MLB Draft 2011: 5 First-Round Picks That GMs Will Regret Forever

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MLB Draft 2011: 5 First-Round Picks That GMs Will Regret Forever
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Although it's tough to measure the impact of a college—and even high school—baseball player before drafting them during MLB's annual draft, it is extremely easy to look back at what could have been had a team selected one player rather than another in drafts from years past.

For example, in 1966, the New York Mets could have drafted future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, but instead Steve Chilcott, a high school catcher who never appeared in a professional game in his career.

Or what about the 1978 draft, when the Kansas City Royals elected to take first baseman Tim Thompson instead of Cal Ripken Jr. Or 1984, when the Mets passed on Mark McGwire. Or 1985 when the Chicago White Sox decided to take a Kurt Brown instead of Barry Bonds.

This slide show will attempt to point out some of the weaker 2011 first round draft picks that general managers may regret selecting a few years down the road. Who knows, we may even have a Steve Chilcott incident take place.

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