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This is a list of baseball players who went directly to the major leagues. They are distinguished as a group by the fact that they made their North American professional debut with a Major League Baseball franchise without previously having played at the professional level, such as minor league affiliates of major league teams, the Negro Leagues, Japanese professional leagues, or independent professional teams.

After their major league debuts, many of these players actually, at one time or another, played in professional leagues other than Major League Baseball for reasons such as demotions due to poor performance, injury rehabilitation, lack of room on their team's major league roster, or simply the need of a job.

Included are the Bonus Babies, who joined major league rosters from 1947 to 1957 and from 1962 to 1965 under the Bonus Rule.


* Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame primarily as a player
+ Bonus babies
Name Pos Amateur Team Major League Team Debut
Joey Amalfitano+ 2B Loyola Marymountmarker New York Giants 1954
Jim Abbott P Michiganmarker California Angels 1989
Mike Adamson P USCmarker Baltimore Orioles 1967
Eddie Bane P Arizona Statemarker Minnesota Twins 1973
Reno Bertoia+ 3B Assumption College HS marker Detroit Tigers 1953
Steve Boros+ IF Michiganmarker Detroit Tigers 1957
Clete Boyer+ 3B Alba HS (Mo.) Kansas City Athletics 1955
Jim Brady+ P Notre Damemarker Detroit Tigers 1956
Pete Broberg P Dartmouthmarker Washington Senators 1971
Mack Burk+ C Texasmarker Philadelphia Phillies 1956
Wayne Causey+ IF Neville HS (La.) Baltimore Orioles 1955
David Clyde P Westchester HS marker Texas Rangers 1973
Tim Conroy P Gateway Senior HS (Pa.) Oakland Athletics 1978
Billy Consolo+ SS Dorsey HS Boston Red Sox 1953
John DeMerit+ OF Wisconsinmarker Milwaukee Braves 1957
Jim Derrington+ P ? HS (Calif.) Chicago White Sox 1956
Moe Drabowsky+ P Trinity Collegemarker Chicago Cubs 1956
Darren Dreifort P Wichita State Universitymarker Los Angeles Dodgers 1994
Steve Dunning P Stanfordmarker Cleveland Indians 1970
John Edelman+ P West Chestermarker Milwaukee Braves 1955
Rob Ellis OF Michigan Statemarker Milwaukee Brewers 1971
Bob Feller* P Van Meter HS (Iowa) Cleveland Indians 1936
Tom Gastall+ C Boston Universitymarker Baltimore Orioles 1955
Paul Giel+ P Minnesotamarker New York Giants 1954
Dick Groat+ SS Dukemarker Pittsburgh Pirates 1952
Bobby Henrich+ SS Compton HS marker Cincinnati Redlegs 1957
Dave Hill+ P ? HS (La.) Kansas City Athletics 1957
Jay Hook+ P Northwesternmarker Cincinnati Redlegs 1957
Burt Hooton P Texasmarker Chicago Cubs 1971
Bob Horner 3B Arizona Statemarker Atlanta Braves 1978
Catfish Hunter*+ P Perquimans County HS (N.C.) Kansas City Athletics 1965
Pete Incaviglia OF Oklahoma Statemarker Texas Rangers 1986
Ron Jackson+ 1B Western Michiganmarker Chicago White Sox 1954
Vic Janowicz+ C Ohio Statemarker Pittsburgh Pirates 1953
Joey Jay+ P Woodrow Wilson HS (Conn.) Milwaukee Braves 1953
Don Kaiser+ P ? HS (Okla.) Chicago Cubs 1955
Al Kaline*+ OF Southern HS Detroit Tigers 1953
Harmon Killebrew*+ 1B Payette HS marker Washington Senators 1954
Jerry Kindall+ 2B Minnesotamarker Chicago Cubs 1956
Nick Koback+ C ? HS (Conn.) Pittsburgh Pirates 1953
Sandy Koufax*+ P Cincinnatimarker Brooklyn Dodgers 1955
Kenny Kuhn+ IF Male HS (Ky.) Cleveland Indians 1955
Frank Leja+ 1B ? HS (Mass.) New York Yankees 1954
Ralph Lumenti+ P ? HS (Mass.) Washington Senators 1957
Mike McCormick+ P Keppel HS (Calif.) New York Giants 1956
Lindy McDaniel+ P Arnett HS (Okla.) St. Louis Cardinals 1955
Von McDaniel+ P Arnett HS (Okla.) St. Louis Cardinals 1957
Bob G. Miller+ P ? HS (Ill.) Cincinnati Redlegs 1953
Bob L. Miller+ P ? HS (Mo.) St. Louis Cardinals 1957
Brian Milner C Southwest Christian HS (Texas) Toronto Blue Jays 1978
Cass Michaels 2B ? HS (Mich.) Chicago White Sox 1943
Paul Martin+ P ? HS (Pa.) Pittsburgh Pirates 1955
Mike Morgan P Valley HS (Nev.) Oakland Athletics 1978
Xavier Nady OF Californiamarker San Diego Padres 2000
Tex Nelson+ 1B Baltimore Orioles 1955
Joe Nuxhall P Cincinnati Reds 1944
Eddie O'Brien+ SS Seattlemarker Pittsburgh Pirates 1953
Johnny O'Brien+ 2B Seattlemarker Pittsburgh Pirates 1953
Billy O'Dell+ P Clemsonmarker Baltimore Orioles 1954
John Olerud 1B Washington Statemarker Toronto Blue Jays 1989
Mel Ott* OF ? HS (La.) New York Giants 1926
Jim Pagliaroni+ C Boston Red Sox 1955
Chan Ho Park P Hanyang University Los Angeles Dodgers 1994
Don Pavletich+ C Cincinnati Reds 1957
Laurin Pepper+ P Southern Missmarker Pittsburgh Pirates 1954
Leroy Powell+ PH Michigan Statemarker Chicago White Sox 1955
Ariel Prieto P Oakland Athletics 1995
Buddy Pritchard+ 2B USCmarker Pittsburgh Pirates 1957
Jim Pyburn+ 3B Alabama Polytechnic Institutemarker Baltimore Orioles 1955
Tom Qualters+ P Philadelphia Phillies 1953
Alexei Ramírez SS Chicago White Sox 2008
Mel Roach+ IF Milwaukee Braves 1953
Dave Roberts+ 3B Oregonmarker San Diego Padres 1972
Dick Ruthven P Fresno Statemarker Philadelphia Phillies 1973
Dick Schofield SS California Angels 1983
Jerry Schoonmaker+ OF Missourimarker Washington Senators 1955
Al Silvera+ LF USCmarker Cincinnati Reds 1955
George Sisler* 1B Michiganmarker St. Louis Browns 1915
Jim Small+ OF Detroit Tigers 1955
Red Swanson+ P LSUmarker Pittsburgh Pirates 1955
Hawk Taylor+ C Milwaukee Braves 1957
George Thomas+ OF Detroit Tigers 1957
Jerry Walker+ P Baltimore Orioles 1957
Dave Winfield* OF Minnesotamarker San Diego Padres 1973
Frank Zupo+ C Baltimore Orioles 1957


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