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Baseball Draft History

+ MLB Drafts 1965-2015
  • The Baseball Cube has compiled a database of all historical draft picks. All picks have their own page on the site with Professional and college statistics where available.
  • The Rule 4 Draft was developed to provide a fair way to assign amateur players to MLB organizations and to prevent teams with more money from having a signing advantage over available players.
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    Historical Amateur Drafts
    2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 1969 1968 1967 1966 1965
    Historical #1 Draft Picks
    Listing of #1 overall draft picks since 1965. Players in italics did not sign.
    Year#1 PickTeamPosPicksCollege%
    2015Dansby SwansonSSArizona Diamondbacks121572.51%
    2014Brady AikenPHouston Astros121571.85%
    2013Mark AppelPHouston Astros121668.26%
    2012Carlos CorreaSSHouston Astros123865.59%
    2011Gerrit ColePPittsburgh Pirates153065.03%
    2010Bryce HarperOFWashington Nationals152366.71%
    2009Stephen StrasburgPWashington Nationals152066.32%
    2008Tim BeckhamSSTampa Bay Rays150366.80%
    2007David PricePTampa Bay Rays145366.76%
    2006Luke HochevarPKansas City Royals150264.25%
    2005Justin UptonssArizona Diamondbacks150163.69%
    2004Matt BushSSSan Diego Padres149866.69%
    2003Delmon YoungOFTampa Bay Rays148062.84%
    2002Bryan BullingtonPPittsburgh Pirates148561.55%
    2001Joe MauerCMinnesota Twins148056.42%
    2000Adrian Gonzalez1BFlorida Marlins145157.00%
    1999Josh HamiltonOFTampa Bay Rays147456.72%
    1998Pat Burrell1BPhiladelphia Phillies144352.39%
    1997Matt AndersonPDetroit Tigers160750.78%
    1996Kris BensonPPittsburgh Pirates173654.44%
    1995Darin ErstadOFCalifornia Angels166452.94%
    1994Paul WilsonPNew York Mets170454.23%
    1993Alex RodriguezSSSeattle Mariners171654.20%
    1992Phil Nevin3BHouston Astros141258.92%
    1991Brien TaylorPNew York Yankees159957.47%
    1990Chipper JonesSSAtlanta Braves147059.66%
    1989Ben McDonaldPBaltimore Orioles148858.74%
    1988Andy BenesPSan Diego Padres143363.15%
    1987Ken GriffeyOFSeattle Mariners126265.85%
    1986Jeff KingSS-3BPittsburgh Pirates88962.09%
    1985B.J. SurhoffSS-CMilwaukee Brewers83270.67%
    1984Shawn AbnerOFNew York Mets83869.33%
    1983Tim BelcherPMinnesota Twins82666.22%
    1982Shawon DunstonSSChicago Cubs83162.70%
    1981Mike MoorePSeattle Mariners85363.19%
    1980Darryl StrawberryOFNew York Mets83258.17%
    1979Al ChambersOFSeattle Mariners87055.86%
    1978Bob Horner3BAtlanta Braves77950.96%
    1977Harold Baines1B-OFChicago White Sox77548.65%
    1976Floyd BannisterPHouston Astros71342.78%
    1975Danny GoodwinCCalifornia Angels67739.73%
    1974Bill AlmonSSSan Diego Padres68638.05%
    1973David ClydePTexas Rangers74537.72%
    1972Dave Roberts3BSan Diego Padres79035.44%
    1971Danny GoodwinCChicago White Sox79325.85%
    1970Mike IvieCSan Diego Padres92029.67%
    1969Jeff BurroughsOFWashington Senators II104129.11%
    1968Tim FoliSSNew York Mets91328.70%
    1967Ron Blomberg1BNew York Yankees97423.41%
    1966Steve ChilcottCNew York Mets83241.59%
    1965Rick MondayOFKansas City Athletics82442.96%
    Draft Picks by Franchise
    Arizona Diamondbacks
    Atlanta Braves
    Baltimore Orioles
    Boston Red Sox
    Chicago Cubs
    Chicago White Sox
    Cincinnati Reds
    Cleveland Indians
    Colorado Rockies
    Detroit Tigers
    Houston Astros
    Kansas City Royals
    Los Angeles Angels
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    Miami Marlins
    Milwaukee Brewers
    Minnesota Twins
    New York Mets
    New York Yankees
    Oakland Athletics
    Philadelphia Phillies
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    San Diego Padres
    San Francisco Giants
    Seattle Mariners
    St. Louis Cardinals
    Tampa Bay Rays
    Texas Rangers
    Toronto Blue Jays
    Washington Nationals
    Defaults to a list of recent first rounders in the draft research tool.
    Draft Picks by College
    Sampling of colleges with at least 50 draft picks. Click the school to view a full listing of draft picks

