Worst First? Miami Marlins Biggest First Round Mistakes

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14: Josh Booty #12 of the Cleveland Browns looks on before a football game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Stadium on September 14, 2003 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14: Josh Booty #12 of the Cleveland Browns looks on before a football game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Stadium on September 14, 2003 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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21 Feb 1998: Aaron Akin of the Florida Marlins. Mandatory Credit: Craig Melvin /Allsport /

6. Aaron Akin

Way back in 1997, the Florida Marlins took right-handed pitcher Aaron Akin in the first round with the 12th overall selection. That year, seven out of Florida’s 58 players taken in the draft would eventually graduate to the majors. Only Cliff Lee (eighth round, 43.2 WAR) and Andres Torres (23rd round, 7.8 WAR) would post a career WAR figure above 1.0 from that draft class.

Akin