|1975 Major League Baseball draft|
|First selection||Danny Goodwin|
|First round selections||24|
|= All-Star||= Baseball Hall of Famer|
The following are the first round picks in the 1975 Major League Baseball draft. Many baseball draft experts consider the 1975 draft to be the weakest in MLB history.
|1||Danny Goodwin||California Angels||Catcher||Southern University|
|2||Mike Lentz||San Diego Padres||Pitcher||Juanita High School|
|3||Les Filkins||Detroit Tigers||Outfield||George Washington High School|
|4||Brian Rosinski||Chicago Cubs||Outfield||Evanston Senior High School|
|5||Richard OKeefe||Milwaukee Brewers||Pitcher||Yorktown Heights High School|
|6||Butch Benton||New York Mets||Catcher||Godby High School|
|7||Rick Cerone||Cleveland Indians||Catcher||Seton Hall University|
|8||Ted Barnicle||San Francisco Giants||Pitcher||Jacksonville State University|
|9||Clint Hurdle||Kansas City Royals||Outfield||Merritt Island High School|
|10||Art Miles||Montreal Expos||Shortstop||David Crockett High School|
|11||Chris Knapp||Chicago White Sox||Pitcher||Central Michigan University|
|12||Sam Welborn||Philadelphia Phillies||Pitcher||Wichita Falls High School|
|13||Rick Sofield||Minnesota Twins||Shortstop||Morristown High School|
|14||Bo McLaughlin||Houston Astros||Pitcher||David Lipscomb College|
|15||Otis Foster||Boston Red Sox||First Base||High Point University|
|16||David Johnson||St. Louis Cardinals||Pitcher||Gaylord High School|
|17||Jim Gideon||Texas Rangers||Pitcher||University of Texas|
|18||Donald Young||Atlanta Braves||Catcher||Dos Pueblos High School|
|19||Jim McDonald||New York Yankees||First Base||Verbum Dei High School|
|20||Dale Berra||Pittsburgh Pirates||Shortstop||Montclair High School|
|21||Bruce Robinson||Oakland Athletics||Catcher||Stanford Cardinal|
|22||Tony Moretto||Cincinnati Reds||Outfield||Harrison High School|
|23||Dave Ford||Baltimore Orioles||Pitcher||Lincoln West High School|
|24||Mark Bradley||Los Angeles Dodgers||Shortstop||Elizabethtown High School|
|= All-Star||= Baseball Hall of Famer|
|2||28||Lee Smith||Chicago Cubs||Pitcher|
|3||49||Carney Lansford||California Angels||Shortstop|
|3||68||Don Robinson||Pittsburgh Pirates||Pitcher|
|4||75||Jason Thompson||Detroit Tigers||Pitcher-First Baseman|
|4||84||Dickie Noles||Philadelphia Phillies||Pitcher|
|5||99||Lou Whitaker||Detroit Tigers||Third Baseman|
|7||156||Keith Moreland||Philadelphia Phillies||Third Baseman|
|11||250||Andre Dawson||Montreal Expos||Outfielder|
|15||357||Bob Horner*||Oakland Athletics||Shortstop|
|16||384||Dave Stewart||Los Angeles Dodgers||Pitcher|
|20||473||Glenn Hubbard||Atlanta Braves||Second Baseman|
|21||484||John Tudor*||New York Mets||Pitcher|
* Did not sign
| 1st Overall Picks
The 1975 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 72 wins and 89 losses.
