1973 Major League Baseball Draft

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First round selections[edit]

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The following are the first round picks in the 1973 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
1 David Clyde Texas Rangers LHP Houston, TX
2 John Stearns Philadelphia Phillies c University of Colorado
3 Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers SS Woodland Hills, CA
4 David Winfield San Diego Padres OF University of Minnesota
5 Glenn Tufts Cleveland Indians 1B Bridgewater, MA
6 Johnnie LeMaster San Francisco Giants SS Paintsville, KY
7 Billy Taylor Los Angeles Angels OF Savannah, GA
8 Gary Roenicke Montreal Expos SS West Covina, CA
9 Lew Olsen Kansas City Royals RHP Alamo, CA
10 Pat Rockett Atlanta Braves SS San Antonio, TX
11 Eddie Bane Minnesota Twins LHP Arizona State University
12 Joe Edelen St. Louis Cardinals 3B-RHP Gracemont, OK
13 Doug Heinold New York Yankees RHP Victoria, TX
14 Lee Mazzilli New York Mets OF Brooklyn, NY
15 Mike Parrott Baltimore Orioles RHP Camarillo, CA
16 Jerry Tabb Chicago Cubs 1B University of Tulsa
17 Ted Cox Boston Red Sox SS Midwest City, OK
18 Ted Farr Los Angeles Dodgers C Spokane, WA
19 Charles Bates Detroit Tigers 1B Cal State Los Angeles
20 Calvin Portley Houston Astros SS Longview, TX
21 Steve Swisher Chicago White Sox C Ohio University
22 Charles Kessler Cincinnati Reds OF Claremont, CA
23 Randy Scarbery Oakland Athletics RHP University of Southern California
24 Steve Nicosia Pittsburgh Pirates C North Miami Beach, FL

* Did not sign

Background[edit]

Four dominating players of the late 70s and 80s were selected in the June regular phase. Infielder Robin Yount (Milwaukee) and outfielder Dave Winfield (San Diego) were first-rounders, while outfielder Fred Lynn (Boston) and infielder Eddie Murray (Baltimore) were second and third-round selections, respectively.

Winfield stepped off the University of Minnesota campus -- where he lettered in three sports -- and into the Padres' outfield. He was one of three players from this draft to go directly into the bigs. Highly-touted David Clyde was chosen by Texas as the nation's number one pick. He jumped from high school to the majors and won his first game as a Ranger shortly thereafter. But the hard-throwing left-hander developed arm problems and had a short-lived career. Besides Clyde and Winfield, Arizona State's Eddie Bane (Minnesota, 11th overall) went directly to the majors. Other selections of interest included Mike Flanagan (Baltimore), Jack Clark (San Francisco), who was drafted as a pitcher, and Lee Mazzilli (New York Mets). In the January secondary phase, Dick Ruthven (Philadelphia), Jim Sundberg (Texas) and Donnie Moore (Chicago Cubs), who was drafted as an outfielder, were chosen.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "MLB First Round Draft Picks - 1973". Retrieved 2008-10-28. 

References[edit]

Preceded by
Dave Roberts
1st Overall Picks
David Clyde
Succeeded by
Bill Almon