The New York Mets' 2011 campaign was sabotaged by Fred Wilpon's legal issues, extended injury absences of ace Johan Santana and high-priced free agent Jason Bay and the then-looming departure of shortstop Jose Reyes.
That resulted in a 77-85 mark, bad enough for fourth in the National League East.
The main positive to come out of that mess was being awarded the No. 12 pick in the draft, along with the No. 35 sandwich pick as compensation for losing Reyes.
As the franchise attempts to reinvent itself following a disastrous streak, GM Sandy Alderson and the New York front office can begin the process by nailing down the right prospects in the 2012 MLB Draft.
Track the club's picks here: