I know the June draft is a long way away, but it's been a boring offseason the last few weeks, so I've started thinking about the draft and drafts in the past. I found this webpage on mlb.com that lists the 20 players that have gone straight to the majors from the draft, without playing in the minors. Most of these happened in the 1970's, which seems reasonable, since the draft first came into being in 1965 and teams probably had not figured out how best to arrange their farm systems.
The most prominent names? Jim Abbott made the jump in 1988. Dave Winfield did it in 1973.
The most recent? Xavier Nady, drafted in 2000 by San Diego.
Four players did it straight from high school in the 1970's.
Well, Round Rock pitching coach Burt Hooton went directly from pitching for my friendly local Texas Longhorns to NL-central nemesis Chicago Cubs in 1971.
Dave Roberts, who played the 1981 season for the 'stros made the jump in 1972.
Pete Incaviglia, who had a couple of brief stays with Houston, did it in 1985.