Major League Baseball began its first draft in 1965 therefor giving the team the option of sending the player down for further instruction. The first player was mike adamson of usc in 1967 going to Baltimore orioles. the team with the most players going straight to the majors is the san Diego padres the most popular being Dave winfield. correction Oakland also had three players.
Theoretically, a polished amateur player could be drafted, sign a $10 million + signing bonus, then never play well enough to make the majors. I believe that if he is signed to a major league contract (which can be done even if he plays in the minors) that he'd be paid the league minimum of $400kish while in the minors. Also, it is possible for someone like Barry Zito to be assigned to the minors (if he accepted the demotion) and still collect his major league salary.
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