List of Pittsburgh Pirates first-round draft picks

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The Pirates selected Barry Bonds sixth overall in the 1985 draft. He went on to win seven MVPs and numerous other awards in his career, setting both the single-season and career home run records.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the National League Central division. Since the establishment of the Rule 4 Draft the Pirates have selected 54 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft",[1] the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick.[1] In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.[2]

Of these 54 players, 21 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 15 of these were right-handed, while 6 were left-handed. Thirteen outfielders and eleven shortstops were selected. The Pirates have also drafted five catchers, three first basemen, and a third baseman, but have never selected a second baseman in the first round.[3] Eight players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, while seven came from Florida.[3]

Three Pirates' first-round picks have won championships with the franchise. Richie Hebner (1966) won a World Series title on the 1971 championship team, and Steve Nicosia (1973) and Dale Berra (1975) won with the 1979 team (though Berra did not appear in the World Series).[4][5][6] No Pirates' first-round pick has ever won the Rookie of the Year Award. None of their picks have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but Barry Bonds (1985) won seven Most Valuable Player awards, more than any other player, including two with Pittsburgh.[7][8] Bonds also won 12 Silver Sluggers, 8 Gold Gloves, and holds both the single-season and career home run records (73 and 762).[7] The Pirates have made five selections in the supplemental round of the draft and have made the first overall selection four times (1986, 1996, 2002, 2011).[3][9]

The Pirates have failed once in signing a draft pick. This occurred in 2012, when the Pirates selected RHP Mark Appel from Stanford University, who sought a significant bonus which, according to new MLB rules, would have cost the Pirates a future draft pick. The Pirates will receive the 9th overall pick in the 2013 draft for their failure to sign Appel.[10]

Pedro Alvarez (2009) nearly went unsigned as he faced a contentious process in which Alvarez and the Pirates reached an initial deal after the signing deadline (with permission from MLB); his agent Scott Boras and the Players Association filed a grievance challenging this post-deadline deal, and ultimately the Pirates renegotiated a deal with him in September that year.[11][12] The Pirates have had seven compensatory picks overall since the first draft in 1965.[3] These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season,[2][13][V] or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year.[14]

Key[edit]

Year Each year links to an article about that year's Major League Baseball Draft.
Position Indicates the secondary/collegiate position at which the player was drafted, rather than the professional position the player may have gone on to play
Pick Indicates the number of the pick
§ Indicates a supplemental pick
'71 Player was a member of the Pirates' 1971 championship team
'79 Player was a member of the Pirates' 1979 championship team

Picks[edit]

