5 MLB Teams that Always Strike Out on Draft Day
5 Historically Bad Drafting Teams
With the 2013 MLB Draft coming up on Thursday, this is the time where many teams invest much of their future. This year’s draft has a few top prospects that could make an impact on clubs in the near future. The Houston Astros hold the No. 1 overall pick this year and are looking to try and rebuild with their move to the American League. The news surrounding the draft right now is the positive test for Adderall of Jonathan Gray, but come Friday the news will shift to who were the winners and losers of this year’s draft.
Some teams have success with the draft and others simply do not. Some teams take the draft more serious and see it as an integral part of building their team and others do not. Small market teams like the Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals need the draft in order to try and replenish their talent pool and to compete. On the other hand, there are teams like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies who don’t really need the draft and can compete every year because they have the money to spend on free agents and acquire players via trade.
With that being said, every team has had their fair share of draft busts throughout the course of their existence. In this case we will be looking at recent history to determine which five teams always strike out on draft day; meaning which teams seem to choose the wrong player year after year and further hinder their chance to compete for a World Series crown.
5. Milwaukee Brewers
Since 2000, the Milwaukee Brewers have only gotten real production from two of their first round draft picks: Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. Rickie Weeks has mainly been a disappointment throughout his career and other guys like Brett Lawrie are contributing for other ball clubs.
4. Philadelphia Phillies
Needless to say, the Phillies success in recent years has had more to do with free agency and trades than the draft. The last useful pick they have had was Cole Hamels in 2002. The team’s first round picks from ’04,’06 and ‘07 are all on other clubs now and they have not gotten an impact from any other top pick.
3. Baltimore Orioles
Of late, the Baltimore Orioles are starting to turn their misfortunes around regarding the draft with the selections of Matt Wieters, Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy. However, take those three out of the equation and they’ve had a total of two solid picks since 1999: Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis.
2. Kansas City Royals
For years now the Royals have been trying to rebuild and get back to the playoffs. They are not helping their own case by missing so many times with high picks in the draft. Jimmy Gobble, Mike Macdougal, Mitch Maier and Luke Hochevar are a few. Luckily Alex Gordon has turned his career around and become a very solid player, but if other top picks Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas don’t start performing they will join the longer list rather than the one with Gordon.
1. San Diego Padres
There isn’t a team that has more draft busts and done less with so many picks than the San Diego Padres. Starting with Sean Burroughs in 1998, a long list of players that never panned out begins to take shape. It includes Khalil Greene, Matt Bush and Donavan Tate, as well as many other players no one has heard of because they never made it.