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Who was the first drafted player to go to the Major League without playing in the minors?


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2011-09-13 21:05:27
2011-09-13 21:05:27

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.


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