1972 Major League Baseball Draft
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1972 Major League Baseball Draft
1972 Major League Baseball draft
Dave Roberts
San Diego Padres
First round selections24
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First round selections

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer

The following are the first round picks in the 1972 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

* Did not sign

Other notable selections

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer


Round Pick Player Team Position
2 29 Ellis Valentine Montreal Expos Catcher-Outfielder
2 42 Dennis Leonard Kansas City Royals Pitcher
2 43 Bob Knepper San Francisco Giants Pitcher
2 47 John Candelaria Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher
3 50 Dennis Eckersley Cleveland Indians Pitcher
3 53 Gary Carter Montreal Expos Catcher
3 61 Craig Swan New York Mets Pitcher
5 97 Randy Jones San Diego Padres Pitcher
7 167 Willie Randolph Pittsburgh Pirates Shortstop-Catcher
8 172 Jim Sundberg Texas Rangers Catcher
14 336 Rick Honeycutt* Baltimore Orioles Shortstop
15 353 Jason Thompson* Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher-First Baseman
17 401 Glenn Burke Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder
17 404 Vern Ruhle Detroit Tigers Pitcher
25 572 Mike Hargrove Texas Rangers First Baseman
26 596 Lyman Bostock Minnesota Twins Outfielder

* Did not sign


The Montreal Expos had perhaps their best draft in franchise history. The Expos grabbed outfielder Ellis Valentine in round two of the June regular phase and then selected catcher Gary Carter one round later. The Pirates also did well, selecting pitcher John Candelaria in round two and second baseman Willie Randolph in round seven.

Some of the significant picks from the regular phase in June included Dennis Eckersley and Rick Manning (Cleveland). Scott McGregor (New York Yankees) in round one. Also selected in the first round were Chet Lemon (Oakland), Larry Christenson (Philadelphia) and the number one pick, Dave Roberts (San Diego). Roberts went directly to the Padres starting third base position from the University of Oregon campus. The biggest steal was pulled off by the Texas Rangers when they selected infielder Mike Hargrove from Northwestern State University in the 25th round.

Jerry Manuel and Mike Ondina became the first pair of high school teammates to be drafted in the first round of a Major League draft. Both attended Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, California.


  1. ^ "MLB First Round Draft Picks - 1972". Retrieved .
  2. ^ "1972 Baseball Draft". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2018.

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