1974 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 1974 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
1 Bill Almon San Diego Padres SS Brown University
2 Tommy Boggs Texas Rangers RHP Austin, TX
3 Lonnie Smith Philadelphia Phillies OF Compton, CA
4 Tom Brennan Cleveland Indians RHP Lewis University
5 Dale Murphy Atlanta Braves C Portland, OR
6 Butch Edge Milwaukee Brewers RHP Sacramento, CA
7 Scot Thompson Chicago Cubs OF Renfrew, PA
8 Larry Monroe Chicago White Sox RHP Mt. Prospect, IL
9 Ron Sorey Montreal Expos 3B Dayton, OH
10 Mike Miley California Angels SS Louisiana State University
11 Rod Scurry Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Sparks, NV
12 Dennis Sherrill New York Yankees SS Miami, FL
13 Garry Templeton St. Louis Cardinals SS Santa Ana, CA
14 Ted Shipley Minnesota Twins SS Vanderbilt University
15 Kevin Drake Houston Astros OF Lompoc, CA
16 Lance Parrish Detroit Tigers 3B Diamond Bar, CA
17 Cliff Speck New York Mets RHP Beaverton, OR
18 Willie Wilson Kansas City Royals OF Summit, NJ
19 Terry Lee San Francisco Giants 2B San Luis Obispo, CA
20 Eddie Ford Boston Red Sox SS University of South Carolina
21 Rick Sutcliffe Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Kansas City, MO
22 * Jerry Johnson Oakland Athletics C Austin, TX
23 Steve Reed Cincinnati Reds RHP Fort Wayne, IN
24 Rich Dauer Baltimore Orioles 3B University of Southern California

* Did not sign

Other notable Selections[edit]

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[2]

Round Pick Player Team Position
2 38 Butch Wynegar Minnesota Twins Catcher
3 56 Pete Vuckovich Chicago White Sox Pitcher
5 99 Jim Morrison Philadelphia Phillies Third Baseman
5 119 Steve Henderson Cincinnati Reds Shortstop-Third Baseman
6 131 Ed Whitson Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher
8 171 Mark Clear Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher
9 214 Ron Oester Cincinnati Reds Shortstop
10 220 Mickey Mahler Atlanta Braves Pitcher
10 231 Mark Fidrych Detroit Tigers Pitcher
11 256 Scott Sanderson* Kansas City Royals Pitcher
12 263 Bump Wills* San Diego Padres Second Baseman
12 268 Jim Gantner Milwaukee Brewers Shortstop
14 317 Bob Welch Chicago Cubs Pitcher
14 325 Mickey Hatcher* Houston Astros Outfielder
19 432 Hubie Brooks* Montreal Expos Shortstop
28 585 Paul Molitor* St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop
36 667 Eric Show* Minnesota Twins Pitcher

* Did not sign

Background[edit]

With the number one pick of the June regular phase, San Diego tabbed infielder Bill Almon from Brown University, one of six shortstops selected in round one. Twelve of the first 13 and a total of 16 first round selections went on to become major leaguers, including Lonnie Smith (Philadelphia), Dale Murphy (Atlanta), Garry Templeton (St. Louis), Lance Parrish (Detroit), Willie Wilson (Kansas City) and Rick Sutcliffe (Los Angeles).

Three players from the June regular phase were among the ones who got away. Pitcher Bob Welch (Chicago Cubs, 14th round), infielder Paul Molitor (St. Louis, 28th round) and pitcher Eric Show (Minnesota, 36th round) turned down pro offers for college scholarships.

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Preceded by
David Clyde
1st Overall Picks
Bill Almon
Succeeded by
Danny Goodwin