Many MLB franchises successfully employ the annual amateur draft to restock their farm systems for a brighter future.
Some teams, however, have not quite fared as well.
Not everyone can get as lucky as the Washington Nationals, who sat at No. 1 in two years that saw two once-in-a-generation prospects come strolling around the corner. Actually, scratch that. Nobody else will get as lucky.
While Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper are exceptions, the top picks of the MLB draft are much more of a crapshoot than the other major sports. These teams have frequently left the table with empty wallets.
This list is concerned with recent draft history, so don’t freak out when a team that drafted its messiah at shortstop two decades ago pops up.
Also, this is only looking at the draft itself, not international signings. So that same team also might have a superstar at second base who blossomed through his team’s farm system, but he was not drafted.
Note: Research and statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.