1976 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 1976 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
1 Floyd Bannister Houston Astros LHP Arizona State University
2 Pat Underwood Detroit Tigers LHP Kokomo, IN
3 Ken Smith Atlanta Braves 3B Youngstown, OH
4 Bill Bordley Milwaukee Brewers LHP Rolling Hills Estates, CA
5 Bob Owchinko San Diego Padres LHP Eastern Michigan University
6 Ken Landreaux California Angels OF Arizona State University
7 Herm Segelke Chicago Cubs RHP South Sacramento, CA
8 Steve Trout Chicago White Sox LHP South Holland, IL
9 Bob James Montreal Expos RHP Sunland, CA
10 Jamie Allen Minnesota Twins 3B-RHP Yakima, WA
11 Mark Kuecker San Francisco Giants SS Brenham, TX
12 Billy Simpson Texas Rangers OF Lakewood, CA
13 Tom Thurberg New York Mets OF-RHP South Weymouth, MA
14 Tim Glass Cleveland Indians C Springfield, OH
15 Leon Durham St. Louis Cardinals 1B Cincinnati, OH
16 Pat Tabler New York Yankees OF Cincinnati, OH
17 Jeff Kraus Philadelphia Phillies SS Cincinnati, OH
18 Ben Grzybek Kansas City Royals RHP Hialeah, FL
19 Mike Scioscia Los Angeles Dodgers C Morton, PA
20 Dallas Williams Baltimore Orioles OF Brooklyn, NY
21 Jim Parke Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Sterling Heights, MI
22 Bruce Hurst Boston Red Sox LHP St. George, UT
23 Mark King Cincinnati Reds RHP Owensboro, KY
24 * Mike Sullivan Oakland Athletics RHP Woodbridge, VA

* Did not sign

Background[edit]

The 1976 Arizona State University team, considered by many to be the best collegiate team ever, played a major role in the draft. Floyd Bannister was picked number one by the Astros while Ken Landreaux was selected sixth by the Angels. In all, 12 players from that team went on to play in the majors.

Bannister and Landreaux anchored a June draft that was one of the most talented ever. The first 10 selections went on to play in the big leagues. Among those picked in the June draft were Rickey Henderson (Oakland), Alan Trammell (Detroit), Wade Boggs (Boston), Jack Morris (Detroit), Dan Petry (Detroit), Bruce Hurst (Boston), Steve Trout (Chicago White Sox), Leon Durham (St. Louis), and Pat Tabler (New York Yankees).

Willie McGee (Chicago White Sox) and Ozzie Smith (Detroit) were selected in the seventh round but did not sign. In the January phase, Steve Kemp of Southern California was picked first by the Tigers and Jody Davis was picked third by the Mets.

Other notable players[edit]

Bobby Bonner

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "MLB First Round Draft Picks - 1976". Retrieved 2008-10-28. 

References[edit]

Preceded by
Danny Goodwin
1st Overall Picks
Floyd Bannister
Succeeded by
Harold Baines