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Paul Maholm (2003) was one of 19 pitchers taken by Pittsburgh in the first round.
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Neil Walker (2004) is the only player the Pirates have drafted in the first round from their home state of Pennsylvania.
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Andrew McCutchen (2005) was one of seven players from Florida taken by the Pirates in the first round.
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Pedro Alvarez (2009) faced a contentious signing process, only finally reaching a contract agreement well after the original signing deadline.
Year Name Position School (Location) Pick Ref
1965 Dickerson, DougDoug Dickerson Outfielder Ensley High School
(Birmingham, Alabama)
10 [15]
1966 Hebner, RichieRichie Hebner '71 Shortstop Norwood High School
(Norwood, Massachusetts)
15 [16]
1967 Grigas, JoeJoe Grigas Outfielder Coyle High School
(Brockton, Massachusetts)
16 [17]
1968 Sharon, DickDick Sharon Outfielder Sequoia High School
(Redwood City, California)
9 [18]
1969 Morlan, JohnJohn Morlan Right-handed pitcher Merritt Island High School
(Merritt Island, Florida)
10 [19]
1970 Bedard, JohnJohn Bedard Right-handed pitcher Springfield Tech High School
(Springfield, Massachusetts)
13 [20]
1971 Reynolds, CraigCraig Reynolds Shortstop Regan High School
(Houston, Texas)
22 [21]
1972 Peltier, DwayneDwayne Peltier Shortstop Servite High School
(Anaheim, California)
23 [22]
1973 Nicosia, SteveSteve Nicosia '79 Catcher North Miami Beach High School
(Opa-locka, Florida)
24 [23]
1974 Scurry, RodRod Scurry Left-handed pitcher Procter Hug High School
(Reno, Nevada)
11 [24]
1975 Berra, DaleDale Berra '79 Shortstop Montclair High School
(Montclair, New Jersey)
20 [25]
1976 Parke, JimJim Parke Right-handed pitcher Henry Ford II High School
(Sterling Heights, Michigan)
21 [26]
1977 Nicely, AnthonyAnthony Nicely Outfielder Meadowdale High School
(Dayton, Ohio)
18 [27]
1978 Garnett, BradBrad Garnett First baseman DeSoto High School
(DeSoto, Texas)
18 [28]
1978 Aubin, GerryGerry Aubin Outfielder Dougherty High School
(Albany, Georgia)
21[a] [28]
1979 no first-round pick[b] [3]
1980 Renteria, RichRich Renteria Shortstop South Gate High School
(South Gate, California)
20[c] [29]
1981 Winn, JimJim Winn Right-handed pitcher John Brown University
(Siloam Springs, Arkansas)
14 [30]
1982 Khalifa, SamSam Khalifa Shortstop Sahuaro High School
(Tucson, Arizona)
7 [31]
1983 DeLucchi, RonRon DeLucchi Outfielder Campolindo High School
(Moraga, California)
12 [32]
1984 Andersh, KevinKevin Andersh Left-handed pitcher University of New Mexico
(Albuquerque, New Mexico)
15 [33]
1985 Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds Outfielder Arizona State University
(Tempe, Arizona)
6 [34]
1986 King, JeffJeff King Shortstop University of Arkansas
(Fayetteville, Arkansas)
1 [35]
1987 Merchant, MarkMark Merchant Outfielder Oviedo High School
(Oviedo, Florida)
2 [36]
1988 Manahan, AustinAustin Manahan Shortstop Horizon High School
(Scottsdale, Arizona)
13 [37]
1989 Greene, WillieWillie Greene Shortstop Jones County High School
(Gray, Georgia)
18 [38]
1990 Miller, KurtKurt Miller Right-handed pitcher West High School
(Bakersfield, California)
5 [39]
1990 Zimmerman, MikeMike Zimmerman Right-handed pitcher University of South Alabama
(Mobile, Alabama)
27§[d] [39]
1991 Farrell, JonJon Farrell Catcher Florida Junior College
(Jacksonville, Florida)
24 [40]
1992 Kendall, JasonJason Kendall Catcher Torrance High School
(Torrance, California)
23 [41]
1992 Walker, ShonShon Walker Outfielder Harrison County High School
(Cynthiana, Kentucky)
33§[e] [41]
1993 Peterson, CharlesCharles Peterson Outfielder Laurens District High School
(Laurens, South Carolina)
22 [42]
1993 Allensworth, JermaineJermaine Allensworth Outfielder Purdue University
(West Lafayette, Indiana)
34§[f] [42]
1993 Rice, AndyAndy Rice First baseman Parker High School
(Birmingham, Alabama)
42§[g] [42]
1994 Farris, MarkMark Farris Shortstop Angleton High School
(Angleton, Texas)
10 [43]
1995 Hermansen, ChadChad Hermansen Shortstop Green Valley High School
(Henderson, Nevada)
10 [44]
1996 Benson, KrisKris Benson Right-handed pitcher Clemson University
(Clemson, South Carolina)
1 [45]
1997 Davis, J. J.J. J. Davis First baseman Baldwin Park High School
(Baldwin Park, California)
8 [46]
1998 Johnson, ClintClint Johnson Left-handed pitcher Vanderbilt University
(Nashville, Tennessee)
15 [47]
1999 Bradley, BobbyBobby Bradley Right-handed pitcher Wellington Community High School
(Wellington, Florida)
8 [48]
2000 Burnett, SeanSean Burnett Left-handed pitcher Wellington Community High School
(Wellington, Florida)
19 [49]
2001 Van Benschoten, JohnJohn Van Benschoten Right-handed pitcher Kent State University
(Kent, Ohio)
8 [50]
2002 Bullington, BryanBryan Bullington Right-handed pitcher Ball State University
(Muncie, Indiana)
1 [51]
2003 Maholm, PaulPaul Maholm Left-handed pitcher Mississippi State University
(Mississippi State, Mississippi)
8 [52]
2004 Walker, NeilNeil Walker Catcher Pine Richland High School
(Gibsonia, Pennsylvania)
11 [53]
2005 McCutchen, AndrewAndrew McCutchen Outfielder Fort Meade High School
(Fort Meade, Florida)
11 [54]
2006 Lincoln, BradBrad Lincoln Right-handed pitcher University of Houston
(Houston, Texas)
4 [55]
2007 Moskos, DanielDaniel Moskos Left-handed pitcher Clemson University
(Clemson, South Carolina)
4 [56]
2008 Alvarez, PedroPedro Alvarez Third baseman Vanderbilt University
(Nashville, Tennessee)
2 [57]
2009 Sanchez, TonyTony Sánchez Catcher Boston College
(Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts)
4 [58]
2009 Black, VictorVictor Black Right-handed pitcher Dallas Baptist University
(Dallas, Texas)
49§[h] [58]
2010 Taillon, JamesonJameson Taillon Right-handed pitcher The Woodlands High School
(The Woodlands, Texas)
2 [59]
2011 Cole, GerritGerrit Cole Right-handed pitcher UCLA
(Los Angeles, California)
1 [60]
2012 Appel, MarkMark Appel* Right-handed pitcher Stanford University
(Stanford, California)
8 [61]
2012 Barnes, BarrettBarrett Barnes Outfielder Texas Tech University
(Lubbock, Texas)
45§[i] [61]
2013 Meadows, AustinAustin Meadows Outfielder Grayson High School
(Loganville, Georgia)
9§[j] [62]
2013 McGuire, ReeseReese McGuire Catcher Kentwood High School
(Covington, Washington)
14 [62]
2014 Tucker, ColeCole Tucker Shortstop Mountain Pointe High School
(Phoenix, Arizona)
24 [63]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  • V Free agents are evaluated by the Elias Sports Bureau and rated "Type A", "Type B", or not compensation-eligible. If a team offers arbitration to a player but that player refuses and subsequently signs with another team, the original team may receive additional draft picks. If a "Type A" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives a supplemental pick and a compensation pick from the team with which he signs. If a "Type B" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives only a supplemental pick.[14]
  • a The Pirates gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1978 from the Los Angeles Dodgers as compensation for losing free agent Terry Forster.[28]
  • b The Pirates lost their first-round pick in 1979 to the Los Angeles Dodgers as compensation for signing free agent Lee Lacy.[64]
  • c The Pirates gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1980 from the Los Angeles Angels as compensation for losing free agent Bruce Kison.[29]
  • d The Pirates gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1990 for losing free agent Jim Gott.[39]
  • e The Pirates gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1992 for losing free agent Bobby Bonilla.[41]
  • f The Pirates gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1993 for losing free agent Doug Drabek.[42]
  • g The Pirates gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1993 for losing free agent Barry Bonds.[42]
  • h The Pirates gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2009 for failing to sign Tanner Scheppers.[58]
  • i The Pirates gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2012 for losing free agent Ryan Doumit.[61]
  • j The Pirates gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2013 for failing to sign Mark Appel.[62]

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