1972 Major League Baseball draft

1972 MLB draft
First selection Dave Roberts
San Diego Padres
First round selections 24

First round selections

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer

The following are the first round picks in the 1972 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
1 Dave Roberts San Diego Padres 3B University of Oregon
2 Rick Manning Cleveland Indians SS Niagara Falls, NY
3 Larry Christenson Philadelphia Phillies RHP Marysville, WA
4 Roy Howell Texas Rangers 3B Lompoc, CA
5 Bob Goodman Montreal Expos C Memphis, TN
6 Dan Thomas Milwaukee Brewers 1B Southern Illinois University
7 Larry Payne Cincinnati Reds RHP Bedias, TX
8 Dick Ruthven Minnesota Twins RHP Fresno State University
9 Steve Englishbey Houston Astros OF Houston, TX
10 Dave Chalk Los Angeles Angels 3B University of Texas
11 Preston Hanna Atlanta Braves RHP Pensacola, FL
12 Mike Ondina Chicago White Sox OF Rancho Cordova, CA
13 Richard Bengston New York Mets C Peoria, IL
14 Scott McGregor New York Yankees LHP El Segundo, CA
15 Brian Vernoy Chicago Cubs LHP Westminster, CA
16 Joel Bishop Boston Red Sox SS Sacramento, CA
17 John Harbin Los Angeles Dodgers SS Newberry College
18 Jamie Quirk Kansas City Royals SS Whittier, CA
19 Rob Dressler San Francisco Giants RHP Portland, OR
20 Jerry Manuel Detroit Tigers SS Rancho Cordova, CA
21 Dan Larson St. Louis Cardinals RHP Alhambra, CA
22 Chet Lemon Oakland Athletics SS Los Angeles
23 Dwayne Peltier Pittsburgh Pirates SS Anaheim, CA
24 Ken Thomas Baltimore Orioles C Bellville, OH

* Did not sign

Other notable Selections

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer


Round Pick Player Team Position
2 29 Ellis Valentine Montreal Expos Catcher-Outfielder
2 42 Dennis Leonard Kansas City Royals Pitcher
2 43 Bob Knepper San Francisco Giants Pitcher
2 47 John Candelaria Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher
3 50 Dennis Eckersley Cleveland Indians Pitcher
3 53 Gary Carter Montreal Expos Catcher
3 61 Craig Swan New York Mets Pitcher
5 97 Randy Jones San Diego Padres Pitcher
7 167 Willie Randolph Pittsburgh Pirates Shortstop-Catcher
8 172 Jim Sundberg Texas Rangers Catcher
14 336 Rick Honeycutt* Baltimore Orioles Shortstop
15 353 Jason Thompson* Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher-First Baseman
17 401 Glenn Burke Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder
17 404 Vern Ruhle Detroit Tigers Pitcher
25 572 Mike Hargrove Texas Rangers First Baseman
26 596 Lyman Bostock Minnesota Twins Outfielder

* Did not sign


The Montreal Expos had perhaps their best draft in franchise history. The Expos grabbed outfielder Ellis Valentine in round two of the June regular phase and then selected catcher Gary Carter one round later. The Pirates also did well, selecting pitcher John Candelaria in round two and second baseman Willie Randolph in round seven.

Some of the significant picks from the regular phase in June included Dennis Eckersley and Rick Manning (Cleveland). Scott McGregor (New York Yankees) in round one. Also selected in the first round were Chet Lemon (Oakland), Larry Christenson (Philadelphia) and the number one pick, Dave Roberts (San Diego). Roberts went directly to the Padres starting third base position from the University of Oregon campus. The biggest steal was pulled off by the Texas Rangers when they selected infielder Mike Hargrove from Northwestern State University in the 25th round.

Jerry Manuel and Mike Ondina became the first pair of high school teammates to be drafted in the first round of a Major League draft. Both attended Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, California.


  1. "MLB First Round Draft Picks - 1972". Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  2. Inc., Baseball Almanac,. "1972 Baseball Draft by Baseball Almanac". www.baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 5 April 2018.


Preceded by
Danny Goodwin
1st Overall Picks
Dave Roberts
Succeeded by
David Clyde
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