|1988 Major League Baseball draft|
|Date(s)||June 1-x, 1988|
|1433  total selections|
|First selection||Andy Benes|
San Diego Padres
|First round selections||30|
The following are the first round picks in the 1988 Major League Baseball draft.
|= All-Star||= Baseball Hall of Famer|
|1||Andy Benes||San Diego Padres||RHP||University of Evansville|
|2||Mark Lewis||Cleveland Indians||SS||Hamilton (OH) HS|
|3||Steve Avery||Atlanta Braves||LHP||Kennedy HS (Taylor, MI)|
|4||Gregg Olson||Baltimore Orioles||RHP||Auburn University|
|5||Bill Bene||Los Angeles Dodgers||RHP||Cal State Los Angeles|
|6||Monty Fariss||Texas Rangers||SS||Oklahoma State University–Stillwater|
|7||Willie Ansley||Houston Astros||OF||Plainview (TX) HS|
|8||Jim Abbott||California Angels||LHP||University of Michigan|
|9||Ty Griffin||Chicago Cubs||2B||Georgia Institute of Technology|
|10||Robin Ventura||Chicago White Sox||3B||Oklahoma State University–Stillwater|
|11||Pat Combs||Philadelphia Phillies||LHP||Baylor University|
|12||Tom Fischer||Boston Red Sox||LHP||University of Wisconsin–Madison|
|13||Austin Manahan||Pittsburgh Pirates||SS||Horizon HS (Scottsdale, AZ)|
|14||Tino Martinez||Seattle Mariners||1B||University of Tampa|
|15||Royce Clayton||San Francisco Giants||SS||St. Bernard HS (Los Angeles, CA)|
|16||Stan Royer||Oakland Athletics||C||Eastern Illinois University|
|17||Charles Nagy||Cleveland Indians||RHP||University of Connecticut|
|18||Hugh Walker||Kansas City Royals||OF||Jacksonville HS (Sherwood, AR)|
|19||Dave Wainhouse||Montreal Expos||RHP||Washington State University|
|20||Johnny Ard||Minnesota Twins||RHP||Manatee Community College|
|21||Dave Proctor||New York Mets||RHP||Allen County Community College|
|22||John Ericks||Saint Louis Cardinals||RHP||University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign|
|23||Brad DuVall||Saint Louis Cardinals||RHP||Virginia Tech|
|24||Alex Fernandez||Milwaukee Brewers||RHP||Pace HS (Milton, FL)|
|25||Ed Sprague||Toronto Blue Jays||3B||Stanford University|
|26||Rico Brogna||Detroit Tigers||1B||Watertown (CT) HS|
|27||Jeff Mutis||Cleveland Indians||LHP||Lafayette College|
|28||Ricky Gutiérrez||Baltimore Orioles||SS||American HS (Hialeah, FL)|
|29||Ted Wood||San Francisco Giants||OF||University of New Orleans|
|30||Brian Jordan||Saint Louis Cardinals||OF||University of Richmond|
‡ Hall of Famer
Ken Griffey, Jr.
| 1st Overall Picks
The 1988 Atlanta Braves season was the 118th in franchise history and their 23rd in Atlanta.1988 College Baseball All-America Team
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Bertram Alexander Heffernan (born March 3, 1965 in Centereach, New York) is a former Major League Baseball player. Heffernan played for the Seattle Mariners in the 1992 season. He played just eight games in his career, having one hit in eleven at-bats.
Heffernan was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 9th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft and signed on June 2, 1988.
After playing in the minor leagues for Milwaukee, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1991, but would not play in the majors for them.
Bert played for the Ottawa Lynx AAA (Expos) in 1995 and 1996 winning the International League Championship in 95. Bert was one of the main contributors in the Championship run for the Lynx.
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In 2002, he was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame.Bill Masse
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Masse competed for the United States national baseball team in the 1988 Summer Olympics.
The New York Yankees drafted Masse in the seventh round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft. After his retirement as a player, he served as a minor league baseball manager.David Weathers
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Robbins played college baseball for Stanford University. Robbins was a member of the United States national baseball team at the 1988 Summer Olympics and 1988 Baseball World Cup. In the latter event, he hit .391/.533/.522 with 13 runs and 8 RBI in 9 games, starting ahead of Scott Servais. He was also signed by the Baltimore Orioles as a tenth round pick in the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft.
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Jeffrey Scott Darwin (born July 6, 1969) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for three seasons at the major-league level for the Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox. He was drafted by the Mariners in the 13th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball draft. Darwin played his first professional season with the Low-A Bellingham Mariners in 1989, and his last season with the San Diego Padres' Triple-A team, the Las Vegas Stars, in 1999. He is the brother of pitcher Danny Darwin.John Wehner
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Robert John Maurer (born January 7, 1967) is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman,
Maurer attended Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Indiana and the University of Evansville, where he played for the Evansville Purple Aces baseball team.
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