Alex Bregman

6 MLB Players You Had No Idea Spent Barely Any Time in the Minor Leagues

Typically, it takes quite a while for even elite level prospects to make it to the show . Considering the minor leagues has several different levels including high A, low A, AA, and AAA, it could take a long time for players to make it through the minors. In some rare cases we do see players ascend rapidly through the minors, but there is typically outstanding circumstances that determine this. Here are six MLB players that fit that description, and that you probably had no idea spent barely any time in the minor leagues.

1. Andrew Benintendi

Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi was the seventh overall pick in 2015, and it only took the lefty swinging stud a year to make the majors a year later. Benintendi soared through the minors and shot up the prospect rankings in the process. Benintendi finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2016, and boats an .806 OPS in his four years in the majors.

2. Kyle Schwarber

The former Indiana catcher was taken in the first round by the Chicago Cubs  in 2014, and would make his debut the following season. Schwarber's powerful bat got him the early call to the majors despite his questionable defense. Schwarber has slugged 77 homers in only 355 career games, and was a key member of the Cubs 2016 title run despite recovering from a torn ACL.

3. Michael Conforto

Michael Conforto was taken by the New York Mets  in the 2014 draft and was quicly called to the show the following season. Conforto was considered a mature hitter for his age as he did nothing but slug at Oregon State and in his brief sting in the minors. Conforto has been up and down in terms of his performance in the majors at times, but he still boasts an .836 OPS for his career.

4. Brandon Finnegan

Brandon Finnegan has had the least successful MLB career of anyone on this list, but his story is incredibly unique. Finnegan accomplished an incredibly rare feat as he made his major league debut the same season he was drafted. Finnegan came out of the bullpen for Kansas City during their magical 2014 word series run that ended with a crushing game seven loss. Finnegan has a mediocre 4.11 career ERA, and is currently in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system.

5. Dansby Swanson

Atlanta Braves  shortstop Dansby Swanson was the first overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft, coming off leading Vanderbilt to a college world series title. Swanson shot through the minor leagues in no time, and made his debut in 2016. Swanson has not brought much to the plate so far in his MLB career, but has played Gold Glove-caliber defense at shortstop. He is having a solid 2019 so far, with an OPS north of .900 in the early going.

6. Alex Bregman

Alex Bregman was taken second overall by the Houston Astros in the 2015 draft, directly after Arizona took Dansby Swanson. Bregman made his debut in 2016, and has since blossomed into a star in the MLB. Bregman has accumulated 13.7 WAR (according to Baseball Reference) in just 382 career games. He had his big breakout last season, leading the league in doubles and finishing fifth in AL MVP voting.