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+ MLB Drafts 1965-2016
  • 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
    2016 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%
    2016Mickey MoniakOFPhiladelphia Phillies121673.93%
    2015Dansby SwansonSSArizona Diamondbacks121572.67%
    2014Brady AikenPHouston Astros121571.85%
    2013Mark AppelPHouston Astros121668.26%
    2012Carlos CorreaSSHouston Astros123765.64%
    2011Gerrit ColePPittsburgh Pirates153065.16%
    2010Bryce HarperOFWashington Nationals152266.89%
    2009Stephen StrasburgPWashington Nationals151966.43%
    2008Tim BeckhamSSTampa Bay Rays150067.20%
    2007David PricePTampa Bay Rays145366.76%
    2006Luke HochevarPKansas City Royals150264.25%
    2005Justin UptonssArizona Diamondbacks150063.73%
    2004Matt BushSSSan Diego Padres149866.62%
    2003Delmon YoungOFTampa Bay Rays148062.84%
    2002Bryan BullingtonPPittsburgh Pirates148161.51%
    2001Joe MauerCMinnesota Twins148356.64%
    2000Adrian Gonzalez1BFlorida Marlins145157.13%
    1999Josh HamiltonOFTampa Bay Rays147456.78%
    1998Pat Burrell1BPhiladelphia Phillies144653.04%
    1997Matt AndersonPDetroit Tigers160751.40%
    1996Kris BensonPPittsburgh Pirates174054.54%
    1995Darin ErstadOFCalifornia Angels166652.88%
    1994Paul WilsonPNew York Mets170754.25%
    1993Alex RodriguezSSSeattle Mariners172154.15%
    1992Phil Nevin3BHouston Astros141258.92%
    1991Brien TaylorPNew York Yankees160057.44%
    1990Chipper JonesSSAtlanta Braves148960.04%
    1989Ben McDonaldPBaltimore Orioles149058.86%
    1988Andy BenesPSan Diego Padres143363.29%
    1987Ken GriffeyOFSeattle Mariners126566.01%
    1986Jeff KingSS-3BPittsburgh Pirates89162.29%
    1985B.J. SurhoffSS-CMilwaukee Brewers83270.79%
    1984Shawn AbnerOFNew York Mets83969.25%
    1983Tim BelcherPMinnesota Twins82766.26%
    1982Shawon DunstonSSChicago Cubs83262.74%
    1981Mike MoorePSeattle Mariners85363.19%
    1980Darryl StrawberryOFNew York Mets83458.27%
    1979Al ChambersOFSeattle Mariners87055.98%
    1978Bob Horner3BAtlanta Braves77950.96%
    1977Harold Baines1B-OFChicago White Sox77548.65%
    1976Floyd BannisterPHouston Astros71343.62%
    1975Danny GoodwinCCalifornia Angels67939.62%
    1974Bill AlmonSSSan Diego Padres68938.03%
    1973David ClydePTexas Rangers74737.48%
    1972Dave Roberts3BSan Diego Padres79136.28%
    1971Danny GoodwinCChicago White Sox80326.03%
    1970Mike IvieCSan Diego Padres92929.92%
    1969Jeff BurroughsOFWashington Senators II104129.20%
    1968Tim FoliSSNew York Mets91328.81%
    1967Ron Blomberg1BNew York Yankees97523.59%
    1966Steve ChilcottCNew York Mets83341.54%
    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

    Palomar College - Texas Tech - Pensacola State College - Oral Roberts - Bowling Green State - San Jose City College - Chabot College - Oregon - Laney College - Walters State CC - Texas Christian - Pasadena City College - St. Petersburg College - Chipola College - North Carolina
    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
    Kearny (CA) - 15
    Lakeland Christian (FL) - 19
    Green Valley (NV) - 28
    Forest Hill (FL) - 17
    East Lake (FL) - 15
    St. Francis (CA) - 21
    George Washington (NY) - 26
    Midwest City (OK) - 19
    Clearwater (FL) - 22
    Jupiter Community (FL) - 16
    Gulliver Prep (FL) - 17
    St. John Bosco (CA) - 16
    Cordova (CA) - 25
    Escambia (FL) - 20
    Oviedo (FL) - 15
    San Fernando (CA) - 15
    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 $25 with customized datasets available for a little bit more, depending on complexity.
