Swinging and missing in the first round of the MLB draft can set a franchise back years.
It's the kind of thing that keeps scouts and general managers up at night, for they know that no matter how far the evolution of player evaluation has come, projecting how an amateur will fare as a professional is, at the end of the day, nothing more than a crapshoot.
Since 2002, thousands of ballplayers have been drafted by major league franchises. Some have gone on to become superstars, while others have turned into quality role players for their respective teams.
The vast majority, however, have made little to no impact on the game at its highest level.
When the words "first-round pick" are next to those players' names, that lack of production makes those swings and misses sting significantly more.
With that in mind, and with the 2013 MLB draft set to get underway in just over 24 hours, let's take a look back at the biggest first-round pick each team has missed on over the past decade—and some of the evaluations that may have helped lead that team to that misguided decision.
*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics and draft results courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.
*Unless otherwise noted, all scouting reports courtesy of BaseballAmerica.com.