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MLB - US Sports: Five Draft stars who failed to deliver

Getting your scouting done correctly is so important when it comes to Draft picks and not making the right choice can prove to be a huge blow.

You don't want to be left with egg on your face after you have done all the due diligence on what you thought was the next best thing.

Here are five examples of the mistakes you can make when picking for the MLB Draft in any given year.

Luke Hochevar - Kansas City Royals

In 2006, the Royals picked Luke Hochevar as the number one pick in the draft. They decided to pass on future stars such as Evan Longoria, Max Scherzer, Tim Lincecum and even Clayton Kershaw to make Hochevar their first choice.

However things didn't turn out so great for the starter. After he made his MLB debut he struggled in posting a combined 6.06 ERA in 47 starts.

Hochevar eventually moved to the bullpen in 2013 whereupon he excelled and he won two games in the post-season in 2015 and won a World Series ring.

The following season injury struck Hochevar who required thoracic outlet surgery, he tried rehabilitation over the next two seasons, but was unsuccessful and retired in August 2018.

Phil Nevin - Houston Astros

Now there was nothing really wrong with Phil Nevin's MLB career. He played for 12 seasons and he hit 208 home runs.

The issue is, also up against him in the Draft was a young shortstop from Michigan called Derek Jeter. The Astros had been lobbying hard to take Jeter as their number one pick, but they declined and took Nevin instead, allowing Jeter to move to the New York Yankees as the number six pick.

Speaking to Newsday in 2014, Astros' General Manager Bill Wood said: "Five of us geniuses passed him over."

To add this to context. Jeter ended up playing 20 seasons and is highly regarded as one of the best shortstops Baseball has ever produced, winning five World Series rings.

B.J. Surhoff - Milwaukee Brewers

Again we add that B.J. Surhoff wasn't a bad player, he reached All-Star status in 1999, but that was the pinnacle.

In the draft in 1985 was Will Clark at number two, Barry Larkin at number four. Also in the first round was Randy Johnson, who went in the second round. John Smoltz later went in the 22nd round.

The number six pick in the first round was Arizona State outfielder Barry Bonds, who was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Twenty-two years later, Bonds ended with a record 762 home runs and more WAR than any other player not named Babe Ruth.

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Tim Belcher - Minnesota Twins

Tim Belcher had a solid major league career. He pitched for 14 seasons, notably on the pitching staff of the great Los Angeles Dodgers team of the 1980s.

Sadly, this is what the Minnesota Twins wanted when they picked him as their number one pick in 1983.

They fell short when they were unwilling to sign him for the going rate, which was $100,000 roughly. The Twins were offering nowhere near that and so baulked at the deal.

Belcher was picked up in the January 1984 draft by the New York Yankees, he later went to the Dodgers in 1987 and his career took off from there.

Sadly also in the draft, from Minnesota's point of view, was a hard-throwing right hander called Roger Clemens, who was picked by the Boston Red Sox at number 19 in the first round.

Clemens went on to win seven Cy Young Awards and become one of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history.

Steve Chilcott - New York Mets

Steve Chilcott was chosen as a number one pick in the first round and never made it to the majors, although his story is more of a hard luck one than anything but talent.

The Mets chose the high school catcher in the 1966 draft. All was going well, however in 1967 he was diving back in to second base following a pick-off attempt and injured his right shoulder badly enough to end his season.

Chilcott's injury was sufficient that he never made it to the big leagues and ended up playing for five seasons in the minor leagues before calling it time in 1972.

The person that went as the number two pick was none other than Reggie Jackson, 'Mr October' went on to obtain five World Series rings and hit 563 home runs in a 21-year career.

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