJake WestbrookRHPDanielsville, GA
22.MarinersGilbert MecheRHPLafayette, LA
23.DodgersDamian Rolls3BKansas City, KS
24.RangersSam MarsonekRHPTampa, FL
25.RedsJohn OliverOFLehman, PA
26.Red SoxJosh GarrettRHPRichland, IN
27.BravesA.J. Zapp1BGreenwood, IN
28.IndiansDanny Peoples1BU of Texas
29.Devil RaysPaul WilderOFRaleigh, NC
30.DiamondbacksNick BierbrodtLHPLong Beach, CA

1997

The Detroit Tigers made Rice University's Matt Anderson the first overall selection in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft. Rated as the top pitching prospect in college baseball by Baseball America, Anderson posted a 10-1 record with a 1.82 ERA.

The 1997 draft marked the first time in history that two brothers were selected in the first round. J.D. Drew was taken second overall by Philadelphia and his brother, Tim, was chosen 28th by Cleveland.

Stetson University's Kevin Nicholson, who is from Surrey, British Columbia, was selected 27th by San Diego and became the first player from Canada to be taken in the first round.

For the first time since 1972, two players from the same high school were chosen in the first round, Michael Cuddyer (9th by Minnesota) and John Curtice (17th by Boston) from Great Bridge HS in Chesapeake, Va.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1.TigersMatt AndersonRHPRice U
2.Phillies*J.D. DrewOFFlorida State U
3.AngelsTroy Glaus3BUCLA
4.GiantsJason GrilliRHPSeton Hall U
5.Blue JaysVernon WellsOFArlington, TX
6.MetsGeoff GoetzLHPTampa, FL
7.RoyalsDan ReichertRHPU of the Pacific
8.PiratesJ.J. Davis1BPomona, CA
9.TwinsMichael CuddyerSSChesapeake, VA
10.CubsJon GarlandRHPGranada Hills, CA
11.AthleticsChris EnochsRHPWest Virginia U
12.MarlinsAaron AkinRHPCowley County CC
13.BrewersKyle PetersonRHPStanford U
14.RedsBrandon LarsonSSLouisiana State U
15.White SoxJason DellaeroSSU of South Florida
16.AstrosLance Berkman1BRice U
17.Red SoxJohn CurticeLHPChesapeake, VA
18.RockiesMark MangumRHPKingwood, TX
19.MarinersRyan AndersonLHPWestland, MI
20.CardinalsAdam KennedySSCal State Northridge
21.AthleticsEric DuBoseLHPMississippi State U
22.OriolesJayson WerthCChatham, IL
23.ExposDonnie BridgesRHPHattiesburg, MS
24.Yankees*Tyrell GodwinOFElizabethtown, NC
25.DodgersGlenn Davis1BVanderbilt U
26.OriolesDarnell McDonaldOFEnglewood, CO
27.PadresKevin NicholsonSSStetson U
28.IndiansTim DrewRHPHahira, GA
29.BravesTroy CameronSSFt. Lauderdale, FL
30.DiamondbacksJack Cust1BFlemington, NJ
31.Devil RaysJason StandridgeRHPTrussville, AL

* Did not sign

1998

A rule change earlier in the year once again limited the draft to 50 rounds. The Philadelphia Phillies made Pat Burrell of the University of Miami (FL) the first overall selection in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft. Rated as the best pure hitter and the best power hitter in college baseball by Baseball America, Burrell hit .432 with 17 homers and 47 RBI in 35 games.

Among the high school players chosen was Sean Burroughs, son of former major leaguer Jeff Burroughs, by San Diego with the ninth selection.

