Clint Nageotte: The Mariner's Top Prospect ?

Shanan H.Analyst IApril 27, 2009

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 22:  Clint Nageotte poses for a portrait during Seattle Mariniers Photo Day on February 22, 2006 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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.