With the 2012 MLB draft set to begin later today, it seems like as good a time as any to take a look back...a look back at some of the biggest draft-day mistakes ever made.
Sure, hindsight is 20/20 and at the time, many of these picks seemed like good choices, but for a myriad of reasons, they simply didn't pan out.
What makes these picks even worse is the realization of who these teams had a chance to select, but ultimately passed on—including some current and future Hall of Fame members.
For the most part, the higher the draft pick, the bigger the risk/reward factor—and the vast majority of these picks were at or near the top of the first round.
The only rule for inclusion is that the player selected must have signed with the team that drafted them—while using a draft pick on a player who ultimately re-enters the draft and plays for another organization years later is a wasted pick, I don't consider those picks to be "busts."
Let's take a look at the selections that teams would prefer everyone to forget about.