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AMATEUR DRAFT HISTORY


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The Baseball Amateur draft (Rule 4 Draft) was created in 1965 to promote relative fairness and parity among Major League franchises by creating an orderly method of distributing amateur players to teams in reverse order of the prior season's standings. Though there were originally several phases of the draft, it has been narrowed to one in-season draft in June which is held after the College and High School baseball seasons are complete or near completion. The draft is larger than other Pro sport drafts in terms of drafting rounds. There are currently 40 and in the past, teams could pick as many players as they liked under the draft-and-follow rules which meant that teams could have until the following season to sign their players based on their performance. Currently, teams must sign their players by mid-August.

Players are influenced to sign with their drafting team with signing bonuses that influence the player to turn pro. Unsigned High School players may turn to Junior or 4-year Colleges and College Juniors may return to college for their senior year if they choose not to sign, hoping to increase their bonus the following year. MLB provides a suggested bonus for each slot and teams are now provided with a bonus pool (similar to a salary cap) from which they can sign their players. Unsigned players go back into the draft for the following year.

To be eligible for the draft, a player must fit the following criteria:
  • Be a resident of the US, Canada or one of their territories.
  • Never signed a MLB or Minor League contract.
  • Be a high school player who has graduated and never attended college
  • Be a Junior at a 4-year college or at least 21 years of age.
  • Be a Junior College player in either his Freshman or Sophomore year


  • Find drafted players using the TBC Draft Research Tool


    Recent Draft History


    YearPlayerPosTeam
    2014Brady AikenPhou
    2013Mark AppelPhou
    2012Carlos CorreaSShou
    2011Gerrit ColePpit
    2010Bryce HarperOFwas
    2009Stephen StrasburgRHPwas
    2008Tim BeckhamSStba
    2007David PricePtba
    2006Luke HochevarPkca
    2005Justin Uptonssari
    2004Matt BushSSsdn
    2003Delmon YoungOFtba
    2002Bryan BullingtonPpit
    2001Joe MauerCmin
    2000Adrian Gonzalez1Bflo
    1999Josh HamiltonOFtba
    1998Pat Burrell1Bphi
    1997Matt AndersonPdet
    1996Kris BensonPpit
    1995Darin ErstadOFcal
    1994Paul WilsonPnyn
    1993Alex RodriguezSSsea
    1992Phil Nevin3Bhou
    1991Brien TaylorPnya
    1990Chipper JonesSSatl
    1989Ben McDonaldPbal
    1988Andy BenesPsdn
    1987Ken GriffeyOFsea
    1986Jeff KingSS-3Bpit
    1985B.J. SurhoffSS-Cmil
    1984Shawn AbnerOFnyn
    1983Tim BelcherPnya
    1982Shawon DunstonSSchn
    1981Mike MoorePsea
    1980Darryl StrawberryOFnyn
    1979Al ChambersOFsea
    1978Bob Horner3Batl
    1977Harold Baines1B-OFcha
    1976Floyd BannisterPhou
    1975Danny GoodwinCcal
    1974Bill AlmonSSsdn
    1973David ClydePtex
    1972Dave Roberts3Bsdn
    1971Danny GoodwinCcal
    1970Mike IvieCsdn
    1969Jeff BurroughsOFws2
    1968Tim FoliSSnyn
    1967Ron Blomberg1Bnya
    1966Steve ChilcottCnyn
    1965Rick MondayOFkc1


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