    Draft Research Form
    These are just some of the fields available for research within the historical draft database. There are many more on the Research page.
    Drafting Team:
    Top 50 Signing Bonuses
    TBC has signing bonuses for most picks in the top ten rounds.
    1Yoan Moncada2015Boston Red Sox$ 31,500,000
    2Hector Olivera2015Los Angeles Dodgers$ 28,000,000
    3Yadier Alvarez2015Los Angeles Dodgers$ 16,000,000
    4Yusniel Diaz2015Los Angeles Dodgers$ 15,500,000
    5Byung-Ho Park2015Minnesota Twins$ 12,850,000
    6Matt White1996Tampa Bay Rays$ 10,200,000
    7Alex Guerrero2013Los Angeles Dodgers$ 10,000,000
    8Jose Abreu2013Chicago White Sox$ 10,000,000
    9Yoan Lopez2015Arizona Diamondbacks$ 8,250,000
    10Roberto Baldoquin2014Los Angeles Angels$ 8,000,000
    11Gerrit Cole2011Pittsburgh Pirates$ 8,000,000
    12Bubba Starling2011Kansas City Royals$ 7,500,000
    13Stephen Strasburg2009Washington Nationals$ 7,500,000
    14Kris Bryant2013Chicago Cubs$ 6,708,400
    15Carlos Rodon2014Chicago White Sox$ 6,582,000
    16Dansby Swanson2015Arizona Diamondbacks$ 6,500,000
    17Mark Appel2013Houston Astros$ 6,350,000
    18Danny Hultzen2011Seattle Mariners$ 6,350,000
    19Bryce Harper2010Washington Nationals$ 6,250,000
    20Donavan Tate2009San Diego Padres$ 6,250,000
    21Nick Senzel2016Cincinnati Reds$ 6,200,000
    22Tim Beckham2008Tampa Bay Rays$ 6,150,000
    23Justin Upton2005Arizona Diamondbacks$ 6,100,000
    24Mickey Moniak2016Philadelphia Phillies$ 6,100,000
    25Byron Buxton2012Minnesota Twins$ 6,000,000
    26Anthony Rendon2011Washington Nationals$ 6,000,000
    27Lucius Fox2015San Francisco Giants$ 6,000,000
    28Tyler Kolek2014Miami Marlins$ 6,000,000
    29Pedro Alvarez2008Pittsburgh Pirates$ 6,000,000
    30Eric Hosmer2008Kansas City Royals$ 6,000,000
    31Dustin Ackley2009Seattle Mariners$ 6,000,000
    32Matt Wieters2007Baltimore Orioles$ 6,000,000
    33Jose Contreras2002New York Yankees$ 6,000,000
    34Alex Bregman2015Houston Astros$ 5,900,000
    35Jameson Taillon2010Pittsburgh Pirates$ 5,600,000
    36David Price2007Tampa Bay Rays$ 5,600,000
    37Jacob Turner2009Detroit Tigers$ 5,500,000
    38Brendan Rodgers2015Colorado Rockies$ 5,500,000
    39Joe Borchard2000Chicago White Sox$ 5,300,000
    40Manny Machado2010Baltimore Orioles$ 5,250,000
    41Zach Lee2010Los Angeles Dodgers$ 5,250,000
    42Josh Bell2011Pittsburgh Pirates$ 5,000,000
    43Hyun-Jin Ryu2012Los Angeles Dodgers$ 5,000,000
    44Archie Bradley2011Arizona Diamondbacks$ 5,000,000
    45Ichiro Suzuki2000Seattle Mariners$ 5,000,000
    46Nomar Mazara2011Texas Rangers$ 4,950,000
    47Riley Pint2016Colorado Rockies$ 4,800,000
    48Carlos Correa2012Houston Astros$ 4,800,000
    49Jon Gray2013Colorado Rockies$ 4,800,000
    50Mark Prior2001Chicago Cubs$ 4,600,000

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