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JUNE 3 (1985) - Draft*
By Bill Grimes
Jun 3, 2007 - 12:59 AM

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A Bumper Crop

NEW YORK CITY , NEW YORK JUNE 3, 1985 The amateur draft held on this date in 1985 was one of best ever. Look at the first ten picks (below). Seven of them had ( Barry Bonds is stilll having) significant major league careers. Four have been all-stars; B.J. Surhoff, Will Clark, Larkin and Bonds. Bonds is closing in on Hank Aarons’ home run record as this is being written.  

1.         B.J. Surhoff  C-Milwaukee Brewers ( University of North Carolina )

2.         Will Clark   1B-San Francisco Giants ( Mississippi State )

3.         Bobby Witt   RHP-Texas Rangers ( University of Oklahoma )

4.         Barry Larkin   SS-Cincinnati Reds ( University of Michigan )  

5.         Kurt Brown, C-Chicago White Sox ( Glendora, California)

6.         Barry Bonds   OF-Pittsburgh Pirates ( Arizona State University )

7.         Mike Campbell   P-Seattle Mariners ( University of Hawaii )

8.         Pete Incaviglia   OF-Montreal Expos ( Oklahoma State University )

9.         Mike Poehl  RHP-Cleveland Indians ( University of Texas)

10.      Chris Gwynn   OF- Los Angeles Dodgers ( University of San Diego )

If you take in the entire first found of '85 (steriod allegations notwithstanding) two picks ended up hitting more than 500 home runs; Bonds and Rafael Palmeiro (23rd pick). Also in the first round that year were Joey Cora, Walt Weiss, Brian McRae, Joe Magrane and Gregg Jefferies

Read on:
http://www.thebaseballcube.com/draft/1985_1_1.shtml
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/players/index.jsp

http://www.baseball-reference.com/w/wittbo01.shtml

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