Prior to the first game played by each of the new teams, a draft was held the year before for the new teams to attempt to put together a roster of players for the next season. The rules for the availability of players changed slightly from 1962 to 1998, but what was common was the opportunity for the new teams to decide which players they could use from the existing teams in MLB. Over a series of 14 posts, I will review the expansion drafts of each of these newer 14 teams. Included are trades made following the draft and which players were taken first overall. Without further due, here is a recap of the 1968 expansion draft for the San Diego Padres.
MLB had promised a new franchise to Kansas City after the Athletics left there after only being there for 13 seasons. Of course, to keep all AL teams playing at the same time, another expansion team was needed. Seattle was given a franchise called the Pilots. The NL chose to expand also, with San Diego getting a franchise and MLB expanding into Canada for the first time with the creation of the Montreal Expos. This draft added 30 players to each of the four new teams. Each of the expansion teams could only select players from teams in their own leagues. With each league presently having 10 teams, that meant there would be six rounds causing each team to lose exactly six players.
The San Diego Padres opened up the draft by taking San Francisco Giants OF Ollie Brown. The Padres followed that up with taking St Louis Cardinals RHP Dave Giusti (3rd). Their first round was finished off by taking New York Mets RHP Dick Selma (5th), Atlanta Braves RHP Al Santorini (7th) and Chicago Cubs infielder Jose Arcia (9th).
The Expos were given the 1st selection of the 2nd and 3rd rounds. The Padres first second round pick was Cardinals RHP Clay Kirby (12th). With the 16th selection, the Padres took Mets OF Jerry Morales. They also took Houston Astros 1B Nate Colbert (18th) and Los Angeles Dodgers SS Zoilo Versalles (20th).
The third round saw the Padres open up with Cubs RHP Frank Reberger (22). They then took Cardinals infielder Jerry DeVanon (24th). They had the first pick of the 4th round and selected Giants RHP Mike Corkins (31st). With the 39th pick, the Padres took Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Dave Roberts.
With the Expos taking the first selection of the 5th round, the Padres followed by taking Giants CF Ty Cline (42nd). They also took Cincinnati Reds LHP Billy McCool with the 46th overall pick. They opened up the final round by selecting Giants infielder Rafael Robles (51st). They also selected Braves OF and future MLB manager Cito Gaston with their last overall selection (59th).
The following is the entire expansion draft for the San Diego Padres:
Ollie BrownSan Francisco Giants1st
Dave GiustiSt. Louis Cardinals3rd
Dick SelmaNew York Mets5th
Al SantoriniAtlanta Braves7th
José ArciaChicago Cubs9th
Clay KirbySt. Louis Cardinals12th
Fred KendallCincinnati Reds14th
Jerry MoralesNew York Mets16th
Nate ColbertHouston Astros18th
Zoilo VersallesLos Angeles Dodgers20th
Frank RebergerChicago Cubs22nd
Jerry DaVanonSt. Louis Cardinals24th
Larry StahlNew York Mets26th
Dick KelleyAtlanta Braves28th
Al FerraraLos Angeles Dodgers30th
Mike CorkinsSan Francisco Giants31st
Tom DukesHouston Astros33rd
Rick JamesChicago Cubs35th
Tony GonzálezPhiladelphia Phillies37th
Dave RobertsPittsburgh Pirates39th
Don ShawNew York Mets40th
Ivan MurrellHouston Astros42nd
Jim WilliamsLos Angeles Dodgers44th
Billy McCoolCincinnati Reds46th
Roberto PeñaPhiladelphia Phillies48th
Al McBeanPittsburgh Pirates50th
Rafael RoblesSan Francisco Giants51st
Fred KatawczikCincinnati Reds53rd
Ron SlocumPittsburgh Pirates55th
Steve ArlinPhiladelphia Philles57th
Cito GastonAtlanta Braves59th
After the draft, Giusti was traded back to the Cardinals for Ed Spiezio, Danny Breeden, Ron Davis and Phil Knuckles. They then traded Davis and Bobby Klaus to the Pirates for Chris Cannizzaro and Tommie Sisk. They also acquired Bill Davis from the Indians to play 1B. The following was the opening day lineup for the Padres, who beat the Astros 2-1 in their first game.
Rafael Robles SS
Roberto Pena 2B
Tony Gonzalez CF
Ollie Brown RF
Bill Davis 1B
Larry Stahl LF
Ed Spiezio 3B
Chris Cannizzaro C
Dick Selma P
Under new manager Preston Gomez, the Padres finished at 52-110, last place in the newly formed NL West Division. They finished with the same exact record as the other NL expansion team, the Montreal Expos.