A large part of the Tampa Bay Rays success has come from getting tremendous value out of their draft picks.
Success was not always a word used to describe the team.
The Rays experienced plenty of losing seasons in the organization’s first 10 years of existence. The losing ways of the Devil Rays allowed the team to be at the top of the draft more often than not. To the team’s credit, they have made a lot of great selections with their prime draft positions.
Success stories such as Carl Crawford, James Shields, David Price and Evan Longoria have enabled the Rays to take their homegrown talent and turn a low-budget team into an annual contender.
Not every player taken has panned out as expected for the Rays. There are plenty of examples of players that were hyped after being drafted but never panned out for the team.
Players taken in the first two rounds of the draft and high-profile acquisitions need to perform for struggling franchises.
Here is a look at 10 prospects that never lived up to their expectations for the Rays.