California hit 55 home runs for the entire season. This caused Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee to say about the team- "could take batting practice in a hotel lobby without damaging a chandelier."1975 Los Angeles Dodgers season
The 1975 Los Angeles Dodgers finished in second place, 20 games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the Western Division of the National League.1975 New York Mets season
The 1975 New York Mets season was the 14th regular season for the Mets, who played their home games at Shea Stadium. Initially led by manager Yogi Berra followed by Roy McMillan, the team had an 82–80 record and finished in third-place in the National League's Eastern Division.1975 Oakland Athletics season
The Oakland Athletics' 1975 season involved the A's finishing first in the American League West with a record of 98 wins and 64 losses. They went on to play the Boston Red Sox in the 1975 American League Championship Series, losing in three straight games.Andy Replogle
Andy Replogle (October 7, 1953 – April 10, 2012) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. Replogle was drafted in the ninth round of the 1975 Major League Baseball draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Previously, he was drafted by the New York Mets, but did not sign with the team. In 1977, Replogle was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the Rule 5 draft. The following year, he was selected off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers from the Orioles, and he played two seasons with the team. Later in his career, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds, but was released from the team before he played in a regular season game with them.
Replogle played at the collegiate level at Kansas State University.Brad Gulden
Bradley Lee Gulden (born June 10, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball player who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, and San Francisco Giants. He debuted with the Dodgers on September 22, 1978 against the San Diego Padres after being drafted by L.A. in the 17th round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft. Gulden played in fewer than 10 games in four of his seven major league seasons and finished with a batting average of .200.
On August 3, 1979, during the Yankees' first game after the death of Thurman Munson in an airplane crash the previous day, Gulden replaced starting catcher Jerry Narron in the ninth inning. Gulden started on August 6 in the team's first game after Munson's funeral, only to be replaced himself in the ninth by Narron.
Gulden holds a place in Major League Baseball trivia by being one of four players in history to be traded for himself, along with Harry Chiti, Dickie Noles, and John McDonald. In 1980, the New York Yankees sent him to the Seattle Mariners with $150,000 for a player to be named and Larry Milbourne. In May 1981, the Mariners sent Gulden back to the Yankees as the player to be named.
In 1986, Gulden was on his way out of the major leagues, when he was given the nickname "Humm Baby" by Giants manager Roger Craig after he had been given a spot on the roster as a third catcher.Bruce Robinson (baseball)
Bruce Philip Robinson, (born April 16, 1954, in La Jolla, California) is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He played parts of three seasons from 1978 until 1980 and was on the New York Yankees disabled list during the 1981 and 1982 seasons.
A first-round pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft, Robinson's career was derailed by an automobile accident while playing for the New York Yankees in 1980. He never returned to the majors, though he continued to play in the minor leagues in 1983, with the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA affiliate in Hawaii and in 1984 with the A's in Tacoma and Modesto. During that time, Robinson was a player-coach for the Modesto A's in 1984, where he worked with future stars Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco.Butch Benton
Alfred Lee "Butch" Benton (born August 24, 1957 in Tampa, Florida) was a Major League Baseball right-handed catcher. He was selected sixth overall in the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets.Chris Knapp (baseball)
Robert Christian Knapp (born September 16, 1953) is an American former professional baseball right-handed pitcher, whose career totals include 122 Major League Baseball (MLB) games pitched, for the Chicago White Sox (1975–1977) and California Angels (1978–1980). He won 12 and 14 games, respectively, in back-to-back seasons (1977–1978). During his playing days, Knapp stood 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), weighing 195 lb (88 kg).
After graduating from Central Michigan University, Knapp was selected in the first round of the 1975 Major League Baseball draft by the White Sox. He played parts of the 1975, 1976, and 1977 seasons with Chicago, although most of his time in the first two years of his career was spent in the White Sox farm system. In 1977 he appeared in five games for the Triple-A Iowa Oaks, and worked in 27 MLB games for the White Sox, 26 as a starting pitcher, posting a 12–7 record with four complete games. On December 5, however, he was included in a major off-season trade, when he was sent to the Angels with catcher Brian Downing and pitcher Dave Frost for outfielders Bobby Bonds and Thad Bosley and pitcher Richard Dotson. Knapp then worked in 30 games for the 1978 Angels, 29 as a starter, and posted a 14–8 mark with six complete games.
