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  1. BTW, Ranaudo never gave the Rangers a chance to sign him. He really wanted to play for LSU and Pomeranz backed out of a deal at the very last minute on deadline day.

    Comment by Adam — June 3, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

  2. 2011 future first rounder Zach Cone is also an Angels original draftee.

    Comment by Andrew — June 3, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

  3. As a bonus, the Los Angaheims also placed Bobby Jenks on waivers, having him snatched up and made into a closer by the White Sox.

    Comment by Sour Bob — June 3, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

  4. Doesn’t this reflect draft strategy. If you are always going for players that are HS kids with big upsides and commitments in hand this situation will occur. Only one of those players were picked before the 7th round.

    Sure it’s disappointing but hardly surprising.

    Comment by BJsWorld — June 4, 2010 @ 12:27 am

  5. In 2006 A’s drafted 7th round mike leake who opted for college at arizona state

    Comment by MLBfan — June 4, 2010 @ 3:55 am

  6. Couple of thoughts.

    Can we truly consider Bobby Crosby, one who got away? I mean aside from 2004-2005, he has been pretty putrid. I think he’s been below replacement for two years now.

    Also on Smoak, the Oakland A’s fan in me cries over him choosing college over a 950K bonus. Damn him all to hell.

    Comment by Narra — June 4, 2010 @ 7:58 am

  7. Of course there’s another version of “the one that got away” — the future superstars who were drafted (by others) lower than the “sure thing” guys who turned out to be busts. But even if you restricted yourself to just first-round busts, that list would be huge for every team.

    Comment by joser — June 4, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

  8. What about Brandon Morrow for the Angels? They drafted him in 2003 but he went to Cal instead.

    Comment by John — June 7, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

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