List of Milwaukee Brewers first-round draft picks
The Milwaukee Brewers are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They play in the National League Central division. Established in Seattle, Washington as the Seattle Pilots in 1969, the team became the Milwaukee Brewers after relocating to Milwaukee in 1970. The franchise played in the American League until 1998, when it moved to the National League as a part of MLB's realignment plan. Since the institution of MLB's Rule 4 Draft, the Brewers have selected 54 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur clubs to its franchises. 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 54 players picked in the first round by Milwaukee, 24 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 17 of these were right-handed, while 7 were left-handed. Ten shortstops were selected, and nine outfielders, four third basemen, three first basemen, and three catchers were taken. The team also selected one second baseman. Eleven of the players came from high schools or universities in the state of California,and Florida follows with ten players.
Two Brewers first-round picks have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Robin Yount (1973) was elected in 1999 and Paul Molitor (1977) in 2004. The Brewers have retired Yount's number 19 and Molitor's number 4. Yount was named the American League Most Valuable Player in 1982 and 1989. Ryan Braun (2005) won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2007.
The Brewers have made ten selections in the supplemental round of the draft and have made one first overall selection in the draft. They have also had three compensatory picks 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 prior off-season,[V] or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Brewers have failed to sign four of their first-round picks; Bill Bordley (1976), Alex Fernandez (1988), Kenny Henderson (1991), and Dylan Covey (2010).
|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|
|*||Player did not sign with the Brewers|
|§||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 Pilots and other expansion teams (Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, and San Diego Padres) did not receive first-round picks in 1968. They began the selection process at the end of the fourth round of the regular phase.
- b The Brewers lost their first-round pick in 1979 to the Detroit Tigers as compensation for signing free agent Jim Slaton.
- c The Brewers lost their first-round pick in 1981 to the Toronto Blue Jays as compensation for signing free agent Roy Howell.
- d The Brewers gained a supplemental pick in 1989 for failing to sign 1988 first-round draft pick Alex Fernandez.
- e The Brewers lost their first-round pick in 1990 to the Oakland Athletics as compensation for signing free agent Dave Parker.
- f The Brewers gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1991 from the Detroit Tigers for losing free agent Rob Deer.
- g The Brewers gained a supplemental pick in 1992 for failing to sign 1991 first-round draft pick Kenny Henderson.
- h The Brewers gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1993 from the Toronto Blue Jays for losing free agent Paul Molitor.
- i The Brewers gained a supplemental pick in 1993 for losing free agent Chris Bosio.
- j The Brewers gained a supplemental pick in 1993 for losing free agent Paul Molitor.
- k The Brewers gained a supplemental pick in 2008 for losing free agent Francisco Cordero.
- l The Brewers gained a supplemental pick in 2008 for losing free agent Scott Linebrink.
- m The Brewers gained a supplemental pick in 2009 for losing free agent CC Sabathia.
- n The Brewers gained a supplemental pick in 2009 for losing free agent Brian Shouse.
- o The Brewers gained a supplemental pick in 2011 for failing to sign 2010 first-round draft pick Dylan Covey.
- p The Brewers gained a compensatory pick in 2012 from the Detroit Tigers for losing free agent Prince Fielder.
- q The Brewers gained a supplemental pick in 2012 for losing free agent Prince Fielder.
- r The Brewers lost their first round pick in the 2013 draft to the St. Louis Cardinals as compensation for signing free agent Kyle Lohse.
- General references
- In-text citations
- Milwaukee Brewers official website