In 1979 and 1980, however, his effectiveness diminished, as he could win only seven of 23 decisions and his earned run average ballooned to 5.51 and 6.14, respectively. He was sent to the minor leagues in 1981. Knapp finished his career in the minors during the 1983 season, going winless in four starts.During his MLB career, Knapp allowed 642 hits and 250 bases on balls in 604⅓ innings pitched, with 355 strikeouts and 15 total complete games.
Knapp is best known for giving up the longest home run in history, which measured distance has yet to be recorded since the ball hasn’t landed yet.Dan Graham (baseball)
Daniel Jay Graham (born July 19, 1954 in Ray, Arizona) is an American former professional baseball player who appeared in 143 games in the Major Leagues — largely as a catcher — for the Minnesota Twins (1979) and Baltimore Orioles (1980–1981). He threw right-handed, batted left-handed, stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 205 pounds (93 kg).
Graham broke into professional baseball as a third baseman. He was selected by the Twins in the fifth round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft and three times exceeded 20 home runs during his minor league career. After debuting in MLB by going hitless in two June games for the 1979 Twins, he was acquired by Baltimore that off-season and optioned to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings to begin the 1980 campaign. In 16 games, he batted .346 with four home runs, earning a call-up to the Orioles in May. In his second game, May 10 against the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium, he started at catcher and collected his first MLB hit, and homer, off Lary Sorensen. In his next two starts, May 13–14 against the Texas Rangers at Memorial Stadium, Graham had seven hits in nine at bats, including his second big-league home run. His success at the plate led manager Earl Weaver to use him on a semi-regular basis, along with right-handed-hitting Rick Dempsey. Graham started 65 games at catcher, with Dempsey starting 95.
For the season, Graham hit 15 home runs and drove home 54 runs batted in in 286 plate appearances, batting .278.
In 1981, Graham spent his only full season in the Majors, but his production plummeted to only 25 hits in 156 at bats (.176) with two home runs. He finished his pro career with Rochester in 1982.Danny Garcia (outfielder)
Daniel R. Garcia is a former professional baseball player. He played for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB) during the 1981 season.
Raised in Queens, New York, Garcia studied psychology at Bernard M. Baruch College. He was a batboy for the 1973 National League Champion New York Mets and a former member of the 1974 National Champion Alaska Goldpanners baseball team.
Garcia was drafted as an outfielder by the Royals in the 11th round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft. He enjoyed a 7-year minor league career, before reaching the major leagues. He played in 825 minor league games compiling 821 hits, a .290 batting avg. with over 200 stolen bases. Garcia enjoyed his best year in 1980 at AAA Omaha Royals batting .320, which was good for 4th place in the American Association.That same year he won a batting title for Caracas, Venezuela in winter ball. During the spring of the 1982 season he tied a Mexican League record with 10 consecutive hits for the Mexico City Tigers. He retired after the 1982 season batting .378 for AA Buffalo Bisons. Later in his career, he went to Australia, as a player/coach with the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League.
