The longest career in minor league baseball history belongs to Hattiesburg native John Lindsey who spent 16 years in various farm systems before finally making his Big League debut in 2010 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
By contrast another player from Mississippi, Ocean Springs alum Garrett Crochet just did the exact opposite by skipping minor league baseball altogether.
The former Greyhound is the first Major League player to do so since Mike Leake in 2009 following his call up to the Chicago White Sox on Friday.
The 11th overall pick dazzled in his first relief appearance, recording two strikeouts in a perfect sixth inning with six of his pitches touching at least 100 miles per hour.
The lefty flamethrower followed that up with another scoreless inning on Sunday, proving he was ready for the fast track right out of the University of Tennessee. Ocean Springs Head Baseball Coach Brian Rea said, “Man, I think the White Sox are getting the opportunity to just show the rest of the guys that just passed up on him – hey man, this is what you could’ve had. And not only that, we’re going to run him out there and let him get some of your guys out. Kudos to them and their front office saying look, this guy can help us now. It’s not like they’re out of it and they’re in last place and he’s just getting mop up stuff. They are in first place – if I’m not mistaken – and right in the thick of this thing. So we’re excited to see hey, this kid may get – who knows – he may get in the World Series here. Stranger things have happened in 2020 for sure.”
Prior to Friday, Crochet hadn’t thrown an official pitch since March 7th with the Volunteers.