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1st Round of the 1981 MLB January Draft-Regular Phase
    Other Rounds:1980 1st / 1981 1st / 1981 2nd / 1982 1st

Drafted Players

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Year Rnd DT OvPck FrRnd RdPck Tm Name Pos WAR G AB HR BA OPS G W L ERA WHIP SV Type Drafted Out of
1981 1 1rg 1 FrRnd 1 Cubs James Rooney (minors) LHP JC County College of Morris (Randolph, NJ)
1981 1 1rg 2 FrRnd 2 Mariners Bret McAfee (minors) SS JC Merced College (Merced, CA)
1981 1 1rg 3 FrRnd 3 Mets Randy Milligan (minors) OF 13.5 703 2118 70 .261 .810 JC San Diego Mesa College (San Diego, CA)
1981 1 1rg 4 FrRnd 4 Angels Kevin Price (minors) RHP JC Cosumnes River College (Sacramento, CA)
1981 1 1rg 5 FrRnd 5 Padres Eric Bullock (minors) OF -0.7 131 146 1 .205 .536 JC Los Angeles Harbor College (Wilmington, CA)
1981 1 1rg 6 FrRnd 6 Blue Jays Ken Galloway (minors) LHP JC West Valley College (Saratoga, CA)
1981 1 1rg 7 FrRnd 7 Cardinals Brad Luther (minors) SS JC College of the Sequoias (Visalia, CA)
1981 1 1rg 8 FrRnd 8 White Sox Reggie Montgomery (minors) OF JC Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA)
1981 1 1rg 9 FrRnd 9 Giants Mel White (minors) RHP JC Fullerton College (Fullerton, CA)
1981 1 1rg 10 FrRnd 10 Rangers Greg Tabor (minors) INF 0.0 9 9 0 .111 .333 JC Chabot College (Hayward, CA)
1981 1 1rg 11 FrRnd 11 Braves Terry Cormack (minors) C JC Long Beach City College (Long Beach, CA)
1981 1 1rg 12 FrRnd 12 Twins Pete Kutsukos (minors) RHP JC Seminole Community College (Sanford, FL)
1981 1 1rg 13 FrRnd 13 Pirates Brian Reams (minors) RHP JC Long Beach City College (Long Beach, CA)
1981 1 1rg 14 FrRnd 14 Indians Stephen Cushing (minors) LHP 4Yr St. Leo College (St. Leo, FL)
1981 1 1rg 15 FrRnd 15 Reds Daniel Durst (minors) RHP JC Iowa Western Community College (Council Bluffs, IA)
1981 1 1rg 16 FrRnd 16 Athletics Steve Kiefer (minors) SS -1.6 105 229 7 .192 .574 JC Fullerton College (Fullerton, CA)
1981 1 1rg 17 FrRnd 17 Expos Bruce Crabbe (minors) INF JC Gulf Coast Community College (Panama City, FL)
1981 1 1rg 18 FrRnd 18 Tigers Jeff Rutledge (minors) SS JC Fresno City College (Fresno, CA)
1981 1 1rg 19 FrRnd 19 Phillies Eric Schmidt (minors) RHP JC Antelope Valley College (Lancaster, CA)
1981 1 1rg 20 FrRnd 20 Red Sox Danny Sheaffer (minors) C -4.7 389 946 13 .232 .602 JC Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA)
1981 1 1rg 21 FrRnd 21 Dodgers Kevin White (minors) RHP JC Cosumnes River College (Sacramento, CA)
1981 1 1rg 22 FrRnd 22 Brewers Dewey James (minors) OF JC Central Arizona College (Coolidge, AZ)
1981 1 1rg 23 FrRnd 23 Astros Trent Ferrin (minors) RHP JC College of Southern Idaho (Twin Falls, ID)
1981 1 1rg 24 FrRnd 24 Royals Richard Rizzo (minors) OF JC Mesa State College (Grand Junction, CO)
1981 1 1rg 25 FrRnd 25 Orioles Dave Corman (minors) 2B JC Hagerstown Community College (Hagerstown, MD)
1981 1 1rg 26 FrRnd 26 Yankees Mike Gatlin (minors) OF JC Lurleen B Wallace Community College (Andalusia, AL)

26 matching player(s). 5 played in the majors (19%). Total of 6.5 WAR, or 1.3 per major leaguer.

DT Key

  • Blank - June Draft
  • 6sc - June Secondary
  • 6sa - June Secondary (normal, 1971 only)
  • 6sd - June Secondary (delayed, 1971 only)
  • 1rg - January Draft
  • 1sc - January Secondary Draft
  • 8lg - August Legion Draft
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    School names may change from year to year making it difficult to find all player drafted from a school.
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    The 1965 draft had a major league and AAA section (rounds 1-3), a AA section (4-7) and A-ball sections (8+). Each team had one pick in rounds 1-7 (MLB, AAA, and AA picks). Starting with the 8th round teams received a pick for each A-ball team in their system in the reverse order of the affiliate finishes. Franchises that shared affiliates, alternated the picks round-by-round. This means that a franchise will have multiple picks in a "round". For presentation reasons here, we have re-labeled the rounds to be the number of the selection made by this franchise. This means that the Twins' 10th round pick could come after the Mets' 12th round pick.