|1973 Major League Baseball draft|
|First selection||David Clyde|
|First round selections||24|
|= All-Star||= Baseball Hall of Famer|
The following are the first round picks in the 1973 Major League Baseball draft.
|1||David Clyde||Texas Rangers||LHP||Houston, TX (Westchester High School)|
|2||John Stearns||Philadelphia Phillies||C||University of Colorado|
|3||Robin Yount||Milwaukee Brewers||SS||Woodland Hills, CA|
|4||David Winfield||San Diego Padres||OF||University of Minnesota|
|5||Glenn Tufts||Cleveland Indians||1B||Bridgewater, MA|
|6||Johnnie LeMaster||San Francisco Giants||SS||Paintsville, KY|
|7||Billy Taylor||Los Angeles Angels||OF||Savannah, GA|
|8||Gary Roenicke||Montreal Expos||SS||West Covina, CA|
|9||Lew Olsen||Kansas City Royals||RHP||Alamo, CA|
|10||Pat Rockett||Atlanta Braves||SS||San Antonio, TX|
|11||Eddie Bane||Minnesota Twins||LHP||Arizona State University|
|12||Joe Edelen||St. Louis Cardinals||3B-RHP||Gracemont, OK|
|13||Doug Heinold||New York Yankees||RHP||Victoria, TX|
|14||Lee Mazzilli||New York Mets||OF||Brooklyn, NY|
|15||Mike Parrott||Baltimore Orioles||RHP||Camarillo, CA|
|16||Jerry Tabb||Chicago Cubs||1B||University of Tulsa|
|17||Ted Cox||Boston Red Sox||SS||Midwest City, OK|
|18||Ted Farr||Los Angeles Dodgers||C||Spokane, WA|
|19||Charles Bates||Detroit Tigers||1B||Cal State Los Angeles|
|20||Calvin Portley||Houston Astros||SS||Longview, TX|
|21||Steve Swisher||Chicago White Sox||C||Ohio University|
|22||Charles Kessler||Cincinnati Reds||OF||Claremont, CA|
|23||Randy Scarbery||Oakland Athletics||RHP||University of Southern California|
|24||Steve Nicosia||Pittsburgh Pirates||C||North Miami Beach, FL|
* Did not sign
|= All-Star||= Baseball Hall of Famer|
|2||41||Fred Lynn||Boston Red Sox||Outfielder|
|3||49||Len Barker||Texas Rangers||Pitcher|
|3||57||Ruppert Jones||Kansas City Royals||Outfielder|
|3||63||Eddie Murray||Baltimore Orioles||Catcher-First Baseman|
|3||71||Floyd Bannister*||Oakland Athletics||Pitcher|
|3||72||Mitchell Page||Pittsburgh Pirates||Outfielder|
|5||109||LaMarr Hoyt||New York Yankees||Pitcher|
|7||159||Mike Flanagan||Baltimore Orioles||Pitcher|
|7||167||Matt Keough||Oakland Athletics||Third Baseman-Pitcher|
|8||170||Randy Lerch||Philadelphia Phillies||Pitcher|
|8||184||Mike Krukow||Chicago Cubs||Pitcher|
|8||185||Butch Hobson||Boston Red Sox||Third Baseman|
|8||188||Ken Landreaux*||Houston Astros||Outfielder|
|9||210||Bob Stanley*||Los Angeles Dodgers||Pitcher|
|13||294||Jack Clark||San Francisco Giants||Pitcher-Outfielder|
|17||404||Joe Sambito||Houston Astros||Pitcher|
|23||527||Jeff Reardon*||Montreal Expos||Pitcher|
* Did not sign
Four dominating players of the late 1970s and 1980s were selected in the June regular phase. Infielder Robin Yount (Milwaukee) and outfielder Dave Winfield (San Diego) were first-rounders, while outfielder Fred Lynn (Boston) and infielder Eddie Murray (Baltimore) were second and third-round selections, respectively.
