1966 Major League Baseball Draft

The MLB Draft 1966 was the second draft, which was organized by Major League Baseball. In the first place Steve Chilcott was selected by the New York Mets.


In 1966, the first time an amateur draft for free agents was held in January. In two rounds of a total of 197 players were selected, which were drafted last year, but subsequently received no contract.

The pitcher Steve Chilcott, who was selected by the New York Mets in the main draft in June in the first place, spent six years in the minor leagues before he had to end his career due to injury. The Mets have been heavily criticized for that they chose the high school players Chilcott instead of Reggie Jackson, who was drafted in the second place of the Oakland Athletics and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. Although the Mets had little luck with the choice Chilcott, yet they succeeded in the same year, the future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver to commit to $ 50,000.

The New York Yankees selected in the tenth round of the talented pitcher Ken Stabler, which then, however, a successful career as a quarterback struck in the National Football League.


* Has not signed a contract

Other notable players

  • Johnny Oates, 2nd round, a total of 38 players
  • Charlie Hough, 8th round, 159th overall player
  • Ron Cey, 19th round, a total of 361 players