Prospects are the best and worst part of baseball. The hope that they can pan out for the future can be undone in the blink of an eye, leaving a franchise scrambling to fill the void left by the lack of production.
By their very definition, prospects are not guaranteed anything. As long as a farm system has existed in baseball, even the best players have failed to move up the ladder while lower-profile players have surpassed the loftiest expectations.
Looking at where baseball is right now and the current crop of top prospects, the game has never been more fun and exciting.
Unfortunately, as with any franchise, the Washington Nationals have had their fair share of botched draft picks, especially first and second-round talent. The following slideshow will take a look at five notable prospects who never lived up to their hype.