|1991 Major League Baseball draft|
|Date(s)||June 3, 1991|
|1,301 total selections|
|First selection||Brien Taylor|
New York Yankees
|First round selections||44|
The following are the first round picks in the 1991 Major League Baseball draft.
|= All-Star||= Baseball Hall of Famer|
|1||Brien Taylor||New York Yankees||Pitcher||East Carteret HS (Beaufort, North Carolina)|
|2||Mike Kelly||Atlanta Braves||Outfielder||Arizona State University|
|3||David McCarty||Minnesota Twins||First baseman||Stanford University|
|4||Dmitri Young||St. Louis Cardinals||Third baseman||Rio Mesa HS (Camarillo, California)|
|5||Kenny Henderson||Milwaukee Brewers||Pitcher||Ringgold (GA) HS|
|6||John Burke||Houston Astros||Pitcher||University of Florida|
|7||Joe Vitiello||Kansas City Royals||Outfielder||University of Alabama|
|8||Joey Hamilton||San Diego Padres||Pitcher||Georgia Southern University|
|9||Mark Smith||Baltimore Orioles||Outfielder||University of Southern California|
|10||Tyler Green||Philadelphia Phillies||Pitcher||Wichita State University|
|11||Shawn Estes||Seattle Mariners||Pitcher||Douglas HS (Gardnerville, Nevada)|
|12||Doug Glanville||Chicago Cubs||Outfielder||University of Pennsylvania|
|13||Manny Ramirez||Cleveland Indians||Outfielder||George Washington HS (New York)|
|14||Cliff Floyd||Montreal Expos||Firstbase||Thornwood HS (South Holland, Illinois)|
|15||Tyrone Hill||Milwaukee Brewers[Compensation 1]||Pitcher||Yucaipa (CA) HS|
|16||Shawn Green||Toronto Blue Jays[Compensation 2]||Outfielder||Tustin (CA) HS|
|17||Eduardo Pérez||California Angels||First baseman||Florida State University|
|18||Al Shirley||New York Mets[Compensation 3]||Outfielder||George Washington (VA) HS|
|19||Benji Gil||Texas Rangers||Shortstop||Castle Park HS (San Diego, California)|
|20||Pokey Reese||Cincinnati Reds||Shortstop||Lower Richland HS (Hopkins, South Carolina)|
|21||Allen Watson||Saint Louis Cardinals[Compensation 4]||Pitcher||New York Institute of Technology|
|22||Brian Barber||Saint Louis Cardinals[Compensation 5]||Pitcher||Dr. Phillips HS (Orlando, Florida)|
|23||Aaron Sele||Boston Red Sox||Pitcher||Washington State University|
|24||Jon Farrell||Pittsburgh Pirates||Catcher||Florida Junior College|
|25||Scott Ruffcorn||Chicago White Sox||Pitcher||Baylor University|
|26||Brent Gates||Oakland Athletics||Shortstop||University of Minnesota|
|27||Scott Stahoviak||Minnesota Twins[Compensation 6]||Third baseman||Creighton University|
|28||Tom McKinnon||Saint Louis Cardinals[Compensation 7]||Pitcher||David Starr Jordan HS (Long Beach, California)|
|29||Shawn Livsey||Houston Astros[Compensation 8]||Shortstop||Simeon HS (Chicago, Illinois)|
|30||Jason Pruitt||Kansas City Royals[Compensation 9]||Pitcher||Rockingham County HS (Wentworth, North Carolina)|
|31||Greg Anthony||San Diego Padres[Compensation 10]||Pitcher||Tavares (FL) HS|
|32||Justin Thompson||Detroit Tigers[Compensation 11]||Pitcher||Klein Oak HS (Spring, Texas)|
|33||Steve Whitaker||San Francisco Giants[Compensation 12]||Pitcher||California State University, Long Beach|
|34||Jorge Fábregas||California Angels[Compensation 13]||Third baseman||University of Miami|
|35||Jeff Ware||Toronto Blue Jays[Compensation 14]||Pitcher||Old Dominion University|
|36||Bobby Jones||New York Mets[Compensation 15]||Pitcher||California State University, Fresno|
|37||J.J. Johnson||Boston Red Sox[Compensation 16]||Outfielder||Pine Plains (NY) HS|
|38||Mike Rossiter||Oakland Athletics[Compensation 17]||Pitcher||Burroughs HS (Burbank, California)|
|39||Dan Cholowsky||St. Louis Cardinals[Compensation 18]||Third baseman||University of California, Berkeley|
|40||Jim Gonzalez||Houston Astros||Catcher||East Hartford (CT) HS|
|41||Trever Miller||Detroit Tigers[Compensation 19]||Pitcher||Trinity HS (Louisville. Kentucky)|
|42||Dante Powell||Toronto Blue Jays[Compensation 20]||Outfield||Millikan HS (Long Beach, California)|
|43||Scott Hatteberg||Boston Red Sox||Catcher||Washington State University|
|44||Mike Groppuso||Houston Astros[Compensation 21]||Thirdbase||Seton Hall University|
| 1st Overall Picks
The 1991 Kansas City Royals season involved the Royals finishing 6th in the American League West with a record of 82 wins and 80 losses.Albie Lopez
Albert Anthony "Albie" Lopez (born August 18, 1971) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He graduated from Mesa Community College. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 20th round of the 1991 Major League Baseball draft. Lopez spent 5 years with the Indians, compiling a record of 12-14 with a 5.99 ERA between 1993 and 1997.
