The Yankees were bad in the late 80’s and early 90’s, but it helped them get the 1st overall pick in the draft with which they selected Brien Taylor. He was supposed to be Doc Gooden amazing, but in the end his career was even shorter than the troubled former Met.
Taylor went from a kid who could reach 99 mph in high school and the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball to a walking shoulder injury in a little over two years. Scott Boras said that in his 28 years, Taylor was the best high school pitcher he had ever seen.
Why do I bring this up? Because Mike Axisa wrote a great article recounting the entire story today for FanGraphs that is definitely worth a read. It’s a good reminder than even the best prospects don’t always work out the way you envision them.