|Bottom 3: Bearish on Bullington||09.24.08 at 5:31 pm ET|
J.D. Drew just singled to Indians second baseman Josh Barfield to lead off the bottom of the third. He was immediately replaced by pinch-runner Jonathan Van Every.
Drew’s hit came against Bryan Bullington, a pitcher whom the Indians plucked off of waivers from the Pirates earlier this year. The 27-year-old Bullington occupies a spot on the short list of all-time draft busts. Pittsburgh selected him as the top overall pick of the 2002 draft, ahead of such talents as Prince Fielder, B.J. Upton, Scott Kazmir, Cole Hamels, Zack Greinke and Matt Cain, among others. The Pirates signed the right-hander to a $4 million bonus. For that, Pittsburgh received just 18.1 big-league innings before designating the 6-foot-4 right-hander for assignment this summer.
The only No. 1 overall pick this decade in Bullington’s bust class is Matthew Bush, a shortstop out of the San Diego area whom the Padres selected with the top pick of the 2004 draft.
Bush was arrested two weeks after he was selected. He went on to hit .219 with a .292 OBP and .276 slugging mark in four pro seasons in the Padres system. Following his struggles, the Padres converted Bush to a pitcher in 2007. He showed promise, striking out 16 in 7.2 innings (against much younger competition), but then blew out and required Tommy John surgery.
When teams describe baseball’s draft as an imperfect science, they have players like Bullington and Bush in mind.
- Cup of Coffee: Bradley, Holt shine in PawSox loss
- Xander Bogaerts, Portland to headline Futures at Fenway
- SoxProspects Video of the Week: Matt Barnes
- Cup of Coffee: Henry, Diaz propel Pawtucket to blowout victory
- Cup of Coffee: Spring's walk-off grand slam lifts Portland
- Bradley: "Everything's back to normal"
- Cup of Coffee: PawSox, Drive produce walk-off wins
- PawSox activate Jackie Bradley, Jr. from disabled list
- Weekly Notes: De La Rosa, Betts take center stage
- Cup of Coffee: Shaw leads 18-hit attack in Sea Dogs rout