Lopez was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the second round (48th pick overall) of the expansion draft in 1997. In 1998, Lopez had a career best 2.60 ERA in 54 games for the expansion team Devil Rays.
In 1999, his ERA rose to 4.64 while appearing in 51 games. In 2000, Lopez was a swingman, appearing in 45 games while also starting 24 games for the Devil Rays. He won a career-high 11 games while throwing 4 complete games and 2 saves.
The Devil Rays then traded Lopez to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 after going 5-12 in 20 starts for the Devil Rays. With the Diamondbacks, Lopez recorded 4 wins in 13 starts. Between both clubs, Lopez finished the 2001 season with a major league leading 19 losses, although not officially leading any league due to him having been traded and splitting time between both leagues. He was part of the 2001 World Series winning team over the New York Yankees. Lopez was criticized for his poor performance on the team, which led him to sign with the Atlanta Braves at the end of that season. Lopez was 1-4 in 55.2 innings for the Braves.
He then signed with the Kansas City Royals for the 2003 season. Despite having a record of 4-2 in 15 games, his ERA sat at 12.71 for the Royals, which prompted them to releasing Lopez.
Lopez then signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005, but was released on March 23, 2005. He signed with the Seattle Mariners on April 19, 2005, but was released just under a month later on May 15.
During an 11-year baseball career, Lopez compiled 47 wins, 558 strikeouts, and a 4.94 earned run average. He was an Eastern League All-Star with the Canton–Akron Indians, which was the Indians' Double A affiliate in 1993. Lopez pitched during the 2011 season for the Edmonton Capitals of the North American League.Alex Gonzalez (shortstop, born 1973)
Alexander Scott Gonzalez (born April 8, 1973) is a former Major League Baseball infielder, who spent the majority of his 13-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays. Gonzalez established a career-high with 20 home runs for the Chicago Cubs in 2003 and hit 20 or more doubles eight times. He was regarded as a glove-first player, sporting lower-than-average batting average (career .243 hitter), on-base percentage (.302), and OPS (.694) while leading the American league twice in fielding percentage. At Killian High School in Miami, Florida, Gonzalez was an All-State pick in baseball as a senior. He was drafted straight out of high school in the 14th round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft by the Blue Jays. He is Cuban-American and was nicknamed "Gonzo" in order to tell the difference between him and the other Alex Gonzalez, who signed with the Blue Jays on November 26, 2009; coincidentally, they would face each other in the 2003 National League Championship Series between the Marlins and Cubs.Bob Henley
Robert Clifton Henley (born January 30, 1973) is an American professional baseball coach, former Major League catcher and former minor league manager. A longtime member of the Washington Nationals' organization, he was promoted to Major League third-base coach on the staff of new Nationals' manager Matt Williams on November 19, 2013.
During his active career (1993–1999; 2002), Henley threw and batted right-handed; he stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg). He graduated from Mobile County High School in Grand Bay, Alabama, and was selected in the 26th round by the Montreal Expos (predecessors to the Nationals) in the 1991 Major League Baseball draft. Fighting persistent injuries, Henley broke into pro baseball in 1993, then progressed through the Montreal farm system, batting over .300 twice.
