1978 Amateur Draft

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The 1978 Amateur Draft was the first to use compensation picks to reward teams who had lost top players to free agency.

1978 First Round Picks[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Atlanta Braves Bob Horner 3B Arizona State University (Col.) Junction City, KS
2 Toronto Blue Jays Lloyd Moseby 1B Oakland High School (HS) Oakland, CA
3 New York Mets Hubie Brooks SS Arizona State University (Col.) Los Angeles, CA
4 Oakland Athletics Mike Morgan RHP Valley High School (HS) Las Vegas, NV
5 San Diego Padres Andy Hawkins RHP Midway High School (HS) Waco, TX
6 Seattle Mariners Tito Nanni OF Chestnut Hill Academy High School (HS) Philadelphia, PA
7 San Francisco Giants Bob Cummings C Brother Rice High School (HS) Chicago, IL
8 Milwaukee Brewers Nick Hernandez C Hialeah High School (HS) Hialeah, FL
9 Montreal Expos Glen Franklin SS Chipola Junior College (Col.) [[]]
10 Cleveland Indians Phil Lansford SS Wilcox High School (HS) Santa Clara, CA
11 Houston Astros Rod Boxberger RHP University of Southern California (Col.) [[]]
12 Detroit Tigers Kirk Gibson OF Michigan State University (Col.) Pontiac, MI
13 Chicago Cubs Bill Hayes C Indiana State University (Col.) Cheverly, MD
14 California Angels Tom Brunansky OF West Covina High School (HS) West Covina, CA
15 St. Louis Cardinals Bob Hicks 1B Tate High School (HS) Pensacola, FL
16 Minnesota Twins Lenny Faedo SS Jefferson High School (HS) Tampa, FL
17 Cincinnati Reds Nick Esasky SS Miami Carol City High School (HS) Carol City, FL
18 New York Yankees Rex Hudler SS Bullard High School (HS) Fresno, CA Compensation from the Chicago White Sox for Ron Blomberg
19 Pittsburgh Pirates Brad Garnett 1B DeSoto High School (HS) DeSoto, TX
20 Oakland Athletics Tim Conroy LHP Gateway High School (HS) Monroeville, PA Compensation from Texas Rangers for Mike Jorgensen
21 Pittsburgh Pirates Gerry Aubin OF Dougherty High School (HS) Albany, GA Compensation from Los Angeles Dodgers for Terry Forster
22 Baltimore Orioles Robert Boyce 3B Deer Park High School (HS) Cincinnati, OH
23 Philadelphia Phillies Rip Rollins 1B-RHP Allegheny High School (HS) Sparta, NC
24 New York Yankees Matt Winters OF Williamsville High School (HS) Williamsville, NY Compensation from Boston Red Sox for Mike Torrez
25 Kansas City Royals Buddy Biancalana SS Redwood High School (HS) Greenbrae, CA
26 New York Yankees Brian Ryder RHP Shrewsbury High School (HS) Shrewsbury, MA

January 1978 amateur draft[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Toronto Blue Jays Mike Lebo C
2 Atlanta Braves Joe Housey RHP Miami-Dade College (Coll.) Did not sign
3 Oakland Athletics David Grier RHP Valencia Community College Did not sign
4 New York Mets Gerald Miller 1B Des Moines Area Community College (Col.) Did not sign
5 Seattle Mariners Jim Maler 1B Miami-Dade College (Col)

Other Notable Selections[edit]

Mel Hall, Cal Ripken (2nd round); Steve Bedrosian, Mike Witt (3rd round); Rob Deer (4th round); Dave Stieb (5th round); Mike Boddicker, Mike Marshall (6th round); Charlie Leibrandt, Steve Sax (9th round); Gerald Perry (11th round); Gary Redus (15th round); Kent Hrbek (17th round); Eric Show (18th round); Ryne Sandberg (20th round); Vance Law (39th round); Jesse Orosco (2nd round, January); Doug Jones (3rd round, January); Tony Phillips (secondary phase, January)