1976 Amateur Draft

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The 1976 Amateur Draft was held on June 8th. The Houston Astros held the first selection and chose left-handed pitcher Floyd Bannister of Arizona State University. He would reach the majors by April of 1977 on his way to a long and productive career, although he was beaten to the majors by another left-handed college pitcher, Bob Owchinko, selected with the #5 pick by the San Diego Padres, who got his first taste of the majors that September.

In retrospect, the Detroit Tigers had a remarkable draft. While #2 overall pick Pat Underwood never did much in the majors, they selected two future Hall of Famers with subsequent picks, SS Alan Trammell in the 2nd round and P Jack Morris in the 5th round, not to mention All-Star pitcher Dan Petry in round 4. They also had the first overall pick in the January draft, and taken another solid major leaguer in OF Steve Kemp. They could have made it three Hall of Famers in June, as they also selected SS Ozzie Smith in the 7th round, but he didn't sign. He was then picked by the Padres in 1977, and was playing regularly in the big leagues by the start of 1978.

1976 First Round Picks[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Houston Astros Floyd Bannister LHP Arizona State University (Col.) Pierre, SD
2 Detroit Tigers Pat Underwood LHP Kokomo High School (HS) Kokomo, IN
3 Atlanta Braves Ken Smith 3B Youngstown East High School (HS) Youngstown, OH
4 Milwaukee Brewers Bill Bordley LHP Bishop Montgomery High School (HS) Rolling Hills Estates, CA Did not sign
5 San Diego Padres Bob Owchinko LHP Eastern Michigan University (Col.) Detroit, MI
6 California Angels Ken Landreaux OF Arizona State University (Col.) Los Angeles, CA
7 Chicago Cubs Herm Segelke RHP El Camino High School (HS) South Sacramento, CA
8 Chicago White Sox Steve Trout LHP Thornwood High School (HS) South Holland, IL
9 Montreal Expos Bob James RHP Verdugo Hills High School (HS) Sunland, CA
10 Minnesota Twins Jamie Allen 3B-RHP Davis High School (HS) Yakima, WA Did not sign
11 San Francisco Giants Mark Kuecker SS Brenham High School (HS) Brenham, TX
12 Texas Rangers Billy Simpson OF Lakewood (CA) High School (HS) Lakewood, CA
13 New York Mets Tom Thurberg OF-RHP Weymouth South High School (HS) South Weymouth, MA
14 Cleveland Indians Tim Glass C Springfield South High School (HS) Springfield, OH
15 St. Louis Cardinals Leon Durham 1B Woodward High School (Cincinnati) (HS) Cincinnati, OH
16 New York Yankees Pat Tabler OF McNicholas High School (HS) Cincinnati, OH
17 Philadelphia Phillies Jeff Kraus SS Colerain High School (HS) Cincinnati, OH
18 Kansas City Royals Ben Grzybek RHP Hialeah High School (HS) Hialeah, FL
19 Los Angeles Dodgers Mike Scioscia C Springfield (PA) High School (HS) Morton, PA
20 Baltimore Orioles Dallas Williams OF Abraham Lincoln High School (New York) (HS) Brooklyn, NY
21 Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Parke RHP Henry Ford II High School (HS) Sterling Heights, MI
22 Boston Red Sox Bruce Hurst LHP Dixie High School (St. George) (HS) St. George, UT
23 Cincinnati Reds Mark King RHP Owensboro Senior High School (HS) Owensboro, KY
24 Oakland Athletics Mike Sullivan RHP Gar-Field Senior High School (HS) Woodbridge, VA Did not sign

January 1976 amateur draft[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Detroit Tigers Steve Kemp OF University of Southern California (Coll.)
2 Houston Astros Gary Wilson RHP Southern Arkansas University (Coll.)
3 Milwaukee Brewers David Globig OF University of Minnesota (Coll.)
4 Atlanta Braves William Free RHP Tuskegee University (Coll.)
5 California Angels Steven Tebbetts OF Florida State University (Coll.)

Other Notable Selections[edit]

Mike Scott, Alan Trammell (2nd round); Dan Schatzeder (3rd round); Dan Petry, Rickey Henderson (4th round); Jack Morris, Ted Power (5th round); Wade Boggs (7th round); Ozzie Smith (7th round - did not sign); Dave Smith, Lary Sorensen (8th round); Rick Honeycutt (17th round); Ron Hassey (18th round); Jay Howell (31st round); Bob Walk (secondary phase); Jody Davis (3rd round, January draft); John Tudor (secondary phase, January draft)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Anthony Castrovince: "Tigers once drafted 3 HOFers in same year: In '76, Detroit took Alan Trammell, Jack Morris and Ozzie Smith", mlb.com, May 29, 2020. [1]