In 1998, he saw his only Major League service. He spent the early part of the season on the disabled list, and then appeared in 50 minor league games with the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx and the Class A Jupiter Hammerheads before making his MLB debut as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning of a 6–1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 19 at Olympic Stadium. He walked in his first MLB plate appearance, and, the following day, when he started against the Philadelphia Phillies, he singled off Curt Schilling in his first official at bat.Henley would appear in 41 games, starting 30 at catcher, for the 1998 Expos, as he and Mike Hubbard backed up regular Chris Widger. He amassed 35 hits and 11 walks in 132 plate appearances, batting .304 and collecting three homers (off Pedro Astacio, Kirt Ojala and Bobby Jones) and eight doubles. On September 25, his penultimate appearance of the season, Henley went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three runs batted in against the St. Louis Cardinals.But 1998 would be his only Major League season, and his last full season as an active player. Beset by elbow miseries, he played in only two minor league games in 1999 and missed the 2000 and 2001 campaigns completely. Released by the Expos, he got into one minor league game with the Class A Hickory Crawdads, a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate, in 2002 before retiring from the field.
He rejoined the Montreal system in 2003 as manager of the Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League Expos, and remained in the organization after the Expos relocated to Washington, D.C., in 2005, managing at the Rookie and Class A levels through 2009, and serving as the Nationals' field coordinator of minor league instruction from 2010–2013, leading to his promotion to Williams' staff. He was fired with Williams and the rest of the coaching staff after the 2015 season, but was rehired to serve under new manager Dusty Baker. His contract expired after the 2017 season, but Henley was again rehired as third base coach, becoming the only holdover from Baker's coaching staff to join the new staff headed by manager Dave Martinez.Brent Gates
Brent Robert Gates (born March 14, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball second and third baseman.
He attended Grandville High School in West Michigan, and then the University of Minnesota where he played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers baseball team. Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft, Gates made his Major League Baseball debut with the Oakland Athletics on May 5, 1993, and appeared in his final game on October 3, 1999. Brent was named the Big Ten Conference Baseball Player of the Year and was a member of the 1991 College Baseball All-America Team. He was the varsity baseball coach at Byron Center High School in Byron Center, Michigan, through the 2018 season. Brent Gates is married to Tiffany Gates and has 5 children: Taylor, Brent Gates Jr, Madison, Jordyn, and Brady. Brent Gates Jr. plays hockey at the University of Minnesota and was recently drafted by the Anaheim Ducks. His two younger daughters, Madison and Jordyn have both committed to play Division 1 volleyball.
Gates is based in Grand Rapids and is a professional scout for the Tampa Bay Rays. He used to be head coach of the Grand Rapids Christian High School baseball team, leading them to two State Championships.  and was a coach for the Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps during the 2001 season.Brien Taylor
Brien McKeiver Taylor (born December 26, 1971) is a former pitcher in minor league baseball. He spent seven seasons in the minor leagues, primarily with the New York Yankees organization. In his career, he had a win–loss record of 22–30, a 5.12 earned run average (ERA), and 425 strikeouts.
Born in Beaufort, North Carolina, Taylor attended East Carteret High School, where his pitching ability caused him to be chosen by the New York Yankees with the first overall selection in the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft. After two full seasons in the minor leagues, he injured his shoulder in a fight, and was ineffective after returning to baseball. He retired in 2000, having never played a game above Class AA. Taylor is one of just three players selected first overall in the MLB draft to never reach the major leagues, the others being Steve Chilcott and Mark Appel.Chris Clemons (baseball)
Christopher Hale Clemons (born October 31, 1972) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for one season at the major league level for the Chicago White Sox.
Born in Baytown, Texas, Clemons attended McGregor High School in McGregor, Texas, and was selected in the 21st round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs. He opted to play baseball for the Texas A&M University Aggies, and played on the Aggies' 1993 College World Series team. In 1993, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, where he was named the league's outstanding pro prospect. In 1994 he was an All-America and All-Southwest Conference selection,
and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 1st round (33rd pick) of the 1994 amateur draft.
Clemons played his first professional season with the Rookie league Gulf Coast League White Sox and Class A Hickory Crawdads in 1994. He made his major league debut in 1997 with the White Sox, and appeared in five games for Chicago that year. After the 1997 season, he was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1997 Major League Baseball expansion draft, and spent the 1998 and 1999 seasons with the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders.
In 2008, he was named assistant baseball coach at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. In 2009, he was named manager of the Victoria Generals collegiate summer baseball team in the Texas Collegiate League, and received the league's coach of the year honors in 2009 and 2010..Clint Sodowsky
Clint Rea Sodowsky (born July 13, 1972) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, and St. Louis Cardinals.
Sodowsky was drafted by the Tigers in the ninth round of the 1991 Major League Baseball draft, and made his Major League Baseball debut on September 4, 1995. He appeared in his final game on May 22, 1999.Jorge Fábregas
Jorge Fábregas (born March 13, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for eight teams during a nine-year major league career. He is an alumnus of the University of Miami.
