1979 Major League Baseball draft
- First round selections 1
- Compensation Picks 2
- Background 3
- See also 4
- References 5
- External links 6
First round selections
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The following are the first round picks in the 1979 Major League Baseball draft.
* Did not sign
- Pick from California Angels as compensation for signing of free agent Jim Barr
- Pick from Pittsburgh Pirates as compensation for signing of free agent Lee Lacy
- Pick from Baltimore Orioles as compensation for signing of free agent Steve Stone
- Pick from Philadelphia Phillies as compensation for signing of free agent Pete Rose
- Pick from Milwaukee Brewers as compensation for signing of free agent Jim Slaton
- Pick from Los Angeles Dodgers as compensation for signing of free agent Derrel Thomas
- Pick from New York Yankees as compensation for signing of free agent Tommy John
- Pick from Boston Red Sox as compensation for signing of free agent Steve Renko
Later rounds of the draft included the following notable players:
- Marty Barrett (Boston)
- Brett Butler (Atlanta)
- Gary Gaetti (Minnesota)
- Atlee Hammaker (Kansas City)
- Von Hayes (Cleveland)
- Steve Howe (Los Angeles)
- Don Mattingly (New York Yankees)
- Pete O'Brien (Texas)
- Tim Wallach (Montreal)
A number of future football players were drafted in 1979, including John Elway (Kansas City), Kevin House (St. Louis), Dan Marino (Kansas City), Jay Schroeder (Toronto), Jack Thompson (Seattle), and Curt Warner (Philadelphia).
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America.
- "Baseball Draft Today". Wilmington, NC: Wilmington Morning Star. 1979-06-05. p. 3B.
- "MLB First Round Draft Picks - 1979". Retrieved 2008-08-03.
- "Background on the 1979 MLB Draft". Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
- databaseThe Baseball CubeComplete draft list from
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