1996 Amateur Draft

From BR Bullpen

1996 First Round Picks[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Pittsburgh Pirates Kris Benson RHP Clemson University (Col.) Superior, WI
2 Minnesota Twins Travis Lee 1B San Diego State University (Col.) San Diego, CA Did not signsee notes
3 St. Louis Cardinals Braden Looper RHP Wichita State University (Col.) Weatherford, OK
4 Toronto Blue Jays Billy Koch RHP Clemson University (Col.) Rockville Centre, NY
5 Montreal Expos John Patterson RHP West Orange-Stark High School (HS) Orange, TX Did not signsee notes
6 Detroit Tigers Seth Greisinger RHP University of Virginia (Col.) Kansas City, KS
7 San Francisco Giants Matt White RHP Waynesboro Area High School (HS) Waynesboro, PA Did not signsee notes
8 Milwaukee Brewers Chad Green OF University of Kentucky (Col.) Dunkirk, NY
9 Florida Marlins Mark Kotsay OF California State-Fullerton (Col.) Whittier, CA
10 Oakland Athletics Eric Chavez 3B Mount Carmel High School (HS) San Diego, CA
11 Philadelphia Phillies Adam Eaton RHP Snohomish High School (HS) Snohomish, WA
12 Chicago White Sox Bobby Seay LHP Sarasota High School (HS) Sarasota, FL Did not signsee notes
13 New York Mets Rob Stratton OF San Marcos (CA) High School (HS) Santa Barbara, CA
14 Kansas City Royals Dermal Brown OF Marlboro Central High School (HS) Marlboro, NY
15 San Diego Padres Matt Halloran SS Chancellor High School (HS) Fredericksburg, VA
16 Toronto Blue Jays Joe Lawrence SS Barbe High School (HS) Lake Charles, LA Compensation from Baltimore Orioles for Roberto Alomar
17 Chicago Cubs Todd Noel RHP North Vermilion High School (HS) Maurice, LA
18 Texas Rangers R.A. Dickey RHP University of Tennessee (Col.) Nashville, TN
19 Houston Astros Mark J. Johnson RHP University of Hawaii (Col.) Worcester, MA
20 New York Yankees Eric Milton LHP University of Maryland (Col.) State College, PA Compensation from California Angels for Randy Velarde
21 Colorado Rockies Jake Westbrook RHP Madison County High School (HS) Danielsville, GA
22 Seattle Mariners Gil Meche RHP Acadiana High School (HS) Lafayette, LA
23 Los Angeles Dodgers Damian Rolls 3B Schlagel High School (HS) Kansas City, KS
24 Texas Rangers Sam Marsonek RHP Jesuit High School (HS) Tampa, FL Compensation from New York Yankees for Kenny Rogers
25 Cincinnati Reds John Oliver OF Lake-Lehman High School (HS) Lehman, PA
26 Boston Red Sox Josh Garrett RHP South Spencer High School (HS) Richland, IN? Richland City, IN?
27 Atlanta Braves A.J. Zapp 1B Center Grove High School (HS) Greenwood, IN
28 Cleveland Indians Danny Peoples 1B University of Texas (Col.) Round Rock, TX
29 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Paul Wilder OF Cary High School (HS) Raleigh, NC
30 Arizona Diamondbacks Nick Bierbrodt LHP Millikan High School (Long Beach, CA) (HS) Long Beach, CA

Supplemental First Round[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
31 Toronto Blue Jays Peter Tucci 1B-OF Providence College (Col.) [[]] Compensation for Roberto Alomar
32 Texas Rangers Corey Lee P North Carolina State University (Col.) [[]] Compensation for Kenny Rogers
33 Cincinnati Reds Matt McClendon P Dr. Phillips High School (HS) Orlando, FL Did not sign/Compensation for Ron Gant
34 Boston Red Sox Chris Reitsma P Calgary Christian High School (HS) Calgary, AB Compensation for Erik Hanson
35 Atlanta Braves Jason Marquis P Tottenville High School (HS) Staten Island, NY Compesation for failure to sign 1995 pick Chad Hutchinson

Other Notable Selections[edit]

Milton Bradley, Jacque Jones; Jimmy Rollins (2nd round); Alex Cora, Scott Schoeneweis (3rd round); Joe Crede, Brad Penny (5th round); Casey Blake, Mark DeRosa (7th round); Doug Davis (10th round); John McDonald (12th round); Chad Bradford (13th round); Jamey Carroll (14th round); Kevin Gregg (15th round); Ted Lilly, Roy Oswalt (23rd round); Kyle Lohse (29th round); Travis Hafner (31st round); Dan Wheeler (34th round)

Draft Notes[edit]

This was the first draft in which the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays took part, and the longest draft overall with 1,740 players selected across 100 rounds.

Four players selected in the first round (Lee, Patterson, White, and Seay) did not sign with the teams that selected them and were declared free agents according to Rule 4 (E). Lee and Patterson ultimately signed with the Diamondbacks, and White and Seay made deals with the Devil Rays.

Travis Phelps was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 89th round and in 2001 became the lowest round draftee to ever play in the majors. Scott Seabol, drafted in the 88th round by the New York Yankees, also made his major league debut that year.

Clay Condrey was selected by the New York Yankees in the 94th round, but failed to sign. He later signed with the San Diego Padres as an amateur free agent, and made his major league debut in 2002.