1968 Major League Baseball draft
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First round selections
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The following are the first round picks in the 1968 Major League Baseball draft.
* Did not sign
Other notable Selections
* Did not sign
The Los Angeles Dodgers laid the groundwork for their championship clubs of the 1970s with an outstanding draft. Among the players the Dodgers selected were: Dave Lopes (2nd round) in the January secondary phase, Bill Buckner (2nd round), Joe Ferguson (6th round), Doyle Alexander (9th round) & Tom Paciorek (40th round) in the June regular phase; and Steve Garvey (1st round) and Ron Cey (3rd round) in the June secondary phase.
The Dodgers didn't grab all the talent. Other draftees included Al Bumbry (Baltimore), Thurman Munson (Yankees), Greg Luzinski (Philadelphia) and Gary Matthews (San Francisco). The biggest steal of the June draft was Cecil Cooper, chosen in the 6th round by the Boston Red Sox.
Brothers Ken and Bob Forsch each found a home in the same draft. Ken Forsch (drafted, but unsigned each of the two previous years) went to Houston in the 18th round while younger brother Bob was selected in round 26 by the World Champion Cardinals, with whom he would win a ring himself in 1982
The 1968 June draft also included the four expansion teams that began play in 1969. Montreal, San Diego, Kansas City and Seattle began the selection process at the end of the fourth round of the regular phase. The best of those expansion picks far and away was Kansas City's 25th round selection of pitcher Paul Splittorff (who would also throw the first pitch ever for the organization)
- "MLB First Round Draft Picks – 1968". Retrieved 2008-07-27.
- "Background on the 1968 MLB Draft". Archived from the original on 14 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
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