List of Oakland Athletics first-round draft picks

The Oakland Athletics (the A's) are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Oakland, California. They play in the American League West division. The Athletics had played in Philadelphia from 1901 to 1954 and then Kansas City from 1955 to 1967 before moving to Oakland. Since the establishment of the Rule 4 Draft the Athletics have selected 72 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft",[1] the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick.[1] In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.[2]

Of these 72 players, 34 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 26 of these were right-handed, while 8 were left-handed. Twelve outfielders, including one center fielder, and eleven shortstops were selected. The A's have also drafted six catchers, four third basemen, four first basemen, and one second baseman in the first round.[3] Additionally 22 players came from high schools or universities in the A's home state of California, the most by far followed by 10 from Texas and 7 from Florida.[3] They also drafted Ariel Prieto in 1995, who had defected from Cuba the year before.[4] Prieto made his Major League debut in 1995, one of 20 players in draft history to go directly to the majors without playing in the minor leagues.[5][6]

Three Athletics' first-round picks have won championships with the franchise. Reggie Jackson (1966) won World Series titles with the team in 1972, 1973, and 1974.[7] Mark McGwire (1984) and Walt Weiss (1985) won with the 1989 championship team.[8][9] Four A's first-round picks have gone on to win the Rookie of the Year Award: McGwire in 1987, Weiss in 1988, Ben Grieve (1994) in 1998, and Huston Street (2004) in 2005.[8][9][10][11] Jackson also won a Most Valuable Player award in 1973 and Barry Zito (1999) won a Cy Young Award in 2002, the A's only picks to win these awards.[7][12] Reggie Jackson is also their only pick in the Baseball Hall of Fame, elected in 1993.[7] Although eligible McGwire has not been elected despite over 500 career home runs and briefly holding the single-season home run record (70).[8] Some see McGwire's exclusion as a sign that the Hall is hesitant to elect players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs as McGwire was suspected of steroid use (he later admitted his use in 2010).[13][14][15] The Athletics have made eighteen selections in the supplemental round of the draft and have made the first overall selection once in the first draft in 1965.[3][16]

The Athletics have failed to sign three first-round draft picks, although did not receive a compensation pick for any of them.[3] The first such player not signed was Pete Broberg in 1968. The A's also failed to sign both of their draft picks in 1979, Juan Bustabad and Mike Stenhouse.[17][18] The Athletics have had ten compensatory picks overall since the first draft in 1965.[3] These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season,[2][19][V] or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year.[20]

Key

Year Each year links to an article about that year's Major League Baseball Draft.
Position Indicates the secondary/collegiate position at which the player was drafted, rather than the professional position the player may have gone on to play
Pick Indicates the number of the pick
* Player did not sign with the Athletics
§ Indicates a supplemental pick
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
'72, '73, '74 Player was a member of the Athletics' 1972, 1973, and 1974 championship teams
'89 Player was a member of the Athletics' 1989 championship team

