Does any one remember Clint Nageotte? As I remember, he was a top prospect.
In 1999, he was drafted in the fifth round by the Seattle Mariners. He was not a huge prospect but then in 2005, he made Baseball America's top 100 prospects list.
Where did he go?
In 2006, he was released by a pressured Bill Bavasi (A couple of bad seasons meant fans hated Bavasi.) in a "team clean-up."
He had gone 0-0 that year with a 27.00 ERA.
His best season was 2005, when he had a 6.75 ERA.
The Mets signed him for just a little while, but later went away.
He now plays in Japan, and resides around Seattle.
What caused such a gain and fall in "prospectularity?"
In my opinion, USA's baseball prospect system doesn't work. Why and how, I have no clue, but Nageotte's case shows this perfectly.
Anyway, if Clint reads this, Hello! I wish you well with your family life.