Archive for June, 2010

Draft Minutia

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The draft was instituted in the mid 60’s to help stem the bonus money that was pouring in the game in the 50’s and hopefully give some help early on to the poorer teams in the game.

The first pick in the initial draft in 1965 was by the Kansas City A’s and they picked Arizona State OF Rick Monday.

Since then the following teams have had the 1st pick.

Padres - 5 times
Mets - 5 times
Rays - 4 times
Mariners - 4 times
Pirates - 3 times
Yankees - 2 times
Rangers - 2 times
CWS - 2 times
Angels - 2 times
Astros - 2 times
Nationals - 2 times
Braves - 2 times
Twins - 2 times
Phillies - 1 time
Royals - 1 time
Cubs - 1 time
A's - 1 time
Tigers - 1 time
Orioles - 1 time
Marlins -1 time
Brewers - 1 time

13 of the 21 teams have had the pick more than once, 9 teams have never had the pick.

The players drafted positions have been the following:

10 - RHP
10 - SS
9 - OF
5 -C
4 -LHP
4 - 3b
3 - 1b

No 2nd basemen has ever been the number one pick.