2012 MLB Draft: Every MLB Team's Worst Draft Bust of All Time

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2012

2012 MLB Draft: Every MLB Team's Worst Draft Bust of All Time

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    With the 2012 MLB draft set to begin later today, it seems like as good a time as any to take a look back...a look back at some of the biggest draft-day mistakes ever made.

    Sure, hindsight is 20/20 and at the time, many of these picks seemed like good choices, but for a myriad of reasons, they simply didn't pan out.

    What makes these picks even worse is the realization of who these teams had a chance to select, but ultimately passed on—including some current and future Hall of Fame members.

    For the most part, the higher the draft pick, the bigger the risk/reward factor—and the vast majority of these picks were at or near the top of the first round.

    The only rule for inclusion is that the player selected must have signed with the team that drafted them—while using a draft pick on a player who ultimately re-enters the draft and plays for another organization years later is a wasted pick, I don't consider those picks to be "busts."

    Let's take a look at the selections that teams would prefer everyone to forget about.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Corey Myers (Fourth Overall Pick, 1999)

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    Corey Myers' story was playing out like a movie.

    The star shortstop for Desert Vista High School, located less than 20 miles south of Chase Field (known then as Bank One Ballpark), home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, is the hometown team's first-round pick.

    That's where the movie turns ugly.

    Myers would spend seven seasons in Arizona's minor-league system, trying his hand at every infield position and making it as high as Triple-A Tuscon before being released in 2005. After stints with the Angels Double- and Triple-A teams and the independent Long Beach Armada, Myers retired in 2007.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Myers

    Barry Zito (ninth), Ben Sheets (10th), Brett Myers (12th) and Brian Roberts (50th).

Atlanta Braves: Mike Kelly (Second Overall Pick, 1991)

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    Mike Kelly absolutely crushed college pitching over three years at Arizona State, finishing his career with a .350 average, 197 runs scored, 46 doubles, 46 home runs and 194 RBI.

    His 46 home runs ranked second in Sun Devils history behind Bob Horner, who the Braves had taken with the first overall pick 13 years earlier in 1978.

    So it made sense for the Braves to draft their outfielder of the future...only he turned out to be more like Little Jack Horner and nothing like Bob.

    Kelly struggled through parts of two seasons in Atlanta with a slash line of .220/.273/.383 with five home runs and 26 RBI over 127 games played.

    He would be traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Chad Fox and Ray King prior to the 2006 season, and after failed stints with the Reds, Rays and Rockies, Kelly found himself out of baseball after the 1999 season.

    Kelly attempted to make a comeback in 2003 and 2004 with the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees, respectively, but he never made it out of Triple-A.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Kelly

    Dmitri Young (fourth), Doug Glanville (12th), Manny Ramirez (13th), Cliff Floyd (14th) and Shawn Green (16th).

Baltimore Orioles: Chris Smith (Seventh Overall Pick, 2001)

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    The Chris Smith story is, well, bizarre.

    After missing out on their two top choices, Gavin Floyd and Mark Teixeira, the Orioles took Smith and he signed almost immediately, leading people to believe that there was a pre-draft deal in place. Smith was a hard-throwing lefty, but he had only been pitching for a short time.

    A position player at Florida State, Smith transferred to tiny Cumberland University, an NAIA school in Tennessee, so that he could pitch. He was a hard-throwing lefty but he was very, very raw.

    Smith would see parts of four seasons in the Orioles farm system, never making it past Single-A before he was released during the 2005 season. Smith signed with the independent Long Island Ducks for the remainder of the season, but he was out of baseball by 2006.

    In 2006, Tony Pente from Orioleshangout.com conducted an interview with Smith to find out exactly what happened—was he injured?

    Smith, who to his credit never spoke badly of the organization, didn't toe the company line:

    I was injured by the Orioles Athletic trainer Mitch Bibb (rehab guy down in Sarasota). They were doing tests 2 weeks or so into my workouts to get ready to go to Delmarva when he puts too much pressure on a certain motion. That's when I heard a pop and the next day I couldn't throw a ball.

