The MLB draft is a crapshoot. The surprisingly low success rate of former top-10 picks attests to that.
History shows that some of the earliest amateurs selected in the 2013 edition on Thursday night may never play an inning in the majors.
Scrolling through the draft section at Baseball-Reference.com led to this revelation: Of the 400 ballplayers selected in the top-10 from 1965-2004, 95 of them—23.75 percent—failed to make it to the big leagues.
More highly touted players taken in the years since will fail in the same fashion. However, it's premature—and downright disrespectful—to comment on those who continue to play professionally, regardless of how bleak their prospects seem.
Details about many of those 95 top-10 busts are scarce. For that reason, this article focuses on 10 of the most compelling stories by chronological order.
In order to accommodate the curious readers out there, the final slide lists the remaining busts.