MLB Draft 2012: 5 1st-Round Picks Who Will Have Quick Paths to the Majors

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MLB Draft 2012: 5 1st-Round Picks Who Will Have Quick Paths to the Majors
Marlins first-round pick Andrew Heaney will be ready for The Show sooner than most; Photo via News9.com

The first round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft is in the books. Now begins the waiting game.

One thing we know for sure is that none of the 31 players selected in the first round on Monday will go straight to the big leagues. The high school prospects are going to need a couple years of development, and even the top college players are going to have to pay their dues in the minors for a couple years.

However, it's by no means unheard of for prospects to move towards the majors very quickly. We've seen players make their major league debuts mere months after being drafted. Others find themselves in the Show less than a year after the draft.

Of the 31 players who were chosen in the first round of the 2012 draft, here's a look at five who will enjoy quick ascents to the major leagues.

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