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Major League Baseball's Five Worst No. 1 Draft Picks Of the Last 20 Years

Eli ChesnerCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2010

Major League Baseball's Five Worst No. 1 Draft Picks Of the Last 20 Years

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    Over the last 20 years, we have seen some of the top baseball players in the game selected as the first overall pick in the MLB Draft.

    Players such as Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, Josh Hamilton, Adrian Gonzalez, and Joe Mauer have all been selected as number one overall picks in the past two decades.

    Typically, when teams make the first overall selection, they are hoping to find the caliber of players listed above, but not everything goes as planned. In every major sport, there are numerous flops with the player taken as the No. 1 overall pick.

    With that being said, here are the worst selections taken as the first pick in the MLB Draft in the past 20 years.

5. Paul Wilson (Drafted No. 1 Overall in 1994)

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    Wilson hasn't played in the major leagues since 2005.

    He has played for the New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, and Cincinnati Reds in his seven major league seasons.

    It doesn't appear likely Wilson will ever make his way back to the big leagues.

    His last year in the majors with the Reds may have been his last straw. He posted a 1-5 record, 7.77 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in nine starts.

    Career Stats:  40-58 W-L record, 4.86 ERA, and 619 strikeouts in 941.2 innings pitched.

4. Matt Anderson (Drafted No. 1 Overall in 1997)

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    Anderson, like Paul Wilson, has not appeared in a Major League game since 2005 and has also played seven seasons at the Major League level.

    He spent six of those seasons with the Detroit Tigers and one season in 2005 with the Colorado Rockies.

    His 15-7 career W-L record may have you fooled, but his 5.19 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 256.2 innings pitched in the big leagues doesn't have anyone fooled.

3. Bryan Bullington (Drafted No. 1 Overall in 2002)

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    Drafted nearly seven years ago and Bullington still doesn't have much to show for his major league career.

    Bullington has never won a game at the Major League level. In three short stints in the Majors, he has compiled a 0-5 record, 5.45 ERA, and a measly 20 strikeouts in 33 innings.

    It's looking more and more likely that Bullington will never live up to the hype of being a No. 1 overall draft selection.

2. Matt Bush (Drafted No. 1 Overall in 2004)

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    Matt Bush was taken No. 1 overall almost five years ago and he still has never seen a pitch at Double-A in the minors. The highest level of competition he has faced in his career is in Class A advanced with the Lake Elsinore Storm.

    He has bounced around in Single-A ball or lower for his entire career and still hasn't proven anything in the low minor leagues. His minor league career .219 average, .276 slugging percentage, and .294 on-base percentage says it all.

    Bush is only 24 years old and now a pitcher in the Blue Jays organization, but it's going to take a miracle for him to reach the big leagues one day.

1. Brien Taylor (Drafted No. 1 Overall 1991)

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    In 1992, Brien Taylor was ranked the No. 1 prospect in the minor leagues by Baseball America. Everything seemed to be going right for Taylor after his first two seasons in the minors—he was on the fast track to the majors.

    In 1993, however, Taylor suffered a torn labrum and he was never the same pitcher again.

    After the injury, Taylor struggled with major control issues for the remainder of his career.

    In the last five seasons of his career in the minors—after suffering his injury—he walked 184 hitters and threw 59 wild pitches in 110.2 innings. He owned an 11.30 ERA and a 2.67 WHIP over that span.

    After his tenure with the Yankees was over, the Cleveland Indians decided to give Taylor one last shot to make a comeback in 2000 and gave him a try with their Single-A affiliate, the Columbus Red Stixx (now defunct).

    Taylor ended up throwing two innings, allowing 11 runs (eight earned) on five hits and nine walks. He also threw seven wild pitches in those two innings. That was the last we ever heard of Brien Taylor.

    Career Pitches in the Majors—0.

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