1992 Major League Baseball draft

The 1992 Major League Baseball draft took place on June 1, 1992, through a conference call involving all 28 MLB teams of the time. Phil Nevin of Cal State Fullerton was the first overall selection, chosen by the Houston Astros.[1] Derek Jeter, widely considered a future member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, was selected by the New York Yankees with the sixth selection. In addition to Nevin, Paul Shuey, B. J. Wallace, Jeffrey Hammonds, and Chad Mottola were selected ahead of Jeter. The supplemental draft of ‘92 also consisted of three eastern collegiate All stars Sean Jordan of Penn State, Darryl Mcclish of Rutgers , and John DeSalvo of Stockton University.

1992 Major League Baseball draft
General information
Date(s)June 1, 1992
LocationConference call
1,412 total selections
First selectionPhil Nevin
Houston Astros
First round selections38


The 1993 expansion Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins participated in the MLB Draft for the first time in 1992.[2]

With the first overall selections of the previous two drafts, Chipper Jones and Brien Taylor, receiving signing bonuses of $1.2 million ($2,301,274 in current dollar terms) and $1.55 million ($2,851,197 in current dollar terms) respectively, salary demands of new players became a factor in the 1992 draft.[1] Prior to the draft, Jeffrey Hammonds of the Stanford Cardinal baseball team sought a signing bonus of $1.8 million ($3,213,706 in current dollar terms).[3] Derek Jeter, a high school player who had a commitment to play college baseball at the University of Michigan, was believed to be seeking a bonus of at least $1 million ($1,785,392 in current dollar terms) to forego college.[1]

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Five teams passed on Derek Jeter during the 1992 MLB Draft.[1]

The Astros, holding the first overall selection, were keenly aware of the bonus demands of Hammonds and Jeter, as they were unable to sign their first-round pick in the 1991 MLB draft, John Burke, who held out for a bonus of $500,000 ($919,741 in current dollar terms) as the sixth overall selection.[4] They selected Phil Nevin, the 1992 College World Series Most Outstanding Player, with the first overall selection. In addition to perceiving Nevin as close to MLB-ready, needing little development in minor league baseball, Nevin also did not seek a large signing bonus. He agreed to sign with the Astros for $700,000 ($1,249,775 in current dollar terms).[4][5] Astros' scout Hal Newhouser quit in protest, as he had insisted to Astros' management that they should choose Jeter.[6]

The teams with the first four selections, the Astros, Cleveland Indians, Montreal Expos, and Baltimore Orioles, had the four lowest payrolls in MLB.[2] The Cleveland Indians selected Paul Shuey out of the University of North Carolina with the second selection, who they projected could develop into a closer comparable to Rob Dibble. The Expos, who preferred Hammonds, drafted B. J. Wallace instead, as they were unable to afford Hammonds' salary demands.[2] The Orioles selected Hammonds with the fourth overall selection; he signed with the Orioles for $975,000 ($1,740,758 in current dollar terms), the largest signing bonus given out in the 1992 Draft.[1] With the fifth pick, the Reds chose Chad Mottola from the University of Central Florida (UCF), making Mottola the first UCF athlete to be chosen in the first round of a professional sports draft.[7] He signed with the Reds the day of the draft for $400,000 ($714,157 in current dollar terms).[1]

Yankees scout Dick Groch, assigned to scout in the Midwest, watched Jeter participate in an all-star camp held at Western Michigan University, and came away sold by Jeter's talent.[8] Though the Yankees were also concerned that Jeter might attend college, Grouch convinced the team to select Jeter. Regarding the possibility Jeter would attend Michigan, Groch said "the only place Derek Jeter's going is to Cooperstown", referring to the home city of the Baseball Hall of Fame.[9] Jeter signed with the Yankees for $800,000 ($1,428,314 in current dollar terms).[10]

Scott Boras advised Charles Johnson and Michael Tucker. Those players fell in the first round as their perceived salary demands were too high for many teams.[2]