Picks



Year Name Position School (location) Pick Ref
1965 Monday, RickRick Monday Outfielder Arizona State University
(Tempe, Arizona)
1 [22]
1966 Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson† '72, '73, '74 Outfielder Arizona State University
(Tempe, Arizona)
2 [23]
1967 Bickerton, BrianBrian Bickerton Left-handed pitcher Santana High School
(Santee, California)
7 [24]
1968 Broberg, PetePete Broberg* Right-handed pitcher Palm Beach High School
(Palm Beach, Florida)
2 [25]
1969 Stanhouse, DonDon Stanhouse Right-handed pitcher DeQuoin High School
(DuQuoin, Illinois)
9 [26]
1970 Ford, DanDan Ford Outfielder Fremont High School
(Los Angeles, California)
18 [27]
1971 Daniels, WilliamWilliam Daniels Right-handed pitcher Mackenzie High School
(Detroit, Michigan)
17 [28]
1972 Lemon, ChetChet Lemon Shortstop Fremont High School
(Los Angeles, California)
22 [29]
1973 Scarbery, RandyRandy Scarbery Right-handed pitcher University of Southern California
(Los Angeles, California)
23 [30]
1974 Johnson, JerryJerry Johnson Catcher McCallum High School
(Austin, Texas)
22 [31]
1975 Robinson, BruceBruce Robinson Catcher Stanford University
(Stanford, California)
21 [32]
1976 Sullivan, ThomasThomas Sullivan Right-handed pitcher Garfield High School
(Woodbridge, Virginia)
24 [33]
1977 Harris, CraigCraig Harris Right-handed pitcher Buena High School
(Sierra Vista, Arizona)
18 [34]
1978 Morgan, MikeMike Morgan Right-handed pitcher Valley High School
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
4 [35]
1978 Conroy, TimTim Conroy Left-handed pitcher Gateway Senior High School
(Monroeville, Pennsylvania)
20[a] [35]
1979 Bustabad, JuanJuan Bustabad* Shortstop Miami Lakes High School
(Hialeah, Florida)
5 [36]
1979 Stenhouse, MikeMike Stenhouse* Outfielder Harvard University
(Cambridge, Massachusetts)
26[b] [36]
1980 King, MikeMike King Left-handed pitcher Morningside College
(Sioux City, Iowa)
4 [37]
1981 Pyznarski, TimTim Pyznarski Third baseman Eastern Illinois University
(Charleston, Illinois)
15 [38]
1982 no first-round pick[c] [3]
1983 Hilton, StanStan Hilton Right-handed pitcher Baylor University
(Waco, Texas)
5 [39]
1984 McGwire, MarkMark McGwire '89 First baseman University of Southern California
(Los Angeles, California)
10 [40]
1985 Weiss, WaltWalt Weiss '89 Shortstop University of North Carolina
(Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
11 [41]
1986 Hemond, ScottScott Hemond Catcher University of South Florida
(Tampa, Florida)
12 [42]
1987 Tinsley, LeeLee Tinsley Outfielder Shelby County High School
(Shelbyville, Kentucky)
11 [43]
1988 Royer, StanStan Royer Catcher Eastern Illinois University
(Charleston, Illinois)
16 [44]
1989 no first-round pick[d] [3]
1990 Van Poppel, ToddTodd Van Poppel Right-handed pitcher Martin High School
(Arlington, Texas)
14[e] [45]
1990 Peters, DonDon Peters Right-handed pitcher St. Francis College
(Joliet, Illinois)
26 [45]
1990 Zancanaro, DavidDavid Zancanaro Left-handed pitcher UCLA
(Los Angeles, California)
34§[f] [45]
1990 Dressendorfer, KirkKirk Dressendorfer Right-handed pitcher University of Texas
(Austin, Texas)
36§[g] [45]
1991 Gates, BrentBrent Gates Shortstop University of Minnesota
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
26 [46]
1991 Rossiter, MikeMike Rossiter Right-handed pitcher Burrough High School
(Burbank, California)
38§[h] [46]
1992 Grigsby, BenjiBenji Grigsby Right-handed pitcher San Diego State University
(San Diego, California)
20 [47]
1993 Wasdin, JohnJohn Wasdin Right-handed pitcher Florida State University
(Tallahassee, Florida)
25 [48]
1993 Adams, WillieWillie Adams Right-handed pitcher Stanford University
(Stanford, California)
36§[i] [48]
1994 Grieve, BenBen Grieve Outfielder Martin High School
(Arlington, Texas)
2 [49]
1995 Prieto, ArielAriel Prieto Right-handed pitcher Fajardo University
(Santiago de Cuba, Cuba)