    From that day on it was tendonitis or shoulder weakness, even went to Dr. Andrews and he didn't see anything so I rehabbed for about a year and a half trying to get back taking their word for what is the matter with me. After that Dr. McFarland at Johns Hopkins found a 90 something percent tear to the rotator cuff.

    Maybe Chris Smith wouldn't have been a bust after all?

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Smith

    Casey Kotchman (13th), Bobby Crosby (25th), Jeremy Bonderman (26th) and David Wright (38th).

Boston Red Sox: Andrew Yount (15th Overall Pick, 1995)

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    After spending the summer he was drafted out of high school in the Gulf Coast League, not far from his home in Texas, Andy Yount was voted by GCL managers as the second-best prospect in the entire league, behind only Chad Hermansen.

    Who was behind that dynamic duo? Carlos Beltran, Roy Halladay and Kerry Wood, which leads me to two things.

    First, prospects are almost always overrated. Second, every manager who cast a vote needs to have their heads examined.

    That was the highlight of Yount's career, as following the 1996 season, Yount shattered a glass in his hand that did so much damage that it took him two years to come back from the multiple operations that he required.

    The Tigers took a chance on him in 2000 and he spent the next four years unable to make it past High-A ball. He gave it one more shot with the Cincinnati Reds in rookie ball as a 29-year-old in 2006 before finally hanging them up for good.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Yount

    Roy Halladay (17th) and Michael Barrett (28th).

Chicago Cubs: Jackie Davidson (Sixth Overall Pick, 1983)

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    Two high school pitchers in Texas intrigued the Cubs entering the 1983 draft—Jackie Davidson and Wayne Dotson.

    Neither panned out.

    Davidson spent seven seasons in the Cubs' minor-league system, making it as high as Triple-A, where he went 7-15 with a 5.92 ERA over parts of three seasons, allowing more than 12 hits per nine innings. He was released following the 1989 season.

    Twice he tried to restart his career, with the Texas Rangers in 1995 and the independent Fort Worth Cats as recently as 2002.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Davidson

    Roger Clemens (19th), Ricky Jordan (22nd) and Dan Plesac (26th).

Chicago White Sox: Kurt Brown (Fifth Overall Pick, 1985)

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    The White Sox reportedly gave Kurt Brown, a high school catcher out of California, a six-figure signing bonus to bypass going to college—that's how much they thought of Brown.

    Brown, with his new-found wealth, was convinced that he was on the fast track to the major leagues. "When I signed I didn't know anything. I figured four years," he told Mitch Polin of the Los Angeles Times  in 1989.

    He spent the first four years of his career unable to get past Single-A, and after a brief stint at Double-A in 1989, he found himself back where he started, telling Polin that perhaps he was a bit overzealous with his four-year time frame.

    "Now I realize that was a little low," Brown said. "But I'm still young. I'm only 22. When you look at the number of seasons I've played I'm a veteran, but I'm still young according to my age."

    His youth did him no favors, as Brown was out of organized baseball by the time he celebrated his 25th birthday.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Brown

    Barry Bonds (sixth), Pete Incaviglia (eighth), Walt Weiss (11th) and Rafael Palmeiro (22nd).

Cincinnati Reds: Pat Pacillo (Fifth Overall Pick, 1984)

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    Who was the player that replaced Pete Rose on the Reds' 40-man roster following the 1986 season?

    Pat Pacillo, a member of the 1984 US Olympic Baseball team, who the Reds had selected two years earlier.

    In a conversation with UPI following the season, Reds GM Bill Bergesch explained the thinking behind the move: "We didn't want to lose the best prospect in the organization. We just didn't want to take a chance with him."

    The Reds' best prospect spent parts of the 1987 and 1988 seasons with the Reds, posting a 5.90 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over 50 innings pitched before being released.

    He was out of organized baseball by 1991.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Pacillo

    Jay Bell (eighth) and Mark McGwire (10th).

Cleveland Indians: Steve Dunning (Second Overall Pick, 1970)

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    Only the second player in the history of the draft to go straight to the major leagues out of college without spending any time in the minors, Steve Dunning struggled through his first two seasons with the Indians before they finally sent him to Triple-A to start the 1972 season.

