1994 Major League Baseball draft

1994 Major League Baseball draft
General information
Date(s)June 1994
First selectionPaul Wilson
New York Mets

First round selections

The following are the first round picks in the 1994 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer
Pick Player Team Position School
1 Paul Wilson New York Mets P Florida State University
2 Ben Grieve Oakland Athletics OF Martin High School
3 Dustin Hermanson San Diego Padres P Kent State University
4 Antone Williamson Milwaukee Brewers 3B Arizona State University
5 Josh Booty Florida Marlins SS Evangel Christian High School
6 McKay Christensen California Angels OF Clovis West High School
7 Doug Million Colorado Rockies P Sarasota High School
8 Todd Walker Minnesota Twins 2B Louisiana State University
9 C. J. Nitkowski Cincinnati Reds P St. John's University
10 Jaret Wright Cleveland Indians P Katella High School
11 Mark Farris Pittsburgh Pirates SS Angleton High School
12 Nomar Garciaparra Boston Red Sox SS Georgia Institute of Technology
13 Paul Konerko Los Angeles Dodgers C Chaparral High School
14 Jason Varitek Seattle Mariners C Georgia Institute of Technology
15 Jayson Peterson Chicago Cubs P East High School
16 Matt Smith Kansas City Royals P/1B Grants Pass High School
17 Ramón Castro Houston Astros C Lino Padron Rivera High School
18 Cade Gaspar Detroit Tigers P Pepperdine University
19 Bret Wagner St. Louis Cardinals P/OF Wake Forest University
20 Terrence Long New York Mets[Compensation 1] 1B/OF Stanhope Elmore High School
21 Hiram Bocachica Montreal Expos SS Rexville High School
22 Dante Powell San Francisco Giants[Compensation 2] OF California State University, Fullerton
23 Carlton Loewer Philadelphia Phillies P Mississippi State University
24 Brian Buchanan New York Yankees 1B/OF University of Virginia
25 Scott Elarton Houston Astros[Compensation 3] P/1B Lamar High School
26 Mark Johnson Chicago White Sox 1B Warner Robins High School
27 Jacob Shumate Atlanta Braves P Hartsville High School
28 Kevin Witt Toronto Blue Jays SS Bishop Kenny High School

Compensation picks

Pick Player Team Position School
29 Jay Payton New York Mets[Compensation 4] OF Georgia Institute of Technology
30 Russ Johnson Houston Astros[Compensation 5] SS/3B Louisiana State University
31 Mike Thurman Montreal Expos P Oregon State University
32 Jacob Cruz San Francisco Giants[Compensation 6] OF Arizona State University
33 Chris Clemons Chicago White Sox P Texas A&M University

Compensation Picks

  1. ^ Compensation pick from Baltimore Orioles for signing free agent Sid Fernandez
  2. ^ Compensation pick from Texas Rangers for signing free agent Will Clark
  3. ^ Compensation pick from San Francisco Giants for signing free agent Mark Portugal
  4. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Sid Fernandez
  5. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Mark Portugal
  6. ^ Supplemental pick for loss of free agent Will Clark

Other notable players

NFL/NBA/NHL players drafted

External links


  1. ^ "MLB First Round Draft Picks - 1994". Retrieved 2008-09-16.
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