Everyone could use do-over now and again. MLB teams certainly are no different, especially when it comes to the draft. A handful of successful picks can set up franchises for years, just as a few seasons of wasted selections can plunge clubs into an indefinite rebuild.
Looking back on the last 10 years, who needs a do-over the most? SI's Emma Baccellieri weighs in.
Read below for the full video transcript:
Madelyn Burke: Hindsight is 20/20, especially when it comes to Major League Baseball drafts. I'm joined now by SI MLB writer Emma Baccellieri and Emma, I know the Major League Baseball staff all took a look at who could have done better. As you pointed out, we all could use a little do-over once in a while, but when looking back at the past decade, who had the worst draft pick of the 2010s?
Emma Baccellieri: Yeah, a pretty clear candidate for this one is the Mariners' second overall pick in 2011. They took Danny Hultzen, which, you know, this really maybe was more bad luck than bad judgment because who knows what would have happened if he'd never gotten hurt. But, you know, when you look at that 2011 first round, you had Francisco Lindor, Anthony Rendon, Javiar Baez, Jose Fernandez, Sonny Gray, Brandon Nimmo, just a lot of incredible talent in that 2011 draft. And Danny Hultzen as the number two pick ended up not really joining any of them.
Madelyn Burke: Found it interesting, too, that pretty much everyone on this MLB staff said that's clearly it and everyone else had to be like, all right, maybe let's find another person to address as well. Emma Baccellieri, thank you so much for the time.