The Top 10 Draft-Day Blunders of the Past 25 Years

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The Top 10 Draft-Day Blunders of the Past 25 Years
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The San Diego Padres sought a high school outfielder early in the 2009 draft. They regret passing on Mike Trout.

For every ingenious pick made in the past 25 years of the MLB amateur draft, there have been even more blunders. In the following slides, we'll recall the most blatant draft-day mistakes dating back to 1988.

Understandably, these deplorable decisions were made near the top of the draft. Teams have mutual awareness about standout prospects, so the greatest travesties take place in the early rounds when a team settles for a replacement-level player instead of a future superstar. Even traditionally "smart franchises" like the Oakland Athletics haven't been immune.

Of course, the true magnitude of a blunder can only be known several years after the draft. It became painfully clear to these teams that being unwise with a top pick created a void at a particular position later on.

The past quarter-century might have played out entirely different if certain executives had simply read a different name when they were on the clock.

Here are the most notorious of those brain cramps.

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