Top baseball draft picks tend to be immortal flops
More than a dozen mock draft “experts” predicted the Houston Astros would take Stanford pitcher Mark Appel or Appling (GA) High School outfielder Byron Buxton as the top overall pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
But the Astros defied the experts and threw a curveball to open the draft and selected Puerto Rico Baseball Academy 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa with the first pick Monday night.
The selection set the draft into a buzz and pundits into a fury of analysis.
However, that’s the beauty of Major League Baseball’s draft. The No. 1 pick is regularly a surprise and very predictable.
But a 48-year history also tells us that Houston’s selection of Correa carries no guarantees or a lock for success in the big leagues.
Since Monday night, Correa has been compared to New York ...