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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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YearRndDTOvPckRdPckTmNamePosWARGABHRBAOPSGWLERAWHIPSVTypeDrafted Out of
197811212TigersKirk Gibson (minors)OF38.316355798255.268.8154YrMichigan State University (East Lansing , MI)
197823812TigersCraig Johnson (minors)OF4YrUniversity of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles , CA)
197836412TigersFran Mullins (minors)SS0.41062122.203.5764YrSanta Clara University (Santa Clara , CA)
197849012TigersJerry Ujdur (minors)RHP-0.553005312164.781.4404YrUniversity of Minnesota (Minneapolis , MN)
1978511612TigersMarty Castillo (minors)3B-0.82013528.190.5324YrChapman University (Orange , CA)
1978614212TigersKevin Martin (minors)SSHSFalconer Central HS (Falconer , NY)
1978716812TigersBruce Fields (minors)OF-0.2581131.274.681HSEverett HS (Lansing , MI)
1978819412TigersTed Hutson (minors)CHSMiami East HS (Fletcher , OH)
1978922012TigersMichael Wright (minors)OF4YrVanderbilt University (Nashville , TN)
19781024612TigersJames Simerly (minors)RHP4YrChapman University (Orange , CA)
19781127212TigersArthur Toal (minors)2B4YrUniversity of Oklahoma (Norman , OK)
19781229812TigersJack Smith (minors)RHPJCGlen Oaks Community College (Centreville , MI)
19781332412TigersDavid Cassetto (minors)RHP4YrWestern Michigan University (Kalamazoo , MI)
19781435012TigersMike Mason (minors)OF5.214190.222.52214029394.531.440JCNormandale Community College (Bloomington , MN)
19781537612TigersMarvin Saunders (minors)RHP4YrUniversity of South Alabama (Mobile , AL)
19781640212TigersDave Rucker (minors)LHP0.5208260.192.45320616203.941.5114YrUniversity of La Verne (La Verne , CA)
19781742812TigersTodd Ervin (minors)2B4YrStanford University (Palo Alto , CA)
19781845311TigersMark Jacob (minors)RHPHSDe La Salle HS (Detroit , MI)
19781947811TigersEdwin Schneider (minors)LHPJCIndian River Community College (Fort Pierce , FL)
19782050211TigersJohn Crawford (minors)C4YrDelta State University (Cleveland , MS)
19782152511TigersMichael Untisz (minors)RHP4YrFairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus (Teaneck , NJ)
19782254711TigersRobert Benda (minors)INF4YrFlorida State University (Tallahassee , FL)
1978235679TigersGary Baker (minors)3BHSHazel Park HS (Hazel Park , MI)
1978245869TigersTom Grinstead (minors)LHPHSEdgewood HS (West Covina , CA)
1978256049TigersJohn Kelley (minors)OFHSSimon Kenton HS (Independence , KY)
1978266218TigersJames Wilfong (minors)OF4YrUniversity of La Verne (La Verne , CA)
1978276377TigersJohn Martin (minors)LHP0.892730.205.5189117143.941.2114YrEastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti , MI)
1978286537TigersHolden Smith (minors)OF4YrUniversity of California, Berkeley (Berkeley , CA)
1978296697TigersJudson Thigpen (minors)RHP4YrDelta State University (Cleveland , MS)
1978306846TigersMichael Polvi (minors)RHP4YrUniversity of Detroit Mercy (Detroit , MI)
1978316996TigersBenedict Bonk (minors)RHP4YrCentral Michigan University (Mount Pleasant , MI)
1978327125TigersAsa Slemp (minors)OF4YrOral 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
  • NOTES: We have not yet matched the 2015 debuts to their draft into. We hope to do so soon.
    Please note that searches by state are not complete and not guaranteed to be accurate.
    Players are listed regardless of whether they signed or not.
    School names may change from year to year making it difficult to find all player drafted from a school.
    Please let us know if you find what you believe is an error.

    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.