    When he was eventually called up in July, Dunning seemed to have worked out his issues, going 6-4 with a 3.26 ERA over 16 starts. But his issues returned the following season and by the middle of May, Dunning found himself traded to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Dick Bosman and Ted Ford.

    He would have uneventful stops with the Rangers, Angels, Expos and A's before finding himself out of baseball following the 1978 season.

    Dunning finished his career 23-41 with a 4.56 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Dunning

    Darrell Porter (fourth) and Dan Ford (18th).

Colorado Rockies: Mark Mangum (17th Overall Pick, 1997)

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    Believe it or not, you could own this exact Mark Mangum baseball card!

    For the low price of $9.99 (plus $3.77 in shipping), someone will send you this card, encased in a hard plastic sleeve!

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    Mangum spent the end of 1997 pitching in the Arizona Fall League and while his ERA was high at 4.80, he showed some promise, striking out 77 batters over 65.2 innings pitched.

    And then out of nowhere, Mangum was traded along with Terry Jones to the Montreal Expos in exchange for reliever Dave Veres and Mark Hamlin.

    While Veres had an outstanding 1998 for the Rockies, he was awful in 1999 and sent packing that winter.

    Mangum never amounted to anything, never making it past Double-A and finding himself out of baseball by his 24th birthday.

    A wasted pick, to say the least.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Mangum

    Adam Kennedy (20th), Jayson Werth (22nd) and Matt LeCroy (50th).

Detroit Tigers: Matt Anderson (First Overall Pick, 1997)

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    A flame-throwing right-hander from Rice University, Matt Anderson routinely touched 100 mph with his fastball and thus the Tigers made him the first overall pick of the 1997 draft.

    While Anderson had a solid debut in 1998 (5-1, 3.27 ERA) and he saved 22 games for the Tigers in 2001, he was an absolute bust for the Tigers.

    In 2002, the "Octopus Incident" essentially ended his career. During an octopus-throwing contest at the park—to which the winner received tickets to a Detroit Red Wings playoff game—Anderson tore a muscle and was never the same afterwards, unable to break 90 mph with any of his pitches.

    He was out of organized baseball by 2005, and he finished his Tigers career with a 4.89 ERA and 1.53 WHIP.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Anderson

    J.D. Drew (second), Troy Glaus (third), Vernon Wells (fifth), Michael Cuddyer (ninth), Jon Garland (10th), Lance Berkman (16th), Adam Kennedy (20th) and Jayson Werth (22nd).

Florida/Miami Marlins: Josh Booty (Fifth Overall Pick, 1994)

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    Drafted out of Evangel High School in Shreveport, Louisana, the Marlins offered Josh Booty a seven-figure signing bonus to not attend college on a football scholarship. Booty was a highly sought-after quarterback prospect who had a full ride waiting for him with his hometown LSU Tigers.

    Booty took the money and proceeded to hit for power but little else over five minor-league seasons, finishing his minor-league career with an average below the Mendoza line at .198.

    He would hit .269 in 30 plate appearances over three years before deciding to finally attend LSU following the 1998 season to play quarterback. A sixth-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks, Booty never saw the regular season.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Booty

    Nomar Garciaparra (12th), Paul Konerko (13th) and Jason Varitek (14th).

Houston Astros: Willie Ansley (Seventh Overall, 1988)

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    Decide between a professional baseball career or a scholarship to play football for the Oklahoma Sooners.

    With hindsight being 20/20, Ansley would most definitely take a redo on that decision.

    He'd spend five seasons in the Astros' minor-league system, making it as high as Triple-A in 1993. Ansley would spend the next two years playing for random independent teams before calling it quits.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Ansley

    Jim Abbott (eighth), Robin Ventura (10th), Tino Martinez (14th), Charles Nagy (17th), Alex Fernandez (24th) and Brian Jordan (30th).

Kansas City Royals: Jeff Austin (Fourth Overall, 1998)

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    Named the Collegiate Player of the Year in 1998 while attending Stanford University, the Royals expected big things out of the right-handed starter.

