You may have noticed that all the previously mentioned players are no longer with the Red Sox, and many have been out of baseball for some time. In fact, the Red Sox have been very successful in the draft recently.
There is, however, one player currently with the organization who may, sadly, be headed for the walk of shame onto this list if things don’t turn around for him quickly.
While Kolbrin Vitek is far too young to be considered a bust just yet, his pro career thus far doesn’t inspire confidence.
The 24-year-old third baseman was drafted 20th overall in the 2010 first-year player draft, the same young crop that included young superstars like Bryce Harper, Chris Sale, Matt Harvey and Manny Machado.
Furthermore, highly regarded prospects like Christian Yelich, Aaron Sanchez, Noah Syndergaard, Taijuan Walker, Nick Castellanos, and Mike Olt were all chosen after Vitek in the first round.
Despite his elite company, Vitek has failed to produce at a high level. Since being drafted, Vitek has hit just .263/.334/.365 in 273 games of action. At Double-A Portland last season, Vitek only managed a paltry .623 OPS, striking 47 times in 46 games. Repeating the level this year hasn’t helped either, as he is currently struggling to stay above the Mendoza Line.
His defense has also been lackluster, as he is a converted second baseman who is having trouble handling duties at the hot corner.
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not writing off Vitek as a bust right now. It’s entirely possible that he’s just experiencing growing pains from moving up the organizational ladder. He still has the athletic build and promising hit tool that made him a top talent.
But at the moment, his career is not trending in the right direction. He has a lot of work to do to reach his full potential.