5 [5][50]
1996 Chavez, EricEric Chavez Third baseman Mount Carmel High School
(San Diego, California)
10 [50]
1997 Enochs, ChrisChris Enochs Right-handed pitcher West Virginia University
(Morgantown, West Virginia)
11 [51]
1997 DuBose, EricEric DuBose Left-handed pitcher Mississippi State University
(Mississippi State, Mississippi)
21[j] [51]
1997 Haynes, NathanNathan Haynes Outfielder Pinole Valley High School
(Pinole, California)
32§[k] [51]
1997 Wagner, DennyDenny Wagner Right-handed pitcher Virginia Tech
(Blacksburg, Virginia)
42§[l] [51]
1998 Mulder, MarkMark Mulder Left-handed pitcher Michigan State University
(East Lansing, Michigan)
2 [52]
1999 Zito, BarryBarry Zito Left-handed pitcher University of Southern California
(Los Angeles, California)
9 [53]
2000 no first-round pick[m] [3]
2001 Crosby, BobbyBobby Crosby Shortstop Long Beach State University
(Long Beach, California)
25 [54]
2001 Bonderman, JeremyJeremy Bonderman Right-handed pitcher Pasco High School
(Pasco, Washington)
26[n] [54]
2001 Rheinecker, JohnJohn Rheinecker Left-handed pitcher Missouri State University
(Springfield, Missouri)
37§[o] [54]
2002 Swisher, NickNick Swisher First baseman Ohio State University
(Columbus, Ohio)
16[p] [55]
2002 Blanton, JoeJoe Blanton Right-handed pitcher University of Kentucky
(Lexington, Kentucky)
24[q] [55]
2002 McCurdy, JohnJohn McCurdy Shortstop University of Maryland
(College Park, Maryland)
26 [55]
2002 Fritz, BenBen Fritz Right-handed pitcher Fresno State University
(Fresno, California)
30[r] [55]
2002 Brown, JeremyJeremy Brown Catcher University of Alabama
(Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
35§[s] [55]
2002 Obenchain, StephenStephen Obenchain Right-handed pitcher University of Evansville
(Evansville, Indiana)
37§[t] [55]
2002 Teahen, MarkMark Teahen Third baseman St. Mary's College of California
(Moraga, California)
39§[u] [55]
2003 Sullivan, BradleyBradley Sullivan Right-handed pitcher University of Houston
(Houston, Texas)
25 [56]
2003 Snyder, BrianBrian Snyder Third baseman Stetson University
(DeLand, Florida)
26[v] [56]
2003 Quintanilla, OmarOmar Quintanilla Shortstop University of Texas
(Austin, Texas)
33§[w] [56]
2004 Powell, LandonLandon Powell Catcher University of South Carolina
(Columbia, South Carolina)
24[x] [57]
2004 Robnett, RichardRichard Robnett Outfielder Fresno State University
(Fresno, California)
26 [57]
2004 Putnam, DannyDanny Putnam Outfielder Stanford University
(Stanford, California)
36§[y] [57]
2004 Street, HustonHuston Street Right-handed pitcher University of Texas
(Austin, Texas)
40§[z] [57]
2005 Pennington, CliffCliff Pennington Shortstop Texas A&M University
(College Station, Texas)
21 [58]
2005 Buck, TravisTravis Buck Outfielder Arizona State University
(Tempe, Arizona)
36§[aa] [58]
2006 no first-round pick[ab] [3]
2007 Simmons, JamesJames Simmons Right-handed pitcher University of California, Riverside
(Riverside, California)
26 [59]
2007 Doolittle, SeanSean Doolittle First baseman University of Virginia
(Charlottesville, Virginia)
41§[ac] [59]
2007 Brown, CoreyCorey Brown Outfielder Oklahoma State University
(Stillwater, Oklahoma)
59§[ad] [59]
2008 Weeks, JemileJemile Weeks Second baseman University of Miami
(Coral Gables, Florida)
12 [60]
2009 Green, GrantGrant Green Shortstop University of Southern California
(Los Angeles, California)
13 [61]
2010 Choice, MichaelMichael Choice Center fielder University of Texas, Arlington
(Arlington, Texas)
10 [62]
2011 Gray, SonnySonny Gray Right-handed pitcher Vanderbilt University
(Nashville, Tennessee)
18 [63]
2012 Russell, AddisonAddison Russell Shortstop Pace High School
(Pace, Florida)
11 [64]
2012 Robertson, DanielDaniel Robertson Shortstop Upland High School
(Upland, California)
34§[ae] [64]
2012 Olson, MattMatt Olson First baseman Parkview High School
(Lilburn, Georgia)
47§[af] [64]

