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Baseball Draft History

+ MLB Drafts 1965-2017
  • 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
    2017 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%
    2017Royce LewisSSMinnesota Twins121574.07%
    2016Mickey MoniakOFPhiladelphia Phillies121673.93%
    2015Dansby SwansonSSArizona Diamondbacks121572.67%
    2014Brady AikenPHouston Astros121571.85%
    2013Mark AppelPHouston Astros121668.26%
    2012Carlos CorreaSSHouston Astros123665.70%
    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 Padres149966.64%
    2003Delmon YoungOFTampa Bay Rays148062.84%
    2002Bryan BullingtonPPittsburgh Pirates148161.51%
    2001Joe MauerCMinnesota Twins148456.67%
    2000Adrian Gonzalez1BFlorida Marlins145157.13%
    1999Josh HamiltonOFTampa Bay Rays147456.78%
    1998Pat Burrell1BPhiladelphia Phillies144653.04%
    1997Matt AndersonPDetroit Tigers160751.40%
    1996Kris BensonPPittsburgh Pirates174154.57%
    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

    NC State - Dallas Baptist - Arizona - Long Beach State - College of the Canyons - Cal Poly Pomona - Southern Miss - Maryland - Florida Atlantic - College of San Mateo - Richmond - Georgia Perimeter College - Laney College - Riverside CC - Ranger College
    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
    Riverview (FL) - 31
    Regis Jesuit (CO) - 16
    Walton (GA) - 18
    George Washington (NY) - 26
    San Fernando (CA) - 15
    Bullard (CA) - 28
    Miami Springs (FL) - 16
    Merritt Island (FL) - 15
    Claremont (CA) - 18
    Seminole (FL) - 31
    Gahr (CA) - 21
    Northeast (FL) - 18
    Wilson (CA) - 20
    El Capitan (CA) - 25
    Clovis West (CA) - 15
    Palm Desert (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
    3Aroldis Chapman2010Cincinnati Reds$ 16,250,000
    4Yadier Alvarez2015Los Angeles Dodgers$ 16,000,000
    5Yusniel Diaz2015Los Angeles Dodgers$ 15,500,000
    6Yasmany Tomas2014Arizona Diamondbacks$ 14,000,000
    7Byung-Ho Park2015Minnesota Twins$ 12,850,000
    8Yasiel Puig2012Los Angeles Dodgers$ 12,000,000
    9Matt White1996Tampa Bay Rays$ 10,200,000
    10Jose Abreu2013Chicago White Sox$ 10,000,000
    11Alex Guerrero2013Los Angeles Dodgers$ 10,000,000
    12Yoan Lopez2015Arizona Diamondbacks$ 8,250,000
    13Roberto Baldoquin2014Los Angeles Angels$ 8,000,000
    14Gerrit Cole2011Pittsburgh Pirates$ 8,000,000
    15Bubba Starling2011Kansas City Royals$ 7,500,000
    16Erisbel Arruebarrena2014Los Angeles Dodgers$ 7,500,000
    17Stephen Strasburg2009Washington Nationals$ 7,500,000
    18Hunter Greene2017Cincinnati Reds$ 7,230,000
    19Brendan McKay2017Tampa Bay Rays$ 7,005,000
    20Kyle Wright2017Atlanta Braves$ 7,000,000
    21Royce Lewis2017Minnesota Twins$ 6,725,000
    22Kris Bryant2013Chicago Cubs$ 6,708,400
    23MacKenzie Gore2017San Diego Padres$ 6,700,000
    24Carlos Rodon2014Chicago White Sox$ 6,582,000
    25Dansby Swanson2015Arizona Diamondbacks$ 6,500,000
    26Mark Appel2013Houston Astros$ 6,350,000
    27Danny Hultzen2011Seattle Mariners$ 6,350,000
    28Donavan Tate2009San Diego Padres$ 6,250,000
    29Bryce Harper2010Washington Nationals$ 6,250,000
    30Jose Iglesias2009Boston Red Sox$ 6,250,000
    31Nick Senzel2016Cincinnati Reds$ 6,200,000
    32Tim Beckham2008Tampa Bay Rays$ 6,150,000
    33Justin Upton2005Arizona Diamondbacks$ 6,100,000
    34Mickey Moniak2016Philadelphia Phillies$ 6,100,000
    35Jorge Soler2012Chicago Cubs$ 6,000,000
    36Anthony Rendon2011Washington Nationals$ 6,000,000
    37Lucius Fox2015San Francisco Giants$ 6,000,000
    38Tyler Kolek2014Miami Marlins$ 6,000,000
    39Byron Buxton2012Minnesota Twins$ 6,000,000
    40Matt Wieters2007Baltimore Orioles$ 6,000,000
    41Pedro Alvarez2008Pittsburgh Pirates$ 6,000,000
    42Eric Hosmer2008Kansas City Royals$ 6,000,000
    43Dustin Ackley2009Seattle Mariners$ 6,000,000
    44Jose Contreras2002New York Yankees$ 6,000,000
    45Alex Bregman2015Houston Astros$ 5,900,000
    46Jameson Taillon2010Pittsburgh Pirates$ 5,600,000
    47David Price2007Tampa Bay Rays$ 5,600,000
    48Jacob Turner2009Detroit Tigers$ 5,500,000
    49Brendan Rodgers2015Colorado Rockies$ 5,500,000
    50Rusney Castillo2014Boston Red Sox$ 5,400,000

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