Biggest MLB Busts Drafted No. 1 Overall

Matt Bush
Text: Andrew Clark,
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Matt Bush

SS/P, Mission Bay HS (CA), 2004

Of the 46 players to be taken first overall in the history of the draft, no one has had as ignominious of a career as Matt Bush.

Bush was a local product who really shouldn't have been drafted so highly to begin with. However, he was cheaper to sign than the alternatives and the two-way prospect gave a hometown discount to the Padres.

Bush's struggles began immediately. He hit just .192 without a home run that year at rookie ball and low-A, and followed it up by hitting .221 at Class A in 2005. He never advanced even to Double-A in the San Diego system and, after being turned into a pitcher in 2007, the Padres finally traded him to Toronto. He didn't play professionally at all in 2008 and 2009 then caught on with the Rays organization, where he pitched in 2010 and 2011, compiling a 4.50 ERA and not ever reaching Triple-A.

While Bush's shortcomings on the field and failure to make the major leagues already make him a strong candidate to earn the distinction of the worst number pick of all-time, it's his long string of transgressions off the field -- starting with his arrest in a bar fight shortly after being drafted -- which cement it.

Oh, and the player the Detroit Tigers took immediately after Bush? Justin Verlander, the reigning American League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player.

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