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1978 Detroit Tigers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
    Other Years:1977 / 1978 / 1979

Drafted Players

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Year Rnd DT OvPck RdPck Tm Name Pos WAR G AB HR BA OPS G W L ERA WHIP SV Type Drafted Out of
1978 1 12 12 Tigers Kirk Gibson (minors) OF 38.3 1635 5798 255 .268 .815 4Yr Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
1978 2 38 12 Tigers Craig Johnson (minors) OF 4Yr University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
1978 3 64 12 Tigers Fran Mullins (minors) SS 0.4 106 212 2 .203 .576 4Yr Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
1978 4 90 12 Tigers Jerry Ujdur (minors) RHP -0.5 53 0 0 53 12 16 4.78 1.44 0 4Yr University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
1978 5 116 12 Tigers Marty Castillo (minors) 3B -0.8 201 352 8 .190 .532 4Yr Chapman University (Orange, CA)
1978 6 142 12 Tigers Kevin Martin (minors) SS HS Falconer Central HS (Falconer, NY)
1978 7 168 12 Tigers Bruce Fields (minors) OF -0.2 58 113 1 .274 .681 HS Everett HS (Lansing, MI)
1978 8 194 12 Tigers Ted Hutson (minors) C HS Miami East HS (Fletcher, OH)
1978 9 220 12 Tigers Michael Wright (minors) OF 4Yr Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
1978 10 246 12 Tigers James Simerly (minors) RHP 4Yr Chapman University (Orange, CA)
1978 11 272 12 Tigers Arthur Toal (minors) 2B 4Yr University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
1978 12 298 12 Tigers Jack Smith (minors) RHP JC Glen Oaks Community College (Centreville, MI)
1978 13 324 12 Tigers David Cassetto (minors) RHP 4Yr Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI)
1978 14 350 12 Tigers Mike Mason (minors) OF 5.2 141 9 0 .222 .522 140 29 39 4.53 1.44 0 JC Normandale Community College (Bloomington, MN)
1978 15 376 12 Tigers Marvin Saunders (minors) RHP 4Yr University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
1978 16 402 12 Tigers Dave Rucker (minors) LHP 0.5 208 26 0 .192 .453 206 16 20 3.94 1.51 1 4Yr University of La Verne (La Verne, CA)
1978 17 428 12 Tigers Todd Ervin (minors) 2B 4Yr Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
1978 18 453 11 Tigers Mark Jacob (minors) RHP HS De La Salle HS (Detroit, MI)
1978 19 478 11 Tigers Edwin Schneider (minors) LHP JC Indian River Community College (Fort Pierce, FL)
1978 20 502 11 Tigers John Crawford (minors) C 4Yr Delta State University (Cleveland, MS)
1978 21 525 11 Tigers Michael Untisz (minors) RHP 4Yr Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus (Teaneck, NJ)
1978 22 547 11 Tigers Robert Benda (minors) INF 4Yr Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
1978 23 567 9 Tigers Gary Baker (minors) 3B HS Hazel Park HS (Hazel Park, MI)
1978 24 586 9 Tigers Tom Grinstead (minors) LHP HS Edgewood HS (West Covina, CA)
1978 25 604 9 Tigers John Kelley (minors) OF HS Simon Kenton HS (Independence, KY)
1978 26 621 8 Tigers James Wilfong (minors) OF 4Yr University of La Verne (La Verne, CA)
1978 27 637 7 Tigers John Martin (minors) LHP 0.8 92 73 0 .205 .518 91 17 14 3.94 1.21 1 4Yr Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI)
1978 28 653 7 Tigers Holden Smith (minors) OF 4Yr University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
1978 29 669 7 Tigers Judson Thigpen (minors) RHP 4Yr Delta State University (Cleveland, MS)
1978 30 684 6 Tigers Michael Polvi (minors) RHP 4Yr University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, MI)
1978 31 699 6 Tigers Benedict Bonk (minors) RHP 4Yr Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, MI)
1978 32 712 5 Tigers Asa Slemp (minors) OF 4Yr Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, OK)

32 matching player(s). 8 played in the majors (25%). Total of 43.7 WAR, or 5.5 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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    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.