The Major League baseball began its free agent draft in 1965. Twenty-one players have been drafted, then advanced directly to the Major Leagues without first playing on a Minor League team.
Other players prior to the draft accomplished this same feat, but are not as unusual as these instances where the Minor Leagues were a necessity for all up-and-coming Major League hopefuls.
Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a list of every player who took part in the Amateur Draft and advanced directly into the Major Leagues.
"For a guy to be successful, you have to be like a clock spring, wound but loose at the same time." - Dave Winfield in A Yankee Century & Beyond (Harvey Frommer, Sourcebooks, Inc., 11/01/2007, Page 249)
In Chronological Order | Research by Baseball Almanac, Inc.
Did you know that David Clyde was the first left-handed pitcher brought directly into the Major Leagues? Click each name above to learn who else was first from various positions they played and create even more trivia questions.
A breakdown by decade reveals that one player from the 1960s was drafted and sent directory into the Major Leagues, thirteen from the 1970s, three from the 1980s, two from the 1990s, and two during the new century — to date.