See also

Footnotes

  • V Free agents are evaluated by the Elias Sports Bureau and rated "Type A", "Type B", or not compensation-eligible. If a team offers arbitration to a player but that player refuses and subsequently signs with another team, the original team may receive additional draft picks. If a "Type A" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives a supplemental pick and a compensation pick from the team with which he signs. If a "Type B" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives only a supplemental pick.[20]
  • a The Athletics gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1978 from the Texas Rangers as compensation for losing free agent Mike Jorgensen.[35]
  • b The Athletics gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1979 from the Boston Red Sox as compensation for losing free agent Steve Renko.[36]
  • c The Athletics lost their first-round pick in 1982 to the Boston Red Sox as compensation for signing free agent Joe Rudi.[65]
  • d The Athletics lost their first-round pick in 1989 to the Seattle Mariners as compensation for signing free agent Mike Moore.[66]
  • e The Athletics gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1990 from the Milwaukee Brewers as compensation for losing free agent Dave Parker.[45]
  • f The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1990 for losing free agent Storm Davis.[45]
  • g The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1990 for losing free agent Dave Parker.[45]
  • h The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1991 for losing free agent Willie McGee.[46]
  • i The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1993 for losing free agent Dave Stewart.[48]
  • j The Athletics gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1997 from the Baltimore Orioles as compensation for losing free agent Mike Bordick.[51]
  • k The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1997 for losing free agent Mike Bordick.[51]
  • l The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1997 for losing free agent Mike Bordick.[51]
  • m The Athletics lost their first-round pick in 2000 to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as compensation for signing free agent Mike Magnante.[67]
  • n The Athletics gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2001 from the New York Mets as compensation for losing free agent Kevin Appier.[54]
  • o The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2001 for losing free agent Kevin Appier.[54]
  • p The Athletics gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2002 from the Boston Red Sox as compensation for losing free agent Johnny Damon.[55]
  • q The Athletics gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2002 from the New York Yankees as compensation for losing free agent Jason Giambi.[55]
  • r The Athletics gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2002 from the St. Louis Cardinals as compensation for losing free agent Jason Isringhausen.[55]
  • s The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2002 for losing free agent Jason Giambi.[55]
  • t The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2002 for losing free agent Jason Isringhausen.[55]
  • u The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2002 for losing free agent Johnny Damon.[55]
  • v The Athletics gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2003 from the San Francisco Giants as compensation for losing free agent Ray Durham.[56]
  • w The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2003 for losing free agent Ray Durham.[56]
  • x The Athletics gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2004 from the Boston Red Sox as compensation for losing free agent Keith Foulke.[57]
  • y The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2004 for losing free agent Keith Foulke.[57]
  • z The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2004 for losing free agent Miguel Tejada.[57]
  • aa The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2005 for losing free agent Damian Miller.[58]
  • ab The Athletics lost their first-round pick in 2006 to the Washington Nationals as compensation for losing free agent Esteban Loaiza.[68]
  • ac The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2007 for losing free agent Frank Thomas.[59]
  • ad The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2007 for losing free agent Barry Zito.[59]
  • ae The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2007 for losing free agent Josh Willingham.[59]
  • af The Athletics gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2007 for losing free agent David DeJesus.[59]

References

General references
In-text citations

External links

  • Athletics official website

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