The Fastest Phenom Flameout in Each of the Last 25 Years

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The Fastest Phenom Flameout in Each of the Last 25 Years
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You might refer to these one-hit wonders as the Mark Prior All-Stars.

Some guys experience a meteoric rise to stardom and shine there for many seasons. Rick Weiner took a look at a few of those guys yesterday.

These guys, on the other hand, are the annual bottle rockets—players who came up and made some noise only to dissipate just as quickly.

Compared to these shooting stars, Mark Prior was a long-lasting supernova. Though most would consider him a phenom flameout because of how rapidly injuries derailed his career, Prior more or less survived four fruitful seasons before breaking down.

Most of these guys are left wishing their career would have even lasted four years.

On the next slide we'll explain the process behind which we chose one player for each season dating back to 1987.

After that, make sure to brace yourself for the laughter/anger/tears that some of these names will stir up in your memory.

 

*All statistics are courtesy of Fangraphs.com and Baseball-Reference.com

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