1969 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 1969 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
1 Jeff Burroughs Washington Senators OF Long Beach, California
2 J. R. Richard Houston Astros RHP Ruston, Louisiana
3 Ted Nicholson Chicago White Sox 3B Laurel, Mississippi
4 Randy Sterling New York Mets RHP Key West, Florida
5 * Alan Bannister California Angels SS Buena Park, California
6 Mike Anderson Philadelphia Phillies 1B Timmonsville, South Carolina
7 Paul Ray Powell Minnesota Twins OF Arizona State University
8 Terry McDermott Los Angeles Dodgers C West Hempstead, New York
9 Don Stanhouse Oakland Athletics RHP DuQuoin, Illinois
10 Bob May Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Merritt Island, Florida
11 Charlie Spikes New York Yankees 3B-OF Bogalusa, Louisiana
12 Gene Holbert Atlanta Braves C Campbelltown, Pennsylvania
13 Noel Jenke Boston Red Sox OF University of Minnesota
14 Don Gullett Cincinnati Reds LHP Lynn, Kentucky
15 Alvin McGrew Cleveland Indians OF Fairfield, AL
16 Roger Metzger Chicago Cubs SS St. Edward's University
17 Don Hood Baltimore Orioles LHP Florence, South Carolina
18 Mike Phillips San Francisco Giants SS Irving, Texas
19 John Young Detroit Tigers 1B Redding, California
20 Charles Minott St. Louis Cardinals LHP Covina, California
21 Gorman Thomas Seattle Pilots SS Charleston, South Carolina
22 Balor Moore Montreal Expos LHP Deer Park, Texas
23 * John Simmons Kansas City Royals SS Childersburg, AL
24 Randy Elliott San Diego Padres 1B Camarillo, California

* Did not sign

Other notable Selections[edit]

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Round Pick Player Team Position
2 40 Larry Gura Chicago Cubs Pitcher
3 55 Bert Blyleven Minnesota Twins Pitcher
3 62 Rawly Eastwick Cincinnati Reds Pitcher
4 92 John Reid Montreal Expos Pitcher
5 107 Dwight Evans Boston Red Sox Third Baseman-Outfielder
6 124 Bob Boone Philadelphia Phillies Third Baseman
6 127 Jim Sundberg* Oakland Athletics Catcher
8 173 Rick Burleson* Minnesota Twins Shortstop
9 210 Bucky Dent* St. Louis Cardinals Third Baseman
11 258 Bill Madlock* St. Louis Cardinals Third Baseman
12 278 Bill North Chicago Cubs Outfielder
13 295 John Stearns* Oakland Athletics Catcher
14 312 Mike Easler Houston Astros Third Baseman
15 355 Jim Slaton Seattle Pilots Pitcher
16 373 Buddy Bell Cleveland Indians Second Baseman
18 430 Doug DeCinces* San Diego Padres Third Baseman
20 471 Dick Ruthven* Baltimore Orioles Pitcher
29 680 Ken Griffey Sr Cincinnati Reds Outfielder
31 730 Ken Reitz St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop
35 797 Tippy Martinez* Washington Senators Pitcher-Outfielder
39 873 Terry Humphrey Montreal Expos Catcher-First Baseman
40 882 Dave Winfield* Baltimore Orioles Pitcher-Outfielder

* Did not sign


The Washington Senators tabbed slugging outfielder Jeff Burroughs of Wilson High School in Long Beach, California as the nation's number one pick. The Kansas City Royals made a record 90 selections in the June regular phase, including Al Cowens in the 84th round. Other notable players selected were Buddy Bell (Cleveland), Bob Boone (Philadelphia) and Ken Griffey, Sr. (Cincinnati).

Right-handed pitcher Dave Winfield was chosen in the 40th round by the Baltimore Orioles, but the St. Paul, Minnesota native opted to attend the University of Minnesota. Pitcher Don Gullett was the first player to reach the majors. As the Reds' number one pick and 14th overall in the June regular phase, he joined the Cincinnati staff the following spring. Besides Griffey and Gullett, the Reds also tabbed pitchers Rawley Eastwick in the 3rd round in June and Ross Grimsley in the 1st round of the January secondary phase.[3]


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Preceded by
Tim Foli
1st Overall Picks
Jeff Burroughs
Succeeded by
Mike Ivie