First round selections

dagger All-Star
Pick Player Team Position School
1 Phil Nevindagger Houston Astros Third baseman Cal State Fullerton
2 Paul Shuey Cleveland Indians Pitcher University of North Carolina
3 B. J. Wallace Montreal Expos Pitcher Mississippi State University
4 Jeffrey Hammondsdagger Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Stanford University
5 Chad Mottola Cincinnati Reds Outfielder University of Central Florida
6 Derek Jeterdagger New York Yankees Shortstop Kalamazoo Central High School
7 Calvin Murray San Francisco Giants Outfielder University of Texas
8 Pete Janicki California Angels Pitcher UCLA
9 Preston Wilson New York Mets Shortstop Bamberg Erhardt High School
10 Michael Tucker Kansas City Royals Shortstop Longwood University
11 Derek Wallace Chicago Cubs Pitcher Pepperdine University
12 Kenny Felder Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Florida State University
13 Chad McConnell Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Creighton University
14 Ron Villone Seattle Mariners Pitcher University of Massachusetts
15 Sean Lowe St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Arizona State University
16 Rick Greene Detroit Tigers Pitcher Louisiana State University
17 Jim Pittsley Kansas City Royals[Compensation 1] Pitcher Dubois Area High School
18 Chris Roberts New York Mets[Compensation 2] Pitcher Florida State University
19 Shannon Stewart Toronto Blue Jays[Compensation 3] Outfielder Miami Southridge Senior High School
20 Benji Grigsby Oakland Athletics Pitcher San Diego State University
21 Jamie Arnold Atlanta Braves Pitcher Osceola High School
22 Rick Helling Texas Rangers Pitcher Stanford University
23 Jason Kendalldagger Pittsburgh Pirates Catcher Torrance High School
24 Eddie Pearson Chicago White Sox First baseman Bishop State Junior College
25 Todd Steverson Toronto Blue Jays Outfielder Arizona State University
26 Dan Serafini Minnesota Twins Pitcher Serra High School
27 John Burke Colorado Rockies Pitcher University of Florida
28 Charles Johnsondagger Florida Marlins Catcher University of Miami
29 Jeff Schmidt California Angels[Compensation 4] Pitcher University of Minnesota
30 Jon Ward New York Mets[Compensation 5] Pitcher Huntington Beach High School
31 Sherard Clinkscales Kansas City Royals[Compensation 6] Pitcher Purdue University
32 John Conner Cincinnati Reds[Compensation 7] Catcher Arlington Martin High School
33 Shon Walker Pittsburgh Pirates[Compensation 8] Outfielder Harrison County High School
34 Brandon Cromer Toronto Blue Jays[Compensation 9] Shortstop Lexington High School
35 Johnny Damondagger Kansas City Royals[Compensation 10] Outfielder Dr. Phillips High School
36 Michael Moore Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 11] Outfielder UCLA
37 Kendall Rhine Houston Astros[Compensation 12] Pitcher University of Georgia
38 Gabby Martinez Milwaukee Brewers[Compensation 13] Shortstop Luchetti High School

Sources: [11][12]

Compensation picks

  1. ^ Compensation pick from the San Diego Padres for signing Kurt Stillwell
  2. ^ Compensation pick from the Boston Red Sox for signing Frank Viola
  3. ^ Compensation pick from the Los Angeles Dodgers for signing Tom Candiotti
  4. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for the loss of Wally Joyner
  5. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for the loss of Frank Viola
  6. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for the loss of Danny Tartabull
  7. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for the loss of Eddie Murray
  8. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for the loss of Bobby Bonilla
  9. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for the loss of Tom Candiotti
  10. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for the loss of Kurt Stillwell
  11. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for the loss of Mike Morgan
  12. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for failing to sign 1991 first-round pick John Burke
  13. ^ Supplemental pick as compensation for failing to sign 1991 first-round pick Kenny Henderson

Other notable players

NFL players drafted

See also

External links


  1. ^ a b c d e f Kepner, Tyler (June 5, 2010). "Five Players Who Outranked Jeter, if Only Briefly". The New York Times. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Chass, Murray (May 31, 1992). "BASEBALL; Amateur Draft Presents A Different Challenge". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Murray, Ken (1992-06-02). "Cardinal rule makes Hammonds first Stanford center fielder top draft pick of Orioles". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
  4. ^ a b The Victoria Advocate via Google News Archive Search
  5. ^ Gainesville Sun via Google News Archive Search
  6. ^ Olney, Buster (August 23, 2004). "Jeter: Dynasty's child". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "Mottola Gets It Back In Charlotte". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. 1999-06-10. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
  8. ^ Baker, Barbara (July 7, 2011). "Zimmer salutes Jeter as all-time great". Newsday. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  9. ^ Lemire, Joe (July 7, 2011). "Jeter not defined by number 3,000". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  10. ^ Curry, Jack (September 12, 2009). "Teammates Recall Jeter's Journey From Minor Leagues to Great Yankee". The New York Times. Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "MLB First Round Draft Picks – 1992". Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  12. ^ 1st Round of the 1992 MLB June Amateur Draft Baseball-Reference.com
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