    Instead, they got 31 relief appearances over two seasons, a performance that saw Austin allow 62 baserunners in 37 innings pitched. He would be shipped off to the Cincinnati Reds during spring training in 2003, and after spending 2005 with the unaffiliated Long Island Ducks, Austin retired.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Austin

    J.D. Drew (fifth), Carlos Pena (10th), Brad Lidge (17th), CC Sabathia (20th) and Aaron Rowand (35th).

Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels: Danny Goodwin (First Overall Pick, 1975)

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    The only player in baseball history who was the first overall pick in two drafts by two different teams, Danny Goodwin was nowhere near as good as anyone thought he was.

    He said no to the White Sox in 1971 and went to college instead. When the Angels drafted him out of Southern University in 1975, scouts thought just as highly of him as they had four years earlier.

    Goodwin found himself out of the major leagues in 1983, out of the United States in 1986 and out of organized baseball by 1987. He finished his career a .236 hitter over more than 630 at-bats.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Goodwin

    Rick Cerone (seventh) and Clint Hurdle (ninth).

Los Angeles Dodgers: Bill Bene (Fifth Overall Pick, 1988)

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    It's too bad that Major League came out the year after the Dodgers took Bill Bene in the draft, because the CSU-LA right-handed pitcher was the real-life version of Charlie Sheen's character, Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn, minus the cool factor.

    Bene could dial it up to impress scouts with radar guns in their hands, but he knew absolutely nothing about command or control, walking a ridiculous 133 batters in 147.1 collegiate innings pitched.

    Like I said: ridiculous.

    For whatever reason, the Dodgers thought that they could fix him.

    They couldn't.

    Bene struggled over nine minor-league seasons with three different teams, last playing for the Angels' Triple-A team in 1997.

    For his career, Bene walked 543 batters over 515.2 innings pitched.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Bene

    Jim Abbott (eighth), Robin Ventura (10th), Tino Martinez (14th), Charles Nagy (17th), Alex Fernandez (24th) and Brian Jordan (30th).

Milwaukee Brewers: Tommy Bianco (Third Overall Pick, 1971)

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    Drafted out of Sewanhaka High School on Long Island, Tony Bianco spent nine years during the 1970s in the minor leagues—nine years that resulted in an 18-game stay with the Brewers in 1975.

    His first major-league action was pinch-hitting for Hank Aaron in the sixth inning of a game the Brewers were losing 9-2 to the Chicago White Sox and he doubled off of Yankees starter Larry Gura in another.

    Those, my friends, are the two biggest things that Tony Bianco accomplished in the major leagues.

    He was out of baseball by 1980.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Bianco

    Frank Tanana (13th), Jim Rice (15th) and Rick Rhoden (20th).

Minnesota Twins: Adam Johnson (Second Overall Pick, 2000)

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    The Twins openly admit that they had nobody other than Adrian Gonzalez in mind with the second pick in the 2000 draft, and with them having the second pick again in this year's draft, you can bet that Adam Johnson will be on everyone's mind.

    Johnson, a right-handed starter from Cal State Fullerton, allowed 30 earned runs and 40 hits over 26.1 innings pitched over parts of 2001 and 2003.

    He bounced around the minor leagues and the independent circuit before finally calling it quits in 2009.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Johnson 

    Chase Utley (15th), Adam Wainwright (29th) and Kelly Johnson (38th).

New York Mets: Steve Chilcott (First Overall Pick, 1966)

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    The first catcher ever taken with first overall selection in the draft (this was only its second year), the Mets took Steve Chilcott out of Antelope Valley High School in California with the expectation that he would quickly develop into their everyday catcher.

    Instead, Chilcott did virtually nothing over seven minor-league seasons, and he was out of baseball following the 1972 season.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Chilcott

    Reggie Jackson (second).

New York Yankees: Brien Taylor (First Overall Pick, 1991)

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    Scott Boras played the Yankees to the tune of $1.55 million to ensure that Brien Taylor, who didn't have the grades needed to get into a four-year school, wouldn't begin taking classes at Louisburg College, a junior college located in North Carolina.