The St. Louis Cardinals used the fifth selection on former Florida State star J.D. Drew, who was chosen second overall in 1997 but did not sign with the Phillies. Drew signed with the Cardinals in July and made his major league debut on September 8, 1998.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1.PhilliesPat Burrell1BU. of Miami (FL)
2.AthleticsMark MulderLHPMichigan State U.
3.CubsCorey PattersonOFKennesaw, GA
4.RoyalsJeff AustinRHPStanford U.
5.CardinalsJ.D. DrewOFNo School
6.TwinsRyan MillsLHPArizona State U.
7.RedsAustin KearnsRFLexington, KY
8.Blue JaysFelipe LopezSSAltamonta Springs, FL
9.PadresSean Burroughs3BLong Beach, CA
10.RangersCarlos Pena1BNortheastern U.
11.ExposJosh McKinleySSDowingtown, PA
12.Red SoxJeffrey EverettSSU. of South Carolina
13.BrewersJ.M. GoldRHPToms River, NJ
14.TigersJeff WeaverRHPFresno State U.
15.PiratesClinton JohnstonLHPVanderbilt U.
16.White SoxRobert WellsRHPBaylor U.
17.AstrosBrad LidgeRHPU. of Notre Dame
18.AngelsSeth EthertonRHPU. of Southern Cal.
19.GiantsAnthony Torcato3BWoodland, CA
20.IndiansCarsten SabathiaLHPVallejo, CA
21.MetsJason TynerCFTexas A&M U.
22.MarinersMatthew ThorntonLHPCentreville, MI
23.DodgersBubba CrosbyCFRice U.
24.YankeesAndrew BrownOFRichmond, IN
25.GiantsNathan BumpRHPPenn State U.
26.OriolesRick ElderOFMarietta, GA
27.MarlinsChip AmbresOFBeaumont, TX
28.RockiesMatt RoneyRHPEdmond, OK
29.GiantsArturo McDowellOFJackson, MS
30.RoyalsMatt BurchRHPVa. Commonwealth U.

1999

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays, with their first No. 1 selection in franchise history, made Josh Hamilton of Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, NC the first overall selection in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft. Hamilton was the first high school player taken first overall since Seattle chose Alex Rodriguez in 1993. In his senior year, Hamilton hit .529 with a school record 13 home runs and 35 RBI in 25 games.

First Round

 Pick Team Player Position College/Hometown
1.Devil RaysJosh HamiltonOFRaleigh, NC
2.MarlinsJosh BeckettRHPSpring, Texas
3.TigersEric MunsonCU. of Southern California
4.DiamondbacksCorey MyersSSScottsdale, AZ
5.TwinsB.J. GarbeOFMoses Lake, WA
6.ExposJosh GirdleyLHPJasper, Texas
7.RoyalsKyle SnyderRHPU. of North Carolina
8.PiratesBobby BradleyRHPW. Palm Beach, FL
9.AthleticsBarry ZitoLHPU. of Southern California
10.BrewersBen SheetsRHPNE Louisiana U.
11.MarinersRyan ChristiansonCRiverside, CA
12.PhilliesBrett MyersRHPJacksonville, FL
13.OriolesMike ParadisRHPClemson U.
14.RedsTy HowingtonLHPVancouver, WA
15.White SoxJason StummRHPCentralia, WA
16.RockiesJason JenningsRHPBaylor U.
17.Red SoxRick AsadoorianOFWhitinsville, MA
18.OriolesRichard StahlLHPCovington, GA
19.Blue JaysAlex Rios3B/OFGuaynabo, PR
20.PadresVince FaisonOFLyons, GA
21.OriolesLarry BigbieOFBall State U.
22.White SoxMatt GinterRHPMississippi State U.
23.OriolesKeith ReedOFProvidence College
24.GiantsKurt AinsworthRHPLouisiana State U.
25.RoyalsMike MacdougalRHPWake Forest U.
26.CubsBen ChristiansenRHPWichita State U.
27.YankeesDavid WallingRHPU. of Arkansas
28.PadresGerik BaxterRHPEdmonds, WA
29.PadresOmar OrtizRHPTexas-Pan Am U.
30.CardinalsChance CapleRHPTexas A&M U.