After the five players from the state heard their names called at the 2021 MLB Draft in Denver, here’s as complete a list as possible of high school players and former high school players in college from California who have been selected in the first round of every Major League Baseball Draft since he event started in 1965. The school that still leads the way with most first-rounders continues to be Rancho Bernardo of San Diego.
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The first player ever taken in a Major League Baseball draft was Rick Monday in 1965 and that also was the first MLB draft ever held. Monday, a graduate of Santa Monica High, later played at Arizona State. That 1965 draft went 20 picks in the first round.
One of the projects we completed at Cal-Hi Sports during the pandemic with no games in any sports for many months was to compile lists of first-round draft picks from California high schools in the sports we focus on. The one for baseball was completed last May. The all-time first-round draft list for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball also have been completed.