    Taylor, whose fastball routinely touched the 98 mph mark during his senior year of high school, got his minor-league career off to a solid start, spending 1991 in High-A and advancing to Double-A in 1992.

    It was that offseason that the Yankees asked Taylor to pitch in winter ball—Taylor refused, claiming that he was tired from the season and he opted to return home.

    In mid-December, he would get into a fistfight with a man who had been in an altercation with Taylor's brother earlier in the evening, suffering a dislocated shoulder and a torn labrum, an injury that noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe reportedly called "one of the worst I've ever seen."

    Taylor was never the same following surgery, and he was out of professional baseball by 2000.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Taylor

    Dmitri Young (fourth) and Manny Ramirez (13th).

Oakland A's: Stan Hilton (Fifth Overall Pick, 1983)

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    Stan Hilton spent six seasons in the minors trying to reach the major leagues, but he never came close.

    Of the 95 games in which he pitched, only 12 were at Triple-A, and none of them were any good. The A's gave up on him in 1987, the Indians in 1989.

    Hilton never pitched again, finishing his career 21-19 with a 4.89 ERA and 1.59 WHIP.

    Notable First Round Picks Taken After Hilton

    Roger Clemens (19th), Ricky Jordan (22nd) and Dan Plesac (26th).

Philadelphia Phillies: Jeff Jackson (Fourth Overall Pick, 1989)

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    Before there was Carl Crawford, there was Jeff Jackson.

    Drafted out of Simeon High School in Chicago after hitting .500 with 16 HR, 72 RBI and 46 SB in 116 at-bats during his senior year, Jackson was expected to contribute to the Phillies almost immediately.

    Instead, Jackson spent parts of nine seasons either in the minor leagues or with independent teams, never making it higher than Double-A.

    He retired in 1998 at the age of 26, when he should have been entering the prime of his career.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Jackson

    Frank Thomas (seventh), Charles Johnson (10th), Mo Vaughn (23rd), Chuck Knoblauch (25th) and Todd Jones (27th).

Pittsburgh Pirates: Bryan Bullington (First Overall Pick, 2002)

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    Bryan Bullington was a highly-touted right-handed starter out of Ball State University in 2002, but the considerable hype didn't match the on-field product.

    Bullington appeared in 26 major-league games from 2005 to 2010 with three different teams, most recently the Kansas City Royals. He finished his major-league career 1-9 with a 5.62 ERA.

    Since 2011, he's been pitching for the Hiroshima Carp in Japan.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Bullington

    B.J. Upton (second), Zack Greinke (sixth), Prince Fielder (seventh), Nick Swisher (16th), Cole Hamels (17th), James Loney (19th), Denard Span (20th) and Matt Cain (25th).

San Diego Padres: Matt Bush (First Overall Pick, 2004)

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    If only the Padres had an owner who was willing to spend money, the Matt Bush debacle never would have happened in San Diego.

    With significantly better prospects available, the Padres picked Bush, a local high school shortstop who was a good but far from outstanding prospect, figuring they could sign him for far less than the others would command.

    $3.15 million later, the Padres got a shortstop who could neither hit nor field, and upon being converted to a pitcher, Bush was mediocre at best.

    While he wasn't pulling his weight on the field, Bush was constantly getting in trouble off of it. He's been with three different organizations since being drafted and he's spending 2012 in a new place—jail—as he awaits trial on seven charges he faces from a nasty accident this past March.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Bush

    Justin Verlander (second), Jered Weaver (12th), Billy Butler (14th), Gio Gonzalez (38th) and Huston Street (40th).

San Francisco Giants: Steve Soderstrom (Sixth Overall Pick, 1993)

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    Soderstrom was projected to be a front-of-the-rotation starter when the Giants drafted him out of Fresno State.

    Instead, the Giants got three starts out of him in 1996, when he went 2-0 with a 5.27 ERA and 1.61 WHIP before he headed back to the minor leagues, never to sniff the majors again.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Soderstrom

    Trot Nixon (seventh), Billy Wagner (12th), Derrek Lee (14th), Chris Carpenter (15th) and Torii Hunter (20th).

