It's been a long month of May for the Seattle Mariners.
Just when it appeared the M's had finally turned the corner earlier this month by nearly sweeping the Yankees during a three-game series in New York and nearly reaching .500 with a record of 20-21, the wheels fell off.
It all started innocently enough in Cleveland with a few tough losses to the Indians. But it continued to spiral downwards with a dreadful two-game set in Los Angeles followed by two more losses at home against Texas before the M's finally gutted out a win in 13 innings against the Rangers on Sunday.
Still with eight straight losses, the damage has been done. The Mariners are now in fourth place and seven games under .500 as we approach the month of June.
Making matters worse is the fact that the M's on Monday demoted 2009 first-round pick Dustin Ackley (Associated Press via seattlepi.com), drafted No. 2 overall, to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday and replaced him with another '09 first-round pick, Nick Franklin.
Perhaps it's too soon to consider this season lost, but I'd be lying if told you I wasn't already looking forward to seeing whom the M's will draft next week when the MLB draft gets underway.
This year with the No. 12 pick I'd imagine the team will look for a polished hitter, but it's hard to say in what direction general manager Jack Zduriencik will go. The M's have so many needs, both long-term and short-term.
For fans, at this point we can only hope that the team finds another Ken Griffey Jr. or Alex Rodriguez, but in the same breath I'd imagine most of us would simply settle for a solid everyday player along the lines of a Dave Henderson or Tino Martinez.
Unfortunately, odds are the M's are just as likely to end up with a total bust with their first pick.
Players that came with high hopes that would have, could have and perhaps should have made a positive impact with the Mariners, but for a whole host of reasons simply didn't.
So with the MLB draft just around the corner, I figured it might be worthwhile to take a trip down memory lane to review the Mariners' five biggest draft busts in team history.