When reflecting on former top draft picks who became successful major league players, the recollection of former highly regarded prospects who failed to meet their lofty expectations is unavoidable.
Since the implementation of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965, the list of failed top prospects has continued to grow exponentially. For some players, their downfall was a result of an unfortunate injury (or multiple injuries), while others’ stemmed from a poor off-the-field decision. And then, of course, there's the majority of players who simply fizzled out as most prospects do.
Regardless, each player on this list was once revered as a future star, though sadly, they’ll only be remembered in the context of “what could have been.”