Seattle Mariners: Al Chambers (First Overall Pick, 1979)

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    One of the up-and-coming young players who, along with Harold Reynolds, Phil Bradley and Jim Presley were expected to turn things around for the Mariners, Al Chambers only got in everyone's way.

    The left fielder appeared in 57 games for Seattle between 1983 and 1985, hitting .208 with two home runs and five RBI before being released by the Mariners prior to the 1986 season.

    He attempted comebacks in 1987 with the Houston Astros and 1988 with the Chicago Cubs, but couldn't get out of the minor leagues and was out of baseball by the time he celebrated his 28th birthday.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Chambers

    Andy Van Slyke (sixth), Tim Wallach (10th) and Steve Howe (16th).

St. Louis Cardinals : Paul Coleman (Sixth Overall Pick, 1989)

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    One of the most overhyped outfield prospects in the history of the draft, Paul Coleman was a physical specimen who was a five-tool player.

    At least that's what everyone thought.

    Coleman spent five years in the Cardinals' minor-league system and made it as high as Double-A. He never came close to getting a look in the major leagues.

    After a short stint in independent ball, Coleman called it quits before his 26th birthday.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Coleman

    Frank Thomas (seventh), Charles Johnson (10th), Mo Vaughn (23rd), Chuck Knoblauch (25th) and Todd Jones (27th).

Tampa Bay Rays: Dewon Brazelton (Third Overall Pick, 2001)

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    Within a year of being drafted, Dewon Brazelton found himself in the major leagues, being called up from the minors when rosters expanded in September of 2002.

    Over each of the next three seasons, Brazelton would spend time in both the minors and majors, putting forth a completely underwhelming effort before finally being traded to the San Diego Padres in exchange for their own underperforming youngster in Sean Burroughs.

    Brazelton lasted one season with the Padres before he was out of baseball, and he finished his career 8-25 with a 6.38 ERA.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Brazelton

    Gavin Floyd (fourth), Mark Teixeira (fifth) and David Wright (38th).

Texas Rangers: David Clyde (First Overall Pick, 1973)

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    It was virtually impossible to live in Texas in 1973 and not know who David Clyde was.

    Clyde, pitching for Westchester High School in Houston, threw five no-hitters (including two perfect games), making himself a lock to be selected first overall in the 1973 draft by the Texas Rangers, which they did.

    But instead of allowing the teen to go to the minor leagues and get his career as a professional started as most would, Rangers owner Bob Short, in an attempt to boost sagging attendance, wanted Clyde to make two major-league starts before being sent to the minors.

    Two starts turned into two years, and by then the damage was done—Clyde never effective and by 1982 he was out of professional baseball.

    Notable First Round Picks Taken After Clyde

    Robin Yount (third) and Dave Winfield (fourth).

Toronto Blue Jays: Jay Schroeder (Third Overall Pick, 1973)

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    A sought-after quarterback as well as a catcher in high school, Jay Schroeder bypassed college and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays after being taken third overall in the 1979 draft.

    Schroeder spent four seasons in the Blue Jays' minor-league system, never getting higher than Single-A and still with a desire to play football.

    He left the Blue Jays following the 1983 season, enrolled at UCLA, where he became the backup quarterback, and was selected in the 1984 NFL draft after starting only one game in college. He'd play for a decade, making one Pro Bowl and winning one Super Bowl ring.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Schroeder

    Andy Van Slyke (sixth).

Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos: B.J. Wallace (Third Overall Pick, 1992)

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    When the Montreal Expos selected 6'4" left-hander B.J. Wallace out of Mississippi State University, it was considered to be a safe pick.

    They had to pay him, of course, and Wallace got a $550,000 signing bonus from the team, but at the time they believed it to be a worthwhile investment.

    In retrospect, they would have been better off burning the money instead.

    Wallace appeared in 48 minor-league games between 1993 and 1996 for both the Expos and Phillies, never getting above Double-A and he was out of baseball by 1997.

    Notable First-Round Picks Taken After Wallace

    Derek Jeter (sixth), Preston Wilson (ninth), Shannon Stewart (19th), Jason Kendall (23rd) and Johnny Damon (35th).