1998 Amateur Draft : First Round Picks
The first draft was held on June 8-9, 1965. The Major League franchises were able to choose from all high school seniors and college players.
Initially there were supposed to be three amateur drafts held each season. That original plan changed in 1964 and was reduced to two drafts with the first phase being held after High School graduations. The second phase was held in January of the following year and involved players who were drafted earlier, but were not signed by their franchise.
In 1986 the two-phase draft system was changed and instead of holding a second phase draft in January, franchises who could not sign their first round selections were awarded a supplemental first round pick the following amateur draft.
The first pick of the first round is awarded to the worst team in the American or National League. Each season the two leagues alternate the first pick and proceed through the first round in reverse order of finish from the previous season's standings.
Baseball Almanac is pleased to present the 1998 first round draft selections, the team they were chosen by, their position(s), and their college or home town at the time of the amateur draft.