1965 Amateur Draft

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A total of 826 players were selected in the 1965 Amateur draft, baseball's inaugural annual draft. Ken Holtzman, a fourth-round pick of the Chicago Cubs, was the first player to make it to the majors.

1965 First Round Picks[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Kansas City Athletics Rick Monday OF Arizona State University (Col.) Batesville, AR
2 New York Mets Les Rohr LHP West High School (HS) Billings, MT
3 Washington Senators Joe Coleman RHP Natick High School (HS) Natick, MA
4 Houston Astros Alex Barrett SS Atwater (CA) High School (HS) Winton, CA
5 Boston Red Sox Billy Conigliaro OF Swampscott High School (HS) Swampscott, MA
6 Chicago Cubs Rick James RHP Coffee High School (HS) Florence, AL
7 Cleveland Indians Ray Fosse C Marion High School (HS) Marion, IL
8 Los Angeles Dodgers John Wyatt SS Bakersfield High School (HS) Bakersfield, CA
9 Minnesota Twins Eddie Leon SS University of Arizona (Col.) Tucson, AZ Did not sign
10 Pittsburgh Pirates Wayne Dickerson OF Ensley High School (HS) Birmingham, AL
11 California Angels Jim Spencer 1B Andover High School (HS) Glen Burnie, MD
12 Milwaukee Braves Dick Grant 1B Watertown High School (HS) Watertown, MA
13 Detroit Tigers Gene Lamont C Hiawatha High School (HS) Kirkland, IL
14 San Francisco Giants Al Gallagher 3B Santa Clara University (Col.) San Francisco, CA
15 Baltimore Orioles Scott McDonald RHP Marquette High School (HS) Yakima, WA
16 Cincinnati Reds Bernie Carbo 3B Franklin High School (HS) Garden City, MI
17 Chicago White Sox Ken Plesha C University of Notre Dame (Col.) McCook, IL
18 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Adamson RHP Point Loma High School (HS) San Diego, CA Did not sign
19 New York Yankees Bill Burbach RHP Wahlert High School (HS) Dickeyville, WI
20 St. Louis Cardinals Joe DiFabio RHP Delta State University (Col.) Cranford, NJ

Other Notable Selections[edit]

Johnny Bench, Larry Hisle (2nd round); Stan Bahnsen (3rd round); Ken Holtzman, Graig Nettles (4th round); Amos Otis (5th round); Sal Bando, Wayne Garrett, Hal McRae, Clyde Wright (6th round); Marty Pattin (7th round); Tom Seaver (10th round - did not sign); Nolan Ryan (12th round); Gene Garber, Gene Tenace (20th round); Freddie Patek (22nd round); Steve Renko (24th round); Carlton Fisk (48th round - did not sign)