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Draftback: 1984 MLB Draft

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Next up is 1984 and I selected this particular year as it features easily the worst #1 pick of the 1980's. The Mets had the #1 pick and they wanted to draft Mark McGwire but could not agree on a contract so they settled for this...


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1. Mets - Shawn Abner, Outfield, High School

Abner never put on a real Mets uniform as he was traded to San Diego after the 1986 season in the Kevin Mitchell/Kevin McReynolds deal. .227/.269/.323 line in 392 ML games with only 13 career Win Shares.


2. Mariners - Bill Swift, Pitcher, Maine

Another player involved in a Kevin Mitchell deal, traded to the Giants in a five player deal after the 1991 season. It was in San Francisco where Swift broke out, winning the ERA title in 1992 and winning 21 games in 1993. That was his peak though as he had elbow, shoulder, and other various arm problems through out his career going back to his Seattle days.


3. Cubs - Drew Hall, Pitcher, Morehead State

Fewer than 200 IP in the Majors, primarily as a reliever.


4. Indians - Cory Snyder, Shortstop, BYU

Could hit for power but had zero plate discipline. In 1987 he stuck out 166 times with only 31 walks.


5. Reds - Pat Pacillo, Pitcher, Seton Hall

His 85 walks in 149 innings at Triple-A in 1986 was a bad sign. Only a little over 50 IP in the Majors.


6. Angels - Erik Pappas, Catcher, High School

Nice strikeout/walk numbers (53/48) but results weren't pretty when he put it in play in his very short career. But hey he was the MVP of the 2002 European Baseball Championships.


7. Cardinals - Mike Dunne, Pitcher, Bradley

I must have had thirty 1988 Topps Mike Dunne cards. Traded to the Pirates in the Andy Van Slyke/Tony Pena deal right before the 1987 season. On the surface had a very impressive rookie year (13-6, 3.03 ERA) but his poor K/BB ratio (72/68) spelled doom for any future success.


8. Twins - Jay Bell, Shortstop, High School

Yet another #1 pick traded before they reach the Majors. Traded to Cleveland in 1985 in a deal for Bert Blyleven. Good hitting shortstop who lasted 18 years.


9. Giants - Alan Cockrell, Outfield, Tennessee

Didn't make his ML debut until 1996 for a cup of coffee with the Rockies.


10. A's - Mark McGwire, First Base, USC

My favorite player of all-time. I want him in the Hall of Fame but under the current circumstances might never get in.


11. Padres - Shane Mack, Outfield, UCLA

Very good hitter but only played nine years filled with several nagging injuries.


12. Rangers - Oddibe McDowell, Outfield, Arizona State

One of the great first names in baseball history. Already a regular player by 1985 but beyond a decent second year, not much of a career.


13. Expos - Bob Caffrey, Catcher, Cal State Fullerton

An Olympian but never a Major Leaguer.


14. Red Sox - John Marzano, Catcher, Temple

Believe it or not actually played in 10 different ML seasons but only 301 games played in that span.


15. Pirates - Kevin Andersh, Pitcher, New Mexico

I searched his name on Google Groups and there was a total of one entry.


16. Royals - Scott Bankhead, Pitcher, North Carolina

One decent year in 1989 but otherwise an erratic career.


17. Astros - Don August, Pitcher, Chapman College

Traded for Danny Darwin late in 1986, had a decent rookie year but was a mess after that.


18. Brewers - Isaiah Clark, Shortstop, High School

Brother of mid-90's Padres scrub Phil Clark. That's all I got.


19. Braves - Drew Denson, First Base, High School

Only 41 career ML at bats.


20. White Sox - Tony Menendez, Pitcher, High School

Threw over 1000 innings in the minors, only 29 in the majors.


21. Phillies - Pete Smith, Pitcher, High School

Traded to Atlanta after the 1985 season in a deal for Steve Bedrosian, the Braves hot shotted him from Double-A in 1987 which probably doomed his career. Threw almost 200 innings at age 22 in 1988 and it's no shock he had arm problems after that.


22. Yankees - Jeff Pries, Pitcher, UCLA

The Yankees first, 1st Round pick since 1979 (kept giving them up for free agent signings) and never made it to the Majors.


23. Dodgers - Dennis Livingston, Pitcher Oklahoma State

One of several bad 1st round picks by the Dodgers in the 80's.


24. Giants - Terry Mulholland, Pitcher, Marietta College

Hasn't been effective in about seven years but he's left handed so he's still getting a Major League salary at 103 years old.


25. Orioles - John Hoover, Pitcher, Fresno State

Pitched just two games in the Majors.


26. White Sox - Tom Hartley, Outfield, High School

Never made it.


Other Picks of Note


1st Round (Compensatory) Expos - Norm Charlton

2nd Round Braves - Tom Glavine

2nd Round Yankees - Al Leiter

2nd Round Cubs - Greg Maddux

3rd Round Astros - Ken Caminiti

6th Round Cardinals - Lance Johnson

6th Round Cubs - Jamie Moyer

12th Ruond Mets - John Wetteland (did not sign)

13th Round Expos - Jeff Brantley (did not sign)

14th Round Brewers - John Jaha

15th Round Angels - Chuck Finley

17th Round Angels - Dante Bichette

20th Round Red Sox - Jack McDowell (did not sign)

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24. Giants - Terry Mulholland, Pitcher, Marietta College

Hasn't been effective in about seven years but he's left handed so he's still getting a Major League salary at 103 years old.


This is a little unfair to Mulholland, who's had a tremendous career despite sticking around far too long. Mulholland has a no-hitter under his belt. The only baserunner in that game reached on an error and the following batter grounded into a double play. Mulholland was also the pitcher who threw his glove to the first baseman to record the out when the ball got stuck in his webbing.



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