List of Chicago Cubs first-round draft picks
The Chicago Cubs are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Chicago, Illinois. They play in the National League Central division. Since the institution of MLB's Rule 4 Draft, the Cubs have selected 60 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.
Of the 60 players picked in the first round by the Cubs, 30 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 24 of these were right-handed, while 6 were left-handed. Sixteen players picked in the initial round were outfielders, while eight shortstops, two catchers, and one player each at first base, second base, and third base were also taken. The Cubs drafted 25 players out of high school, and 32 out of college. Chicago has drafted eleven players from high schools or colleges in the state of California, with six more coming from Texas and five from Indiana. The Cubs have also taken three players from their home state of Illinois.
The Cubs have not won a World Series championship since 1908, and no pick has been elected to the Hall of Fame. The Cubs' first-round selection in 1995—Kerry Wood—won the MLB Rookie of the Year award with the franchise in 1998, his first season in the Major Leagues. One pick—1985 selection Rafael Palmeiro—is a member of both the 3,000 hit club and the 500 home run club. The Cubs have held the first overall pick in the draft only once, in 1982, when they selected Shawon Dunston.
The Cubs have received 13 compensatory picks, including nine selections made in the supplemental round of the draft since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season,[V] or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. As the Cubs have signed all of their first-round picks, they have never been awarded a supplementary pick under this provision.
|Year||Links to an article about that year's Major League Baseball Draft|
|Position||Indicates the secondary/collegiate position at which the player was drafted, rather than the professional position the player may have gone on to play|
|Pick||Indicates the number of the pick|
|§||Indicates a supplemental pick|
- V Free agents are evaluated by the Elias Sports Bureau and rated "Type A", "Type B", or not compensation-eligible. If a team offers arbitration to a player but that player refuses and subsequently signs with another team, the original team may receive additional draft picks. If a "Type A" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives a supplemental pick and a compensation pick from the team with which he signs. If a "Type B" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives only a supplemental pick.
- a The Cubs gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1981 from the Cincinnati Reds for losing free agent Larry Biittner.
- b The Cubs gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1982 from the Montreal Expos for losing free agent Tim Blackwell.
- c The Cubs gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1982 for losing free agent Tim Blackwell.
- d The Cubs gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1985 from the Baltimore Orioles for losing free agent Tim Stoddard.
- e The Cubs gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1993 from the Atlanta Braves for losing free agent Greg Maddux.
- f The Cubs gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1993 for losing free agent Greg Maddux.
- g The Cubs gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2002 for losing free agent David Weathers.
- h The Cubs gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2002 for losing free agent Rondell White.
- i The Cubs gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2002 for losing free agent Todd Van Poppel.
- j The Cubs lost their first-round pick in 2004 to the Minnesota Twins as compensation for signing free agent LaTroy Hawkins.
- k The Cubs gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2007 for losing free agent Juan Pierre.
- l The Cubs gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2008 for losing free agent Jason Kendall.
- m The Cubs gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2012 for losing free agent Aramis Ramirez.
- n The Cubs gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2012 for losing free agent Carlos Pena.
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