1974 Major League Baseball draft
First selectionBill Almon
San Diego Padres
First round selections24
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The 1974 Major League Baseball draft took place prior to the 1974 MLB season. The draft saw the San Diego Padres select Bill Almon first overall.

First round selections

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer

The following are the first round picks in the 1974 Major League Baseball draft.[1][2][3]

Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
1 Bill Almon San Diego Padres SS Brown University
2 Tommy Boggs Texas Rangers RHP Austin, Texas
3 Lonnie Smith Philadelphia Phillies OF Compton, California
4 Tom Brennan Cleveland Indians RHP Lewis University
5 Dale Murphy Atlanta Braves C Portland, Oregon
6 Butch Edge Milwaukee Brewers RHP Sacramento, California
7 Scot Thompson Chicago Cubs OF Renfrew, Pennsylvania
8 Larry Monroe Chicago White Sox RHP Mt. Prospect, Illinois
9 Ron Sorey Montreal Expos 3B Dayton, Ohio
10 Mike Miley California Angels SS Louisiana State University
11 Rod Scurry Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Sparks, Nevada
12 Dennis Sherrill New York Yankees SS Miami, Florida
13 Garry Templeton St. Louis Cardinals SS Santa Ana, California
14 Ted Shipley Minnesota Twins SS Vanderbilt University
15 Kevin Drake Houston Astros OF Lompoc, California
16 Lance Parrish Detroit Tigers 3B Diamond Bar, California
17 Cliff Speck New York Mets RHP Beaverton, Oregon
18 Willie Wilson Kansas City Royals OF Summit, New Jersey
19 Terry Lee San Francisco Giants 2B San Luis Obispo, California
20 Eddie Ford Boston Red Sox SS University of South Carolina
21 Rick Sutcliffe Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Kansas City, Missouri
22 * Jerry Johnson Oakland Athletics C Austin, Texas
23 Steve Reed Cincinnati Reds RHP Fort Wayne, Indiana
24 Rich Dauer Baltimore Orioles 3B University of Southern California

* Did not sign

Other notable selections

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer


Round Pick Player Team Position
2 38 Butch Wynegar Minnesota Twins Catcher
3 56 Pete Vuckovich Chicago White Sox Pitcher
5 99 Jim Morrison Philadelphia Phillies Third baseman
5 119 Steve Henderson Cincinnati Reds Shortstop-Third baseman
6 131 Ed Whitson Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher
8 171 Mark Clear Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher
9 214 Ron Oester Cincinnati Reds Shortstop
10 220 Mickey Mahler Atlanta Braves Pitcher
10 231 Mark Fidrych Detroit Tigers Pitcher
11 256 Scott Sanderson* Kansas City Royals Pitcher
12 263 Bump Wills* San Diego Padres Second baseman
12 268 Jim Gantner Milwaukee Brewers Shortstop
14 317 Bob Welch Chicago Cubs Pitcher
14 325 Mickey Hatcher* Houston Astros Outfielder
19 432 Hubie Brooks* Montreal Expos Shortstop
19 447 Steve Bartkowski* Baltimore Orioles First baseman
28 585 Paul Molitor* St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop
36 667 Eric Show* Minnesota Twins Pitcher

* Did not sign


With the number one pick of the June regular phase, San Diego tabbed infielder Bill Almon from Brown University, one of six shortstops selected in round one. Twelve of the first 13 and a total of 16 first round selections went on to become major leaguers, including Lonnie Smith (Philadelphia), Dale Murphy (Atlanta), Garry Templeton (St. Louis), Lance Parrish (Detroit), Willie Wilson (Kansas City) and Rick Sutcliffe (Los Angeles).

Three players from the June regular phase were among the ones who got away. Pitcher Bob Welch (Chicago Cubs, 14th round), infielder Paul Molitor (St. Louis, 28th round) and pitcher Eric Show (Minnesota, 36th round) turned down pro offers for college scholarships.


  1. ^ "MLB First Round Draft Picks - 1974". Retrieved October 28, 2008.
  2. ^ "1st Round of the 1974 MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 30, 2023.
  3. ^ "1974 MLB Baseball Draft Results - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 30, 2023.
  4. ^ "1974 Baseball Draft by Baseball Almanac".