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1978 Major League Baseball Draft


1978 Major League Baseball Draft

First round selections

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The following are the first round picks in the 1978 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

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

Compensation Picks

  1. ^ Pick from Chicago White Sox as compensation for signing of free agent Ron Blomberg
  2. ^ Pick from Mike Jorgensen
  3. ^ Pick from Los Angeles Dodgers as compensation for signing of free agent Terry Forster
  4. ^ Pick from Boston Red Sox as compensation for signing of free agent Mike Torrez


In 1978, four players made the jump from amateur baseball to the major leagues, including Arizona State third baseman Bob Horner, who was selected number one overall by the Atlanta Braves. Oakland pitchers Tim Conroy and Mike Morgan, and Brian Milner of Toronto also went directly to the big leagues.

In addition to Horner, the Braves also selected future major leaguers Matt Sinatro (2nd round), Steve Bedrosian (3rd round), Rick Behenna (4th round), Jose Alvarez (8th round) and Gerald Perry (11th round).

Others drafted in June 1978 included Lloyd Moseby and Dave Stieb (Toronto), Mike Marshall and Steve Sax (Los Angeles), Cal Ripken, Jr. and Mike Boddicker (Baltimore), Kirk Gibson (Detroit), Kent Hrbek (Minnesota) and Hubie Brooks (New York Mets).[2]

Other notable players

External links

  • databaseThe Baseball CubeComplete draft list from


  1. ^ "MLB First Round Draft Picks - 1978". Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Background on the 1978 MLB Draft". Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 


Preceded by
Harold Baines
1st Overall Picks
Bob Horner
Succeeded by
Al Chambers
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