1979 Amateur Draft

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In 1979, the Kansas City Royals drafted future NFL legends Dan Marino and John Elway. The draft order was set right after the 1978 regular season, so the Boston Red Sox were given the 26th pick and the New York Yankees were given the 25th pick, even though the Yankees went on to beat Boston in the one-game playoff for the AL East title and eventually win the 1978 World Series. While both teams lost their first-round picks, these were the positions used for the remainder of the draft.

1979 First Round Picks[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Seattle Mariners Al Chambers OF John Harris High School (HS) Harrisburg, PA
2 New York Mets Tim Leary RHP UCLA (Col.) Santa Monica, CA
3 Toronto Blue Jays Jay Schroeder C Palisades Charter High School (HS) Pacific Palisades, CA
4 Atlanta Braves Brad Komminsk OF Shawnee High School (Lima) (HS) Lima, OH
5 Oakland Athletics Juan Bustabad SS Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School (HS) Hialeah, FL Did not sign
6 St. Louis Cardinals Andy Van Slyke OF New Hartford High School (HS) New Hartford, NY
7 Cleveland Indians John Bohnet LHP Dr. James J. Hogan High School (HS) Vallejo, CA
8 Houston Astros John Mizerock C Punxsutawney High School (HS) Punxsutawney, PA
9 Chicago White Sox Steve Buechele SS Servite High School (HS) Fullerton, CA Did not sign
10 Montreal Expos Tim Wallach 1B California State-Fullerton (Col.) Huntington Park, CA
11 Minnesota Twins Kevin Brandt OF Nekoosa High School (HS) Nekoosa, WI
12 Chicago Cubs Jon Perlman RHP Baylor University (Col.) Dallas, TX
13 Detroit Tigers Rick Leach OF University of Michigan (Col.) Ann Arbor, MI
14 San Diego Padres Jody Lansford 1B Wilcox High School (HS) Santa Clara, CA
15 San Francisco Giants Scott Garrelts RHP Buckley-Loda High School (HS) Buckley, IL Compensation from California Angels for Jim Barr
16 Los Angeles Dodgers Steve Howe LHP University of Michigan (Col.) Pontiac, MI Compensation from Pittsburgh Pirates for Lee Lacy
17 Texas Rangers Jerry Don Gleaton LHP University of Texas (Col.) Brownwood, TX
18 San Francisco Giants Rick Luecken RHP Spring Woods High School (HS) Houston, TX Did not sign
19 Chicago White Sox Rick Seilheimer C Brenham High School (HS) Brenham, TX Compensation from Baltimore Orioles for Steve Stone
20 Cincinnati Reds Dan Lamar C Bellaire (TX) High School (HS) Houston, TX Compensation from Philadelphia Phillies for Pete Rose
21 Kansas City Royals Atlee Hammaker LHP East Tennessee State University (Col.) Carmel, CA
22 Cincinnati Reds Mike Sullivan RHP Clemson University (Col.) Webster, MA
23 Detroit Tigers Chris Baker OF Livonia-Franklin High School (HS) Dearborn Heights, MI Compensation from Milwaukee Brewers for Jim Slaton
24 San Diego Padres Bob Geren C Clairemont High School (HS) San Diego, CA Compensation from Los Angeles Dodgers for Derrel Thomas
25 Los Angeles Dodgers Steve Perry RHP University of Michigan (Col.) [[]] Compensation from New York Yankees for Tommy John
26 Oakland Athletics Mike Stenhouse OF Harvard University (Col.) Pueblo, CO Did not sign/Compensation from Boston Red Sox for Steve Renko

January 1979 amateur draft[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 New York Mets Neal Heaton LHP Sachem High School (H.S.) Did not sign
2 Seattle Mariners Michael Hood C Washington Academy High School (H.S.)
3 Atlanta Braves Kelly Faulk RHP Wharton County Junior College Did not sign
4 Toronto Blue Jays Scott Patterson RHP Valencia Community College (Col.) Did not sign
5 St. Louis Cardinals Robert Ferris 1B Mesa Community College (Col) Did not sign

Other Notable Selections[edit]

Randy Bush (2nd round); Jose DeLeon (3rd round); Greg Gagne, Jeff Russell (5th round); Bill Doran (6th round); Storm Davis, Von Hayes (7th round); Tony Fossas, Johnny Ray (12th round); Greg Brock (13th round); Pete O'Brien (15th round); Bud Black, Orel Hershiser (17th round); Don Mattingly (19th round); Brett Butler (23rd round); Scott Fletcher, Gary Gaetti, Otis Nixon (secondary phase); Mark Eichhorn, Milt Thompson (2nd round, January); Gary Pettis (6th round, January); Brook Jacoby (7th round, January); Mark Davis, Howard Johnson (secondary phase, January)

Other Sports Selections[edit]

Dan Marino (4th round - did not sign); John Elway (18th round - did not sign)