List of drafted players who advanced directly to the Major Leagues

From BR Bullpen

The following players have advanced directly to the Major Leagues without playing in the minor leagues since the Amateur Draft began in 1965.

Draft Player Position School Team Debut Date
1967 Mike Adamson P University of Southern California Baltimore Orioles July 1, 1967
1969 Steve Dunning P Stanford University Cleveland Indians June 14, 1970
1971 Burt Hooton P University of Texas Chicago Cubs June 17, 1971
1971 Rob Ellis IF Michigan State University Milwaukee Brewers June 18, 1971
1971 Pete Broberg P Dartmouth College Washington Senators June 20, 1971
1972 Dave Roberts IF University of Oregon San Diego Padres June 7, 1972
1973 Dick Ruthven P Fresno State University Philadelphia Phillies April 17, 1973 see note
1973 Dave Winfield OF University of Minnesota San Diego Padres June 19, 1973
1973 David Clyde P Westchester High School (Houston) Texas Rangers June 27, 1973
1973 Eddie Bane P Arizona State University Minnesota Twins July 4, 1973
1978 Mike Morgan P Valley High School (Las Vegas) Oakland Athletics June 11, 1978
1978 Bob Horner IF Arizona State University Atlanta Braves June 16, 1978
1978 Tim Conroy P Gateway High School (Monroeville) Oakland Athletics June 23, 1978
1978 Brian Milner C Southwest High School (Fort Worth) Toronto Blue Jays June 23, 1978
1985 Pete Incaviglia OF Oklahoma State University Montreal Expos see note April 8, 1986
1988 Jim Abbott P University of Michigan California Angels April 8, 1989
1989 John Olerud IF Washington State University Toronto Blue Jays September 3, 1989
1993 Darren Dreifort P Wichita State University Los Angeles Dodgers April 7, 1994
1995 Ariel Prieto P Fajardo University (Cuba) see note Oakland Athletics July 2, 1995
2000 Xavier Nady IF University of California San Diego Padres September 3, 2000
2009 Mike Leake P Arizona State University Cincinnati Reds April 11, 2010
2020 Garrett Crochet P University of Tennessee Chicago White Sox September 18, 2020 see note


  • Dick Ruthven was drafted in the Secondary Phase of the January 1973 amateur draft
  • Pete Incaviglia's rights were traded to the Texas Rangers by the Montreal Expos when they were unable to sign him to a contract.
  • Ariel Prieto came to United States in 1994 on a visa and had been playing for the Western League's Palm Springs Suns when drafted.
  • Garrett Crochet did not play any minor league games before his first appearance, but was at the White Sox's alternative training site during the COVID-19 pandemic before making his debut; there were no minor league games that season.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jason Catania: "Players to go straight from MLB Draft to The Show: Only 21 drafted players have made the jump -- and none since 2009",, June 9, 2020. [1]