Drafted by the California Angels in the first round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft, Fábregas made his MLB debut with the California Angels on April 24, 1994. He played his final MLB game, at the age of 32, on September 27, 2002, with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Fábregas played for the California/Anaheim Angels (1994-1997, 2001-2002), Chicago White Sox (1997), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998), New York Mets (1998), Florida Marlins (1999), Atlanta Braves (1999), Kansas City Royals (2000) and Milwaukee Brewers (2002)
With the exception of two seasons during his nine-year career, Fábregas was a back-up catcher. His career batting average was .241 and he had 23 career home runs.Justin Mashore
Justin Clyde Mashore (born February 14, 1972) is an American baseball coach and former player who currently serves as the hitting coach for the AAA New Orleans Baby Cakes.
Mashore was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft out of Clayton Valley High School in Concord, California.He played in Minor League Baseball until 2001 for numerous different organizations: the Tigers, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Colorado Rockies.
After his playing career he became a coach for numerous minor league teams.Prior to the 2016 season, Mashore was hired by the Texas Rangers to be their assistant hitting coach, a position he retained through the 2018 season.He was named as the Hitting Coach for the AAA New Orleans Baby Cakes of the Miami Marlins organization.
His father, Clyde Mashore, and brother Damon Mashore both played in MLB.Matt Martin (baseball)
Matthew V. Martin (born July 18, 1969) is an American baseball coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball.Mike Martin Jr.
Michael David Martin Jr. (born February 19, 1973) is an American baseball coach and former catcher. He is the head baseball coach at Florida State University. Martin played college baseball at Manatee Community College in 1992 and at Florida State University from 1993 to 1995 for coach Mike Martin and in Minor League Baseball (MiLB) for three seasons from 1995 to 1997.
Martin was born in Tallahassee, Florida. His father, Mike Martin Sr. was a center fielder for Florida State and a college coach at Florida State. He attended Maclay School in Tallahassee. After graduation from high school, he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 34th round of the 1991 Major League Baseball draft, but decided to attend Manatee Community College to play baseball. After his freshman year, he was recruited to play college baseball at Florida State. After his junior year, he was once again selected by the Mariners, this time in the 1994 Major League Baseball draft's 17th round. He returned to Florida State for his senior season where he was drafted in the ninth round of the 1995 Major League Baseball draft by the San Diego Padres.
In 2019, Martin was named the head coach of the Florida State Seminoles baseball program, succeeding his father.Mike Robertson (baseball)
Michael Francis Robertson (born October 9, 1970 in Norwich, Connecticut) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman/outfielder. He is an alumnus of the University of Southern California.
Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 3rd round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft, Robertson would make his Major League Baseball debut with the White Sox on September 6, 1996, and appear in his final game on June 26, 1998.
Robertson was a member of the inaugural Arizona Diamondbacks team that began play in Major League Baseball in 1998.
Robertson took a job as President of scouting and development with the Boston Red Sox prior to the 2014 season.Pedro Grifol
Pedro Orlando Grifol (born November 28, 1969) is a coach for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball.Grifol attended Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, Florida, where he was the Florida high school baseball player of the year in 1988. He attended Florida State University, where he played college baseball for the Florida State Seminoles baseball team. With the Seminoles, Grifol participated in the 1989 and 1991 College World Series. He was named an All-American in 1991.Grifol was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the sixth round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft and played in the minor leagues for the Twins and New York Mets from 1991 to 1999. He worked for the Seattle Mariners as their director of minor league operations.Rick Gorecki
Richard John Gorecki (born August 27, 1973) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball.
Gorecki was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 19th round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1997 Major League Baseball expansion draft.Rickey Cradle
Rickey Cradle (born June 20, 1973) is a former Major League Baseball player. Cradle played in five games for the Seattle Mariners in the 1998 season. He had one hit in seven at-bats, with two RBI. He also had one walk and one stolen base. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft.Robin Jennings
Robin Christopher Jennings (born April 11, 1972) is a Singaporean-born American former professional baseball outfielder. He is the only person born in Singapore to play in Major League Baseball (MLB), appearing in games for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, and Cincinnati Reds.
Drafted by the Cubs in the 33rd round of the 1991 Major League Baseball draft, Jennings made his Major League Baseball debut on April 18, 1996, and appeared in his final game on October 7, 2001. He played in a total of 93 games, batting .244 in 213 at-bats, with three home runs and 24 runs batted in (RBI).