Winfield stepped off the University of Minnesota campus—where he lettered in three sports—and into the Padres' outfield. He was one of three players from this draft to go directly into the bigs. Highly touted David Clyde was chosen by Texas as the nation's number one pick. He jumped from high school to the majors and won his first game as a Ranger shortly thereafter. But the hard-throwing left-hander developed arm problems and had a short-lived career. Besides Clyde and Winfield, Arizona State's Eddie Bane (Minnesota, 11th overall) went directly to the majors. Other selections of interest included Mike Flanagan (Baltimore), Jack Clark (San Francisco), who was drafted as a pitcher, and Lee Mazzilli (New York Mets). In the January secondary phase, Dick Ruthven (Philadelphia), Jim Sundberg (Texas) and Donnie Moore (Chicago Cubs), who was drafted as an outfielder, were chosen.
| 1st Overall Picks
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The 1973 Texas Rangers season involved the Rangers finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 57 wins and 105 losses.Brian Asselstine
Brian Hanly Asselstine (born September 23, 1953) is a former professional baseball player. He played all or part of six seasons in Major League Baseball, from 1976 until 1981, for the Atlanta Braves, primarily as an outfielder. Asselstine was born in Santa Barbara, California and attended Allan Hancock College. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1st round (15th pick) of the 1973 Major League Baseball DraftAsselstine won the job as the Braves starting center fielder early in the 1978. On May 31, 1978, Asselstine broke the bone just above the ankle in one of his legs as a result of his leaping for a home run hit by Mike Lum. He was out for the rest of the season.Craig Mitchell (baseball)
Craig Seton Mitchell is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Mitchell pitched in parts of three seasons, from 1975 until 1977, for the Oakland Athletics.
Mitchell was the A's first-round draft pick in the secondary phase of the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft. He had previously been drafted twice, once by the New York Mets and once by the New York Yankees, but did not sign with either team. Mitchell made his major league debut in September of 1975, starting and losing a game against the Chicago White Sox. Mitchell pitched one more game in 1976 and three in 1977, finishing his career with just 12.2 innings pitched in the majors.Dave Wehrmeister
David Thomas Wehrmeister (born November 9, 1952) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Wehrmeister pitched parts of six seasons in the majors from 1976 to 1985, never pitching in more than 30 games.
Wehrmeister attended High School at Lyons Township High School where he was a varsity Letter winner in baseball. He was the San Diego Padres' first-round pick, and third overall, in the January regular phase of the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut with the Padres in 1976, and split the next three seasons between the Padres and their minor league system.
In June of 1979, Wehrmeister was traded to the New York Yankees for outfielder Jay Johnstone, but did not play for the Yankees until 1981, when he appeared in four games in relief.
In June of 1983, the Yankees sent Wehrmeister to the Philadelphia Phillies in a minor league deal. In 1984, Wehrmeister got another brief chance at the majors, this time appearing in seven games in June and July before returning to the minors.
Wehrmeister became a free agent at the end of the season, and in January 1985 he signed with the Chicago White Sox, for whom he had his best season statistically, recording his only ERA below 5.00 at 3.43, earning two of his four major league wins, and his only two major league saves. He pitched one more season for the minor league Buffalo Bisons in 1986 before retiring.David Clyde
David Eugene Clyde (born April 22, 1955) is a former left-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who played for five seasons with the Texas Rangers (1973–1975) and Cleveland Indians (1978–1979). He is noted for his once promising baseball career, which ended at age 26 because of arm and shoulder injuries.
Billed as the next Sandy Koufax, Clyde had a stellar high school career at Westchester High School. He was drafted with the first overall pick in the 1973 Major League Baseball draft. The Rangers planned to have Clyde pitch his first two professional games in the major leagues before moving him down to the minor leagues, but Rangers owner Bob Short decided to keep him in the roster for monetary purposes, where he had a 5.01 earned run average in 18 starts. Journalists criticized the Rangers for promoting Clyde too soon, and after an uneventful 1974 campaign, he developed shoulder trouble and was sent down to the minor leagues in 1975, where he pitched three seasons. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 1978, and played two seasons before being demoted. Clyde attempted to make a comeback with the Houston Astros but was unsuccessful.
