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Quickly to the Major Leagues

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  • A list of players who, after being drafted, played a Major League game in the same season. Typically, a drafted player works his way through the minor league system over the course of several years. Though first rounders are usually more advanced or have higher ceilings, they also generally take at least 2 years to reach the Major Leagues.
  • This list is for drafted players only. International professional free agents are not considered for this list due to their advanced age and previous professional experience in other countries. (Japan, Cuba, Korea etc)
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  • YearPlayerPosTeamDraftedPhaseDebutAgeMLB YearsPlay YearsMLB Games
    2014Brandon FinneganPKansas City Royals2014-1-17June-Reg2014-09-0621.1452014-20172012-201761
    2010Chris SalePChicago White Sox2010-1-13June-Reg2010-08-0621.1292010-20172008-2017232
    2008Conor Gillaspie3BSan Francisco Giants2008-1-37June-Reg2008-09-0921.0532008-20172006-2017480
    2007Ross DetwilerPWashington Nationals2007-1-6June-Reg2007-09-0721.1852007-20162005-2017189
    2006Andrew MillerPDetroit Tigers2006-1-6June-Reg2006-08-3021.1012006-20172004-2017396
    2005Joey DevinePAtlanta Braves2005-1-27June-Reg2005-08-2021.3362005-20112003-201193
    2005Ryan Zimmerman3bWashington Nationals2005-1-4June-Reg2005-09-0120.3382005-20172003-20171425
    2005Craig HansenPBoston Red Sox2005-1-26June-Reg2005-09-1921.3092005-20092003-201295
    2003Rickie Weeks2BMilwaukee Brewers2003-1-2June-Reg2003-09-1521.0022003-20172001-20171297
    2003Ryan WagnerPCincinnati Reds2003-1-14June-Reg2003-07-1921.0042003-20072002-2009148
    2003Chad CorderoPMontreal Expos2003-1-20June-Reg2003-08-3021.1652003-20102001-2013314
    2000Xavier NadyOFSan Diego Padres2000-2-49June-Reg2000-09-3021.3202000-20141998-2014961
    1998J.D. DrewOFSt. Louis Cardinals1998-1-5June-Reg1998-09-0822.2931998-20111995-20111566
    1995Ariel PrietoPOakland Athletics1995-1-5June-Reg1995-07-0225.2531995-20011995-200570
    1993Jeff GrangerPKansas City Royals1993-1-5June-Reg1993-09-1621.2751993-19971991-200027
    1990Alex FernandezPChicago White Sox1990-1-4June-Reg1990-08-0220.3541990-20001989-2000263
    1990Lance DicksonPChicago Cubs1990-1-23June-Reg1990-08-0920.2941990-19901988-19953
    1989John Olerud1B-PToronto Blue Jays1989-3-79June-Reg1989-09-0321.0291989-20051987-20052234
    1989Ben McDonaldPBaltimore Orioles1989-1-1June-Reg1989-09-0621.2871989-19971987-1997211
    1988Gregg OlsonPBaltimore Orioles1988-1-4June-Reg1988-09-0221.3261988-20011986-2001622
    1987Jack McDowellPChicago White Sox1987-1-5June-Reg1987-09-1521.2421987-19991985-1999277
    1986Mike LoyndPTexas Rangers1986-7-163June-Reg1986-07-2422.1201986-19871983-199435
    1986Greg SwindellPCleveland Indians1986-1-2June-Reg1986-08-2121.2311986-20021984-2003664
    1980Rich BordiPOakland Athletics1980-3-56June-Reg1980-07-1621.0891980-19881980-1990173
    1979Jerry Don GleatonPTexas Rangers1979-1-17June-Reg1979-07-1121.3001979-19921979-1993307
    1978Brian MilnerCToronto Blue Jays1978-7-158June-Reg1978-06-2318.2191978-19781978-19822
    1978Scott MeyerCOakland Athletics1978-5-108June-Reg1978-09-1021.0221978-19781978-20018
    1978Britt BurnsPChicago White Sox1978-3-70June-Reg1978-08-0519.0581978-19851978-1990193
    1978Bob Horner3BAtlanta Braves1978-1-1June-Reg1978-06-1620.3141978-19881977-19881020
    1978Tim ConroyPOakland Athletics1978-1-20June-Reg1978-06-2318.0811978-19871978-1989135
    1978Mike MorganPOakland Athletics1978-1-4June-Reg1978-06-1118.2471978-20021978-2002597
    1977Brian GreerOFSan Diego Padres1977-1-8June-Reg1977-09-1318.1221977-19791977-19835
    1976Bob OwchinkoPSan Diego Padres1976-1-5June-Reg1976-09-2521.2671976-19861975-1986275
    1975Rick CeroneCCleveland Indians1975-1-7June-Reg1975-08-1721.0901975-19921974-19921329
    1975Jim GideonPTexas Rangers1975-1-17June-Reg1975-09-1421.3531975-19751975-19821
    1975Danny GoodwinCCalifornia Angels1975-1-1June-Reg1975-09-0322.0011975-19821974-1985252
    1975Chris KnappPChicago White Sox1975-1-11June-Reg1975-09-0421.3531975-19801975-1983122
    1975Denny WallingOFOakland Athletics1975-1-1June-Sec1975-09-0721.1431975-19921975-19921271
    1975Tim StoddardPChicago White Sox1975-2-44Jan-Sec1975-09-0722.2261975-19891975-1989485
    1974Jack KucekPChicago White Sox1974-2-32June-Reg1974-08-0821.0611974-19801972-198159
    1974Bill AlmonSSSan Diego Padres1974-1-1June-Reg1974-09-0221.2851974-19881973-19881236
    1973Eddie BanePMinnesota Twins1973-1-11June-Reg1973-07-0421.1041973-19761973-198044
    1973David ClydePTexas Rangers1973-1-1June-Reg1973-06-2718.0661973-19791973-198184
    1973Dick RuthvenPPhiladelphia Phillies1973-1-1Jan-Sec1973-04-1722.0211973-19861971-1986355
    1973Dave WinfieldP-OFSan Diego Padres1973-1-4June-Reg1973-06-1921.2601973-19951971-19952973
    1972Dave Roberts3BSan Diego Padres1972-1-1June-Reg1972-06-0721.1101972-19821972-1982709
    1971Pete BrobergPWashington Senators II1971-1-1June-SecD1971-06-2021.1101971-19781969-1978206
    1971Rob EllisiF-OfMilwaukee Brewers1971-1-3June-SecD1971-06-1820.3501971-19751970-198064
    1971Jay FranklinPSan Diego Padres1971-1-2June-Reg1971-09-0418.1721971-19711971-19773
    1971Burt HootonPChicago Cubs1971-1-2June-SecD1971-06-1721.1301971-19851971-1985480
    1971Mike CaldwellPSan Diego Padres1971-12-273June-Reg1971-09-0422.2251971-19841971-1984475
    1970Steve DunningPCleveland Indians1970-1-2June-Reg1970-06-1421.0301970-19771969-1978136
    1967Mike AdamsonPBaltimore Orioles1967-1-1June-Sec1967-07-0119.2921967-19691967-196911
    1965Ken HoltzmanPChicago Cubs1965-4-61June-Reg1965-09-0419.3051965-19791965-1979451
    1965Joe ColemanPWashington Senators II1965-1-3June-Reg1965-09-2818.2371965-19791965-1982484


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