He was traded twice in July 2001. The Oakland Athletics sent him to the Colorado Rockies for Ron Gant on July 3. He played in only one game for the Rockies, and was traded to the Cincinnati Reds on July 19.Ron Warner (baseball)
Ronald Michael "Pop" Warner (born December 2, 1968, at Alhambra, California) is an American professional baseball coach, and a former minor league manager and player. Warner spent 2014 as manager of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League, his third successive year in the post. His professional career began in 1991 and its entirety has been spent in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization. On December 10, 2014, Warner was named the Cardinals' roving minor league infield coordinator, and was replaced as manager of the Redbirds by Mike Shildt.Warner was selected in the 17th round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft after graduating from the University of Wyoming. During his pro playing career (1991–1999) he played every infield position (although he was primarily a shortstop and second baseman) as well as corner outfield positions, and even pitched in three games. He threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg). His career peaked at Triple-A with 307 games played between 1997 and 1999 with the Louisville and Memphis Redbirds. In 792 minor league games, he rang up 594 hits, including 40 home runs, and batted .267.In 2000, Warner retired as a player and spent the season as the batting practice pitcher for the Major League Cardinals. After working as a minor league coach in 2001–2002, he received his first managerial assignment in 2003 in the Rookie-level Appalachian League. He was a minor league coach again in 2004, then resumed his managerial career in the Cardinal farm system in 2005, progressing from Class A (Palm Beach Cardinals) in 2005–2006 to Double-A (Springfield Cardinals) from 2007 to 2011. He was named manager of the Memphis Redbirds on November 21, 2011.
Through eleven seasons as a manager, Warner has compiled a record of 734–730 (.501).Sean Bergman
Sean Frederick Bergman (born April 11, 1970) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, and Minnesota Twins between 1993 and 2000. Bergman attended Joliet Catholic High School in Joliet, Illinois, before attending Southern Illinois University.
Standing at 6'4", 205 pounds, Bergman was originally drafted by the Tigers 115th overall in the 1991 Major League Baseball draft.
He spent his first professional season, 1991, with the Niagara Falls Rapids of the New York–Penn League. In 15 games with them, he went five and seven with a 4.46 earned run average (ERA). A starting pitcher, he struck out 77 batters in just over 84 innings of work.
He started the 1992 season with the Lakeland Tigers, going five and two with them, with a 2.49 ERA. He finished his second professional season with a nine and nine record, posting a 3.41 ERA. This is because after his promotion to the London Tigers, he went only four and seven with a 4.28 ERA.Although his 1993 minor league season was statistically lackluster (eight and nine with a 4.38 ERA), he still must have impressed the big-league Tigers enough to earn a promotion. He made his major league debut on July 7 of that year against the Minnesota Twins. Overall, he went 1–4 in nine games with the Tigers in 1993. He walked 23 and struck out 19 in 392⁄3 innings. One notable achievement though is that he pitched a complete game in the first start of his career.He spent most of 1994 with the Toledo Mud Hens, posting an 11–8 record. He started three games in the majors, going 2–1. Bergman spent the majority of the 1995 season in the majors. In 28 games started, he posted a 7–10 record with a 5.12 ERA. His 13 wild pitches were second in the league, trailing only Al Leiter's 14. He did pitch one shutout, which put him ninth in the league.
Right before the 1996 season, he was traded by the Tigers with Cade Gaspar and Todd Steverson to the San Diego Padres for Raul Casanova, Richie Lewis, and Melvin Nieves.
He spent two seasons with the Padres, posting a combined record of 8–12 with an ERA of 5.17. After the 1997 season, he was traded from the Padres to the Houston Astros for James Mouton. 1998 was perhaps Bergman's best season—he posted a record of 12–9 with a 3.72 ERA. He walked only 42 batters in 172 innings of work. In 1998, he gave up home runs to both Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire as they both chased Roger Maris' single-season home run record.
He started 1999 with the Astros, but after posting a 4–6 record with a 5.36 ERA for the Astros to start the season, he was released and signed with the Atlanta Braves. He appeared in relief in six games with the Braves, posting a solid 2.84 ERA.
Selected off waivers by the Twins after the 1999 season, he was brought in to try to aid a team who had a struggling starting rotation. He did not make it any better. He started 14 games for them, posted a 9.66 ERA, and by late June, was released. His big league career ended on June 17, 2000, but his pro career did not. He bounced around the minors until 2004, even playing in Japan in 2002.
Overall, he went 39–47 with a 5.28 ERA in 196 games. He walked 272 batters and struck out 455 in 7501⁄3 innings of work.
Bergman once was the pitching coach at the NCAA Division II level, coaching the Findlay team.He currently lives near Bryan, Ohio and teaches physical education at Hicksville Elementary School in Hicksville, Ohio. He is also the junior high girls basketball coach for Hicksville Middle School.
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