Clyde's career made him the "poster-boy" for bringing up young players prematurely and dealing with arm injuries. He was named by journalist Randy Galloway as among the worst cases of "mishandling" a young player in baseball history. He is considered by many as a savior of the Texas Rangers franchise because of the significant attendance boost that Clyde's hype brought to the team, preventing it from a possible bankruptcy or American League takeover.Jerry Tabb
Jerry Lynn Tabb is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. He played all or part of three seasons in MLB from 1976 until 1978, for the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics.Jim Otten
James Edward Otten (born July 1, 1951) is a former American professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who appeared in 64 games in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals between 1974 and 1981. He went to Arizona State University, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg).
Otten was selected by the White Sox in the second round (45th overall) of the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft. He was recalled in 1974, a season during which he posted a 13–5 record with the White Sox' two highest farm clubs. He worked in five games (four in relief) for the 1974 ChiSox, then briefly appeared in two games each as a reliever for the 1975–1976 White Sox during subsequent recalls from the minors. After spending all of 1977 at Triple-A, he was traded that December to the Cardinals' organization.
The Cardinals promoted him from their top affiliate, the Springfield Redbirds, in May 1980 and he worked in 55 games for St. Louis during the next two seasons. He earned his only MLB victory on May 14, 1981, when he pitched a scoreless eighth inning of relief against the Houston Astros. When he entered the game, the Cardinals trailed 6–3, but in the top of the ninth inning, they rallied for four runs to take the lead, and Baseball Hall of Fame closer Bruce Sutter nailed down the save for a 7–6 St. Louis triumph.As a Major Leaguer, Otten allowed 150 hits and 67 bases on balls in 118⅔ innings pitched, with 75 strikeouts. Of his 64 appearances, all but five came in relief.Ken Kravec
Kenneth Peter Kravec (born July 29, 1951) is an American professional baseball scout and a former Major League pitcher and front office official. The 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 185 lb (84 kg) left-hander appeared in 160 games pitched, 128 as a starter, exclusively for Chicago's two big league teams, the White Sox (1975–80) and the Cubs (1981–82).
Kravec graduated from Midpark High School, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, played college baseball at Ashland University, and was selected by the White Sox in the third round (69th overall) of the 1973 Major League Baseball draft. He was promoted to the White Sox in September 1975 after posting a record of 14–7 and an earned run average of 2.41 and was named to the Double-A Southern League's all-star team. In his Major League debut on September 4, he started against the Kansas City Royals but lasted only 21⁄3 innings, giving up only one hit but allowing seven bases on balls and three earned runs, taking the loss in a 7–1 Kansas City win.Kravec led all White Sox pitchers in strikeouts from 1977–79, and topped the ChiSox in wins in 1979 with 15. He led the American League in hit batsmen in 1978 (with ten) and tied for the lead in 1979 (14), and finished second in the National League in that category (4) in strike-shortened 1981.
After the White Sox signed free agent catcher Carlton Fisk during the 1980–81 offseason, Fisk found that Kravec was sporting the No. 27 uniform the future Hall of Famer had previously worn with the Boston Red Sox. As a result, Fisk reversed the digits and would wear No. 72 during his 13-year career with Chicago. Both numbers have been retired by their respective teams. Ironically, Kravec was traded to the Cubs (the crosstown rivals of the White Sox) for right-hander Dennis Lamp on March 28, 1981, just a few weeks into Fisk's tenure with the club.
All told, Kravec allowed 814 hits and 404 bases on balls in 8582⁄3 Major League innings pitched, with 557 strikeouts, six shutouts, 24 complete games, and one save.
He remained in baseball after his active career ended as a scout for the Royals, Florida Marlins, Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays.Mike Dimmel
Michael Wayne Dimmel (born October 16, 1954) is a retired professional baseball player who played 3 seasons in Major League Baseball. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 6th round of the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft. He was later drafted by the Baltimore Orioles from the Dodgers in the 1976 Rule V Draft. After two seasons with the Orioles he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Benny Ayala.
Dimmel is currently a Senior Vice President of Investments with Morgan Stanley out of its Dallas office. He had begun his business career as a financial adviser with Underwood Neuhaus in 1985.Mike Heath
Michael Thomas Heath (born February 5, 1955) is an American former professional baseball catcher. He played fourteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the New York Yankees (1978), Oakland Athletics (1979–1985), St. Louis Cardinals (1986), Detroit Tigers (1986–1990), and Atlanta Braves (1991).