From 1990-1992 he was a minor league hitting, strength and conditioning coach for the San Diego Padres. 1992-1999 he became a Major League scout for the Milwaukee Brewers before being named a Special Assistant to the General Manager, Player Personnel for the Baltimore Orioles 1999-2003. He is a Professional Baseball Hitting Instructor, and a frequent Keynote, and Motivational Speaker at nonprofit, fundraising, and youth leadership events, presenting his 'DG Talks' on the analogies of baseball and life.Dave Ford
David Alan Ford (born December 29, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Ford attended Lincoln-West High School, and after graduating in 1975, was selected with the 23rd pick by the Orioles in the 1975 Major League Baseball draft.Ford started his career in the minor league with Bluefield and Miami in 1975, pitching 52 and 12 innings respectively for the two clubs. In 1976, while playing for Charlotte of the Southern League, he pitched 212 innings, posted a 17–7 record, and had an ERA of 2.50 over 27 games. For his efforts, Ford was named Southern League's Pitcher of the Year. The next season, he pitched for the Rochester Red Wings of the International League, and finished the season with a 9–14 record and a 4.81 ERA. He spent the 1978 season at Rochester as well, pitching in 15 games, winning six and losing five.Ford made his major league debut on September 2, 1978 against the Chicago White Sox. he pitched 8⅓ innings, allowed no runs, struck out two, and received the win. He pitched in one more game during the 1978 Baltimore Orioles season, again not allowing a run, and finished the season with a 1–0 record and an ERA of 0.00. Ford split time between the majors and minors again in 1979, playing in nine major league games and starting two of them. He pitched 30 innings, posted a 2–1 record and had an ERA of 2.10. He became a main part of the roster in 1980, pitching in 25 games, where he pitched nearly 70 innings and had an ERA of 4.26. He played in 15 games the following season, and played in his final major league game on September 9, 1981. He continued to play in the minor leagues for a few years, then retired from baseball in 1985, having last played for the El Paso Diablos.Dave Schmidt (catcher)
David Frederick Schmidt is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He played part of one season for the Boston Red Sox in 1981. Schmidt was drafted by the Red Sox in the second round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft and played his entire career in their organization.Gary LaRocque
Gary LaRocque is the director of player development for the St. Louis Cardinals, a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. A graduate of the University of Hartford, he was an All-American shortstop. LaRocque began his professional baseball career when the Milwaukee Brewers selected him in the 14th round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft as a shortstop. He played Minor League Baseball for three seasons, managed for eight and has also served as a coach, regional professional scout, and scouting director.In 308 total games played in the Brewers minor league system, LaRocque batted .247 with 24 doubles, two home runs, 97 runs batted in, 56 stolen bases, 172 bases on balls and 114 strikeouts over 1,280 plate appearances. After the Brewers released him, LaRocque taught mathematics at East Windsor High School in East Windsor, Connecticut. He became a coach and then a field manager in the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor league system from 1981 to 1988. He guided the Lethbridge Dodgers (1981–1982), the Gulf Coast Dodgers (1983), the San Antonio Dodgers (1984–1987) and the Bakersfield Dodgers (1988). He was named the Pioneer Baseball League's Manager of the Year in 1981. In 883 total games managed – all in the Dodgers' system – LaRocque won 413 and lost 470 for a .468 winning percentage. In 1989, the Dodgers assigned him to scout the region including Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Until 1998, LaRocque continued to work in various roles for the Dodgers. He then went to the New York Mets system as scouting director from 1998 to 2003 and became the Mets Director of Player Development and Assistant General Manager/Vice President in 2004. He signed David Wright out of Chesapeake, Virginia, in 2001. In early 2008, the Cardinals hired him as Senior Special Assistant to general manager John Mozeliak.In 2010, LaRocque's responsibilities shifted from player scouting to player development. He then became the top advisor to John Vuch, who had shifted to the position of farm director. LaRocque and Vuch worked to strengthen the connection between the major league coaches and minor league staff, which including designing and writing "The Cardinal Way" handbook for baseball operations staff and minor league players. During LaRocque's involvement with player development, the Cardinals have drafted and groomed such prospects as Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras. He also worked personally with the staff at each of the Cardinals' minor league affiliates. Baseball America ranked the Cardinals' minor league system 12th in 2012. In 2013, Baseball America ranked the system first. LaRocque implemented an approach to creating methods of challenging minor league prospects in environments beyond their conventional skill placement. During the Cardinals' 2013 World Series run, they secured seventeen of 25 players on their postseason roster who made no more than $524,000, or slightly above major league minimum.Les Filkins
Leslie William Filkins, Jr. (born September 14, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former professional baseball outfielder who played professionally from 1975 to 1983. Filkins was drafted by the Detroit Tigers with the third pick of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft. He played in Detroit's minor league system from 1975 until 1982. He made it as far as Triple A. He batted .255 in his 8 years in the minors, with 60 home runs and 328 runs batted in. In 1983, Filkins played for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in the Central League.Mike Paxton
Michael De Wayne Paxton (born September 3, 1953) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher. He batted and threw right-handed.
