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The 1979 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held on June 5–7, 1979, via conference call.[1]

1979 Major League Baseball draft
General information
Date(s)June 5-7, 1979
First selectionAl Chambers
Seattle Mariners
First round selections26
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First round selectionsEdit

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer

The following are the first round picks in the 1979 Major League Baseball draft.[2]

Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
1 Al Chambers Seattle Mariners OF Harrisburg, PA
2 Tim Leary New York Mets RHP UCLA
3 Jay Schroeder Toronto Blue Jays C Pacific Palisades, CA
4 Brad Komminsk Atlanta Braves OF Lima, OH
5 Juan Bustabad * Oakland Athletics SS Hialeah, FL
6 Andy Van Slyke St. Louis Cardinals OF New Hartford, NY
7 John Bohnet Cleveland Indians LHP Vallejo, CA
8 John Mizerock Houston Astros C Punxsutawney, PA
9 Steve Buechele * Chicago White Sox SS Fullerton, CA
10 Tim Wallach Montreal Expos 1B Cal State Fullerton
11 Kevin Brandt Minnesota Twins OF Nekoosa, WI
12 Jon Perlman Chicago Cubs RHP Baylor University
13 Rick Leach Detroit Tigers OF University of Michigan
14 Joe Lansford San Diego Padres 1B San Jose, CA
15 Scott Garrelts San Francisco Giants[Compensation 1] RHP Buckley, IL
16 Steve Howe Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 2] LHP University of Michigan
17 Donnie Ebber * Texas Rangers LHP Lake View
18 Rick Luecken * San Francisco Giants RHP Houston, TX
19 Rick Seilheimer Chicago White Sox[Compensation 3] C Brenham, TX
20 Dan Lamar Cincinnati Reds[Compensation 4] C Houston, TX
21 Atlee Hammaker Kansas City Royals LHP East Tennessee State University
22 Mike Sullivan Cincinnati Reds RHP Clemson University
23 Chris Baker Detroit Tigers[Compensation 5] OF Dearborn Heights, MI
24 Bob Geren San Diego Padres[Compensation 6] C San Diego, CA
25 Steve Perry Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 7] RHP University of Michigan
26 Mike Stenhouse * Oakland Athletics[Compensation 8] OF Harvard University

* Did not sign

Compensation PicksEdit

  1. ^ Pick from California Angels as compensation for signing of free agent Jim Barr
  2. ^ Pick from Pittsburgh Pirates as compensation for signing of free agent Lee Lacy
  3. ^ Pick from Baltimore Orioles as compensation for signing of free agent Steve Stone
  4. ^ Pick from Philadelphia Phillies as compensation for signing of free agent Pete Rose
  5. ^ Pick from Milwaukee Brewers as compensation for signing of free agent Jim Slaton
  6. ^ Pick from Los Angeles Dodgers as compensation for signing of free agent Derrel Thomas
  7. ^ Pick from New York Yankees as compensation for signing of free agent Tommy John
  8. ^ Pick from Boston Red Sox as compensation for signing of free agent Steve Renko

Other notable selectionsEdit

Later rounds of the draft included the following notable players:[3]

† All-Star
‡ Hall of Famer

A number of future football players were drafted in 1979, including John Elway (Kansas City), Kevin House (St. Louis), Dan Marino (Kansas City), Jay Schroeder (Toronto), Jack Thompson (Seattle), and Curt Warner (Philadelphia).[3]

See alsoEdit

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.


  1. ^ "Baseball Draft Today". Wilmington, NC: Wilmington Morning Star. 1979-06-05. p. 3B.
  2. ^ "MLB First Round Draft Picks - 1979". Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  3. ^ a b "Background on the 1979 MLB Draft". Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-03.

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