    Tennessee - South Alabama - Indian River CC - SUNY Orange - Polk State - West Valley College - USC - Louisville - Cowley College - Chabot College - Arkansas-Fort Smith - American River College - Palomar College - Pasco-Hernando CC - Northwestern
    Draft Picks by High School
    Sampling of High Schools with at least 15 draft picks. Click the school to view a full listing of draft picks
    Kennedy (CA) - 21
    Barbe (LA) - 16
    Granada Hills (CA) - 22
    Bishop Gorman (NV) - 15
    Muir (CA) - 20
    Apopka (FL) - 16
    Millikan (CA) - 33
    El Cerrito (CA) - 21
    Servite (CA) - 23
    Westchester (CA) - 29
    American Senior (FL) - 25
    Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (PR) - 93
    Lake Brantley (FL) - 22
    Jackson (FL) - 17
    Coral Park (FL) - 21
    Katella (CA) - 17
    Draft Data Notes
    TBC makes available an Excel version of the complete history of the Major League Baseball draft for $25. You can purchase this product, along with Signing Bonus data in our data store where most datasets are at a fixed cost of $25 with customized datasets available for a little bit more, depending on complexity.
    Draft Research Form
    These are just some of the fields available for research within the historical draft database. There are many more on the Research page.
    Drafting Team:
    Top 50 Signing Bonuses
    TBC has signing bonuses for most picks in the top ten rounds.
    1Matt White1996San Francisco Giants$ 10,200,000
    2Gerrit Cole2011Pittsburgh Pirates$ 8,000,000
    3Bubba Starling2011Kansas City Royals$ 7,500,000
    4Stephen Strasburg2009Washington Nationals$ 7,500,000
    5Kris Bryant2013Chicago Cubs$ 6,708,400
    6Carlos Rodon2014Chicago White Sox$ 6,582,000
    7Mark Appel2013Houston Astros$ 6,350,000
    8Danny Hultzen2011Seattle Mariners$ 6,350,000
    9Donavan Tate2009San Diego Padres$ 6,250,000
    10Bryce Harper2010Washington Nationals$ 6,250,000
    11Tim Beckham2008Tampa Bay Rays$ 6,150,000
    12Justin Upton2005Arizona Diamondbacks$ 6,100,000
    13Dustin Ackley2009Seattle Mariners$ 6,000,000
    14Tyler Kolek2014Miami Marlins$ 6,000,000
    15Byron Buxton2012Minnesota Twins$ 6,000,000
    16Pedro Alvarez2008Pittsburgh Pirates$ 6,000,000
    17Matt Wieters2007Baltimore Orioles$ 6,000,000
    18Eric Hosmer2008Kansas City Royals$ 6,000,000
    19Anthony Rendon2011Washington Nationals$ 6,000,000
    20Jameson Taillon2010Pittsburgh Pirates$ 5,600,000
    21David Price2007Tampa Bay Rays$ 5,600,000
    22Brendan Rodgers2015Colorado Rockies$ 5,500,000
    23Jacob Turner2009Detroit Tigers$ 5,500,000
    24Joe Borchard2000Chicago White Sox$ 5,300,000
    25Zach Lee2010Los Angeles Dodgers$ 5,250,000
    26Manny Machado2010Baltimore Orioles$ 5,250,000
    27Josh Bell2011Pittsburgh Pirates$ 5,000,000
    28Archie Bradley2011Arizona Diamondbacks$ 5,000,000
    29Jon Gray2013Colorado Rockies$ 4,800,000
    30Carlos Correa2012Houston Astros$ 4,800,000
    31Melvin Upton2002Tampa Bay Rays$ 4,600,000
    32Mark Prior2001Chicago Cubs$ 4,600,000
    33Kohl Stewart2013Minnesota Twins$ 4,544,400
    34Matt Purke2011Washington Nationals$ 4,400,000
    35Kevin Gausman2012Baltimore Orioles$ 4,320,000
    36Gavin Floyd2001Philadelphia Phillies$ 4,200,000
    37Alex Jackson2014Seattle Mariners$ 4,200,000
    38Dillon Tate2015Texas Rangers$ 4,200,000
    39Kyle Tucker2015Houston Astros$ 4,000,000
    40Mike Zunino2012Seattle Mariners$ 4,000,000
    41Mike Moustakas2007Kansas City Royals$ 4,000,000
    42Alex Gordon2005Kansas City Royals$ 4,000,000
    43Bryan Bullington2002Pittsburgh Pirates$ 4,000,000
    44Joe Mauer2001Minnesota Twins$ 4,000,000
    45Dylan Bundy2011Baltimore Orioles$ 4,000,000
    46Jered Weaver2004Anaheim Angels$ 4,000,000
    47Stephen Drew2004Arizona Diamondbacks$ 4,000,000
    48Josh Hamilton1999Tampa Bay Rays$ 3,960,000
    49Albert Almora2012Chicago Cubs$ 3,900,000
    50Tyler Matzek2009Colorado Rockies$ 3,900,000

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