When a highly touted draft pick gets off to a slow start as a professional, we tend to draw hasty conclusions about his long-term potential or assume that something was missed in the scouting process.
The reality is that most prospects will struggle at some point during their ascent toward the major leagues. For some guys, however, that just happens earlier than expected.
When evaluating the early returns from recent draft picks, it’s important to remember the impact small sample sizes have on players’ numbers, and that those numbers are a weak indicator of his overall potential or career trajectory. After all, it will be several years until a majority of the players from this year’s class are even ready for the major leagues.
With all that being said, here are five prospects from the 2014 draft class who have struggled in their professional debuts.