While Heath played most of his games as a catcher, he started his professional baseball career as a shortstop and played every position except pitcher during his major league career. He played 1,083 games at catcher, 142 games in right field, 79 games in left field, 39 games as a DH, 38 games at third base, four games each at first base and shortstop, and one game each at second base and center field.
Drafted by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 1973 Major League Baseball draft, Heath made his major league debut with the New York Yankees on June 3, 1978 at the age of 23. He hit .228 in 33 games with the 1978 Yankees and appeared in one game of the 1978 World Series.
On November 10, 1978, Heath went to the Oakland A's in a ten-player trade that sent Dave Righetti to the Yankees. Heath got substantial playing time in seven seasons with the A's. Heath hit .333 for the A's in the 1981 American League Championship Series.
While with the A's, Heath caught Mike Warren's no-hitter on September 29, 1983.Heath was known for his strong throwing arm. In 1989, playing with the Detroit Tigers, Heath led the AL's catchers with 66 assists and 10 double plays.
Heath singled in his last plate appearance vs. the Cincinnati Reds in July 1991.Mike Parrott
Michael Everett Arch Parrott (born December 6, 1954 in Oxnard, California), nicknamed "Bird", is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Parrott graduated from Adolfo Camarillo High School in Camarillo, California in 1973. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the first round, 15th pick, of the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft. During a five-year baseball career, he pitched for the Orioles (1977) and the Seattle Mariners (1977–81).
A minor league pitching coach for over 30 years, in 2019 Parrott became the pitching coach of the Kane County Cougars, the Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. This followed several years in the same position with the Hillsboro Hops.Tim Ireland
Timothy Neal Christopher Ireland is a former professional baseball player. He played parts of two seasons in Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals, appearing in 11 games in 1981 and 1982. He has also managed 12 seasons at various levels of the minor leagues.
Ireland was originally selected in the 25th round of the 1973 Major League Baseball draft by the Montreal Expos. He was released by Montreal in April 1975, and over the next four seasons was under contract to five different organizations, ending up with the Royals in May 1977. He spent four more seasons with the Royals organization before making it to the majors in 1981, when he played four games at first base without coming to bat. He did score one run that season as a pinch runner. In 1982 he played in 7 additional games, including a pair of starts in right field, going 1-for-7 at the plate. In December, he was released. He then played two seasons for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan, and for the Fort Myers Sun Sox in the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989.
After his playing career, he managed the Salinas Spurs in the California League in 1989. He then managed from 1992 until 1997 in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system, winning league titles with the Stockton Ports in the California League in 1992 and with the El Paso Diablos in the Texas League in 1994.
He spent the next three seasons as a scout for the Colorado Rockies, mostly in the Pacific Rim, signing Chin-hui Tsao among other players. In 2001, he returned to minor league managing with the independent Sonoma County Crushers. The following season, he was hired by the Texas Rangers, and managed in their system until 2004, when he won another league title with the Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League.
In 2005, the Rangers made Ireland their minor league baserunning coordinator. In 2006, he started the season as manager of the Oklahoma RedHawks, but was replaced after 33 games by Mike Boulanger.Tom McMillan (baseball)
Thomas Erwin McMillan (born September 13, 1951), also known as Tom or Tommy McMillan, is a retired professional baseball player whose career spanned seven seasons, including one in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners (1977). As a member of the inaugural Mariners team, McMillan, a shortstop, went hitless in five at-bats. The majority of his career was spent in the minor leagues. After he was drafted out of Jacksonville University by the Cleveland Indians during the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft, McMillan made his professional debut that year with the Double-A San Antonio Brewers.
Over his minor league career, McMillan played with the Double-A San Antonio Brewers (1973), Triple-A Oklahoma City 89ers (1973–75), the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens (1976), the Triple-A Iowa Oaks (1976), the Triple-A New Orleans Pelicans (1977), the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings (1977), the Triple-A San Jose Missions (1977), and the Double-A Buffalo Bisons (1978). In 711 minor league career games, McMillan batted .252 with 591 hits, 74 doubles, 24 triples, and 10 home runs.
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