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The New York Yankees selected NFL great John Elway with their first pick in the draft. He played a few games in their minor league system in 1982.

[edit] 1981 First Round Picks

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Seattle Mariners Mike Moore RHP Oral Roberts University (Col.) Eakly, OK
2 Chicago Cubs Joe Carter OF Wichita State University (Col.) Oklahoma City, OK
3 California Angels Dick Schofield SS Sacred Heart-Griffin High School (HS) Springfield, IL
4 New York Mets Terry Blocker OF Tennessee State University (Col.) Columbia, SC
5 Toronto Blue Jays Matt Williams RHP Rice University (Col.) Houston, TX
6 San Diego Padres Kevin McReynolds OF University of Arkansas (Col.) Little Rock, AR
7 Chicago White Sox Daryl Boston OF Woodward High School (Cincinnati) (HS) Cincinnati, OH
8 St. Louis Cardinals Bobby Meacham SS San Diego State University (Col.) [[]]
9 Texas Rangers Ron Darling RHP Yale University (Col.) Honolulu, HI
10 San Francisco Giants Mark Grant RHP Joliet Catholic High School (HS) Joliet, IL
11 Minnesota Twins Mike Sodders 3B Arizona State University (Col.) [[]]
12 Atlanta Braves Jay Roberts OF Centralia (WA) High School (HS) Centralia, WA
13 Cleveland Indians George Alpert OF Livingston High School (HS) Livingston, NJ
14 Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Winn RHP John Brown University (Col.) Stockton, CA
15 Oakland Athletics Tim Pyznarski 3B-OF Eastern Illinois University (Col.) Chicago, IL
16 Chicago Cubs Vance Lovelace LHP Hillsborough High School (HS) Tampa, FL Compensation from Cincinnati Reds for Larry Biittner
17 Detroit Tigers Ricky Barlow RHP Woodville High School (HS) Woodville, TX
18 Montreal Expos Darren Dilks LHP Oklahoma State University (Col.) [[]]
19 Boston Red Sox Steve Lyons OF-SS Oregon State University (Col.) Tacoma, WA
20 Philadelphia Phillies Johnny Abrego RHP Mission San Jose High School (HS) San Jose, CA
21 Toronto Blue Jays John Cerutti LHP Amherst College (Col.) Albany, NY Compensation from Milwaukee Brewers for Roy Howell
22 Los Angeles Dodgers Dave Anderson SS University of Memphis (Col.) Louisville, KY
23 Kansas City Royals Dave Leeper OF University of Southern California (Col.) Santa Ana, CA
24 Texas Rangers Al Lachowicz RHP University of Pittsburgh (Col.) Pittsburgh, PA Compensation from Houston Astros for Dave Roberts
25 Boston Red Sox Kevin Burrell C Poway High School (HS) Poway, CA Compensation from Baltimore Orioles for Jim Dwyer
26 San Diego Padres Frank Castro C University of Miami (Col.) [[]] Compensation from New York Yankees for Dave Winfield

[edit] Other Notable Selections

John Elway (2nd round); Frank Viola (2nd round); Tony Gwynn (3rd round); Mike Pagliarulo (6th round); Mark McGwire (Expos 8th round-did not sign); Roger Clemens (Mets 12th round-did not sign)

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