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1981 Major League Baseball draft
General information
Date(s)June 1981
853 total selections
First selectionMike Moore
Seattle Mariners
First round selections26
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1982 →

First round selections

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer

The following are the first round picks in the 1981 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
1 Mike Moore Seattle Mariners Pitcher Oral Roberts University
2 Joe Carter Chicago Cubs Outfield Wichita State University
3 Dick Schofield California Angels Shortstop Griffin High School
4 Terry Blocker New York Mets Outfield Tennessee State University
5 Matt Williams Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Rice University
6 Kevin McReynolds San Diego Padres Outfield Arkansas Razorbacks
7 Daryl Boston Chicago White Sox Outfield Woodward High School
8 Bobby Meacham St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop San Diego State Aztecs
9 Ron Darling Texas Rangers Pitcher Yale University
10 Mark Grant San Francisco Giants Pitcher Joliet Catholic High School
11 Mike Sodders Minnesota Twins Third Base Arizona State University
12 Jay Roberts Atlanta Braves Outfield Centralia High School
13 George Alpert Cleveland Indians Outfield Livingston HS (Livingston, NJ)
14 Jim Winn Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher John Brown University
15 Tim Pyznarski Oakland Athletics Third Base Eastern Illinois University
16 Vance Lovelace Chicago Cubs[Compensation 1] Pitcher Hillsborough High School
17 Ricky Barlow Detroit Tigers Pitcher Woodville High School (Woodville, TX)
18 Darren Dilks Montreal Expos Pitcher Oklahoma State University
19 Steve Lyons Boston Red Sox Shortstop Oregon State University
20 Johnny Abrego Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Mission High School (San Jose, CA)
21 John Cerutti Toronto Blue Jays[Compensation 2] Pitcher Amherst College
22 Dave Anderson Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop University of Memphis
23 Dave Leeper Kansas City Royals Outfield University of Southern California
24 Al Lachowicz Texas Rangers[Compensation 3] Pitcher University of Pittsburgh
25 Kevin Burrell Boston Red Sox[Compensation 4] Catcher Poway High School
26 Frank Castro San Diego Padres[Compensation 5] Catcher University of Miami


Compensation Picks

  1. ^ Pick from Cincinnati Reds as compensation for signing of free agent Larry Biittner
  2. ^ Pick from Milwaukee Brewers as compensation for signing of free agent Roy Howell
  3. ^ Pick from Houston Astros as compensation for signing of free agent Dave Roberts
  4. ^ Pick from Baltimore Orioles as compensation for signing of free agent Jim Dwyer
  5. ^ Pick from New York Yankees as compensation for signing of free agent Dave Winfield

Other notable players

† All-Star
‡ Hall of Famer

NFL players drafted


  1. ^ "MLB First Round Draft Picks - 1981". Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  2. ^ 1st Round of the 1981 MLB June Amateur Draft |