The MLB draft has come a long way in recent years.
During its first year in 1965, the amateur draft was a crapshoot, and in a lot of ways, it still is. But that hasn't stopped every front office around the game from trying to turn it into a science—a methodology that helps them choose the best player available.
It's a lot of work. From scouting young players in high school or college across the country, to doing homework on every player available, to attempting to figure out how each of a club's potential draft picks would fit into the budget and finally selecting a guy on draft day.
It can make a team's collective and proverbial head spin.
As far as the Philadelphia Phillies are concerned, the amateur draft has been both a blessing and a curse. It has rewarded them with some of the greatest players in franchise history and some of the biggest draft busts of all time.
So with another draft right around the corner in 2012, it's time to look back on the last 25 drafts in Phillies history in an attempt to find out what went right, and what went horribly wrong.