The annual Major League Baseball Draft has become must-see TV. Ever since 1965, players from the high school and college ranks have worked for most of their young lives for the chance to be drafted by a major league team.
From Rick Monday to Gerrit Cole, the coveted overall number one draft pick each year is debated for months beforehand by baseball pundits, so-called draft experts, newspapers and online media prognosticators. Mock drafts have become a way of life in many homes, and Las Vegas even lays odds on who the potential first round pick will be.
As in anything speculative, draft picks can be a dicey proposition. There have been a number of high draft picks who never played a game at the major league level, and still others who chose to move on to college, greatly disappointing the teams who took a chance.
For instance, pitcher Mike Adamson was selected with the 18th pick by the Philadelphia in the first round of that very first draft in 1965—Adamson chose to attend the University of Southern California instead, and would later be selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1967 MLB Draft.
Millions of dollars are spent by each team scouting players throughout high school and college, so indeed the draft selection process is a big deal.
However, not all of the scouting in the world can predict future success all the time.
Here, then, is a list of each MLB team’s biggest prospect bust of all time.