1971 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 1971 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
1 * Danny Goodwin Chicago White Sox C Peoria, Illinois
2 Jay Franklin San Diego Padres RHP Vienna, Virginia
3 Tommy Bianco Milwaukee Brewers SS Elmont, New York
4 * Condredge Holloway Montreal Expos SS Huntsville, Alabama
5 Roy Branch Kansas City Royals RHP St. Louis, Missouri
6 Roy Thomas Philadelphia Phillies RHP Lompoc, California
7 Roger Quiroga Washington Senators RHP Galveston, Texas
8 Ed Kurpiel St. Louis Cardinals 1B Hollis, New York
9 David Sloan Cleveland Indians RHP Santa Clara, California
10 Taylor Duncan Atlanta Braves SS Sacramento, California
11 Tom Veryzer Detroit Tigers SS Islip, New York
12 Frank Tanana California Angels LHP Detroit, Michigan
13 Neil Rasmussen Houston Astros SS Arcadia, California
14 Rich Puig New York Mets 2B Tampa, Florida
15 Jim Rice Boston Red Sox OF Anderson, South Carolina
16 Jeff Wehmeir Chicago Cubs RHP Indianapolis, Indiana
17 William "Sugar Bear" Daniels Oakland Athletics RHP Detroit, Michigan
18 Frank Riccelli San Francisco Giants LHP Syracuse, New York
19 Terry Whitfield New York Yankees OF Blythe, California
20 Rick Rhoden Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Boynton Beach, Florida
21 Dale Soderholm Minnesota Twins SS Miami, Florida
22 Craig Reynolds Pittsburgh Pirates SS Houston, Texas
23 Randy Stein Baltimore Orioles RHP Pomona, California
24 * Mike Miley Cincinnati Reds SS New Orleans, Louisiana

* Did not sign

Background[edit]

The June 1971 draft was a productive one, even though none of its top ten choices yielded players who would have memorable major league careers. Selected in the regular phase were future all-stars Jim Rice (Boston, 1st round), Frank Tanana (California, 1st round), George Brett (Kansas City, 2nd round), Ron Guidry (New York Yankees, 3rd round), Rick Rhoden (Los Angeles, 1st round), Mike Schmidt (Philadelphia, 2nd round) and Keith Hernandez (St. Louis, 42nd round). In the secondary phase, Burt Hooton (Chicago Cubs, 1st round), Steve Rogers (Montreal, 1st round) and Steve Busby (Kansas City, 2nd round) were chosen.

Pitcher Mike Flanagan was selected in the 15th round of the June regular phase by Houston, but enrolled at the University of Massachusetts. One of the more interesting highlights of the June draft was that five quarterbacks were selected including future NFL stars Archie Manning, Steve Bartkowski and Joe Theismann. Danny Goodwin, the nation's top pick, could not agree to terms with the White Sox and became the first top choice who did not sign a contract.

Other notable players[edit]

Condredge Holloway went on to have a career in the Canadian Football League, where he was awarded Most Outstanding Player while playing for the Toronto Argonauts

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "MLB First Round Draft Picks - 1971". Retrieved 2008-10-28. 

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 
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