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Top Nine MLB Draftees quickly to the Majors

The 2014 Major League Baseball Draft begins June 5, and will bring the "next generation" one step closer to their dream of making it to "The Show."

Baseball is mostly unlike any of the other three major professional sports in that draft picks don't usually make an immediate impact on the team or the league, but in some cases, guys do zoom through their respective systems fast enough to warrant an exception to that aforementioned rule of thumb.

You never know if someone whose name is called this weekend will have his name in lights sometime in the next 18 months or so, but in this edition of The Niner, we salute a select group who have done just that over the last few years.

  • WACHA WACHA WACHA
    It's no joke - shortly after leading Texas A&M to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Michael Wacha was selected No. 19 overall by the Cardinals. He made his MLB debut less than one full year later (on May 30, 2013), finished last season as the NLCS MVP, and is now a key cog in the St. Louis rotation.
  • SEATTLE ZU
    After three straight CWS appearances at Florida, catcher Mike Zunino was the No. 3 overall draft pick by the Mariners in 2012. He made his Major League debut on June 12, 2013, and Seattle's now-starting backstop is hitting .228 with seven homers through Seattle's 10-2 win over the Yanks on Monday.
  • WOOD IS GOOD
    The Braves rotation has been very good so far this year, and part of that can be attributed to Alex Wood, who was a second-round pick in 2012. Wood made his MLB debut in 2013, going 3-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 31 games as a swingman, and he was 5-5 with a 3.32 ERA in his first 15 appearances (seven starts) this season.
  • MAKING UNCLE JACK PROUD
    Forgive the 24 reference, as Trevor Bauer is certainly not related to a fictional character. He is, however, one of those to make their MLB debut the year after being drafted, debuting for Arizona in June 2012 after being the No. 3 overall draft pick less than 13 months earlier.
  • FROM COED TO ROY
    Technically, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez took two seasons to make his MLB debut, but given that he was drafted out of high school in 2011, we'll forgive him. After all, dude did skip from High-A straight to MLB and progressed from No. 14 pick to NL Rookie of the Year (and sadly, to Tommy John candidate) in a span of 36 months.
  • CAPPS-ING A JOURNEY
    Carter Capps was a third-round pick by Seattle in 2011, but him and his 98 MPH fastball blazed quickly to the Pacific Northwest. Capps made his MLB debut in 2012 and registered 71 appearances in the Mariners' bullpen in 2012-13 before being traded to Miami for Logan Morrison.
  • A DRAFT FULL OF OVERACHIEVERS
    The 2010 Draft is notable for having a lot of fast risers, with Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Matt Harvey among more than a dozen who quickly made the show. The White Sox, however, hit the double lottery that year, as first-round pick Chris Sale and third-rounder Addison Reed both debuted in 2011.
  • A MAJOR LEAP
    Stephen Strasburg and Mike Minor are just two of the many 2009 draftees who made their MLB debuts in 2010, but in our case, the cream of that crop is No. 8 overall pick Mike Leake, who made the Reds' rotation out of spring training in 2010 - without having played a single inning in the Minor Leagues.
  • BUSTED
    Every player taken in the Top 21 in the 2008 Draft has reached MLB, but San Francisco struck gold at No. 5 overall with Buster Posey, who debuted in September 2009 and has only won the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Award, the 2012 NL MVP and NL batting title, and two World Series titles so far. No biggie.
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