8 of MLB’s Biggest Draft Busts Since 2010

Tim Kelly
June 05, 2020 - 11:03 am
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It would be unfair to call Pittsburgh Pirates' righty Jameson Tallion a bust. However, it would be fair to assume that the Pirates would like a mulligan on the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft.

With Manny Machado, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Sale and Christian Yelich among the future MLB stars still left on the board, the Pirates elected to take Tallion with the draft's second pick, a selection after the Washington Nationals took Bryce Harper.

Between the 2017 and 2018 seasons, it appeared that Tallion would pan out as a front-line major-league starter, as he was worth a combined 7.1 fWAR. Unfortunately, he posted a 4.10 ERA in seven starts in 2019 and eventually had Tommy John surgery in August of 2019. Not only did that end his 2019 season, but it put his chances of pitching at all in 2020 in doubt as well.

There's a very real chance that Tallion will be 29 the next time he takes the mound in a major-league game. There's still plenty of time for him to pan out, but his chances of topping - or even approaching - the career success of the quartet mentioned above seem slim.

While we're careful not to refer to Tallion as a bust, these eight - at least to this point - do fall into that category as some of the least successful MLB Draft selections of the last decade:

Michael Choice's major league career didn't work out. Photo credit (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Danny Hultzen was a former first-round pick by the Mariners. Photo credit (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today)
Gavin Cecchini didn't pan out with the Mets. Photo credit (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Mark Appel is no longer playing professional baseball. Photo credit (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
The Astros drafted Brady Aiken with the No. 1 overall pick. Photo credit (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Cornelius Randolph is a former first-round pick by the Phillies. Photo credit (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today)
Nick Plummer's career hasn't played out like the Cardinals hoped thus far. Photo credit (Steve Mitchell/USA Today)
To this point, Hunter Greene's career hasn't played out like the Reds hoped. Photo credit (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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