With the MLB draft just around the corner, all of the focus is on high school and college players. The focus is on hope, potential and a chance for a brighter future.
With the St. Louis Cardinals, everyone is watching past draft picks as they make their big league arrival and dazzle with their triple-digit fastballs and bottomless curves. However, not all draft picks find themselves in the limelight of a major league baseball team.
Some suffer early injuries that hamper their development. Others simply struggle to make the transition from high school or college ball to the rat race of professional baseball.
It’s important to keep in perspective that when we’re talking about big prospects, as many as 30-40 are drafted each year. Even in the best of farm systems, to have two or three per year that actually contribute to the big league team is quite impressive.
Every team has had their draft blunders over the years. The missed Hall of Famer (see my number one pick) or pitcher who just can’t figure out major league hitters are the rule, not the exception.
Following are five of the Cardinals top draft busts.