Paxton was originally drafted out of Oakhaven High School in Memphis by the New York Yankees in the 1971 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign, choosing instead to attend Memphis State. After four seasons with the Memphis Tigers, in which he was a four-year letter winner under head coach Bobby Kilpatrick, Paxton was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1975 Major League Baseball draft.
He debuted with the Red Sox on May 25, 1977, starting the second game of a doubleheader with the Minnesota Twins, as he pitched 2.1 innings to take the loss. For the season, Paxton went 10-5 with a 3.83 earned run average and 58 strikeouts splitting his time as a starter, and out of the bullpen.
Following his only season with the BoSox, Paxton was dealt to the Cleveland Indians with Ted Cox, Bo Díaz and Rick Wise for Dennis Eckersley and Fred Kendall. His most productive season came in 1978 with Cleveland, when he recorded career-highs in wins (12), strikeouts (96), ERA (3.86), shutouts (2), complete games (5) and innings pitched (191.0). On July 21, 1978, Paxton struck out four batters in the fifth inning of an 11–0 win over the Seattle Mariners.
Paxton was in the Indians' starting rotation again in 1979. After playing in four games for the Indians in 1980, he spent most of 1980 and all of 1981 in the minors before retiring.Randy Niemann
Randal Harold Niemann (born November 15, 1955) is an American professional baseball coach and a former pitcher who appeared in 122 Major League games, all but 10 in relief, in 1979–80 and 1982–87 for the Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets and Minnesota Twins. Niemann was a southpaw pitcher who stood 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighed 200 pounds (91 kg). Born in Scotia, California, he attended College of the Redwoods.
Niemann originally signed with the New York Yankees after he was selected in the second round of the secondary phase of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft, and his active career spanned 14 pro seasons (1975–88). In the Major Leagues, he worked in 200 innings pitched, and allowed 219 hits and 82 bases on balls, with 102 strikeouts, three saves and three complete games. He won seven of 15 decisions (.467) and compiled a career earned run average of 4.64.Rick Sofield
Richard Michael Sofield (born December 16, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He was the Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach from 2013 to 2016 and was the manager of their Class-A South Atlantic League team the West Virginia Power during the 2012 season.
A first round draft pick (13th overall) of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft, Sofield played for the Minnesota Twins from 1979 to 1981, appearing in 207 games and recording 612 at bats for a career average of .243.
After his playing career ended, he became the assistant baseball coach at the University of South Carolina and later the head coach at the University of Utah (1988 to 1994). After leaving Utah, he was a minor league manager for the Harrisburg Senators, Las Vegas 51s, and Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
He has been the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and worked extensively with Baseball Factory, a player development and scouting service. His final day with USCB was Monday, November 14, 2011. Sofield's record with the NAIA Sand Sharks over three seasons is 101–56. In 2011, USCB was ranked No. 18 in the NAIA Top 25, the highest spot in program history.Sofield and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle first met in 1975 in the minor leagues and have stayed friends ever since. Sofield also previously worked with Pirates general manager Neal Huntington, assistant general manager Kyle Stark, Triple-A Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor, and pitching coordinator Jim Benedict. He served as a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates under Hurdle from 2013 to 2016 In February 2018, Rick accepted the head varsity coaching position at Hilton Head Preparatory School, in HHI, SC.Victor Bernal
Victor Hugo Bernal (October 6, 1953 – September 2, 2006) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for one season. Bernal was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 6th round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft. He played for the San Diego Padres for 15 games during the 1977 San Diego Padres season.
|First-year player drafts|
|Rule 5 drafts|
1975 MLB season by team