Given the overwhelming failure rate of prospects, an organization can rarely afford to be overly patient or forgiving with their young players. However, when it involves a former top draft pick, they tend to be more lenient due to the amount of money originally invested.
Headed into the 2013 season, there are countless former top prospects on verge of falling out of the long-term picture with their current organizations. For many of them, it may be their final chance to right the ship and avoid becoming merely a “what-could-have-been” player.
Here’s a look at five once highly regarded prospects facing a make-or-break season in 2013.