Major League Baseball holds its first-year player draft every June, but it’s been anything but smooth sailing with the No. 1 overall pick.
Since the MLB began drafting amateur players in 1965, only three have gone from being selected No. 1 to the Hall of Fame: Harold Baines (1977), Ken Griffey Jr. (1988) and Chipper Jones (1990). In that same time span, the NFL has produced nine Hall of Famers who were drafted No. 1 overall while the NBA draft has yielded 14.
No. 1 overall MLB draft picks may have been the cream of the crop as amateurs, but they all learned that the path to MLB stardom can be riddled with potholes.
These players were the biggest busts, and the teams that picked them were left to wonder what might have been if they had picked someone else.
Former MLB utility man Greg Litton, a former first-round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants (No. 10 overall in the 1984 amateur draft), played six seasons in the majors with the Giants, Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox, including going 3-for-6 with a home run in the 1989 World Series against the Oakland A's. Litton shares his takes on our worst No. 1 overall MLB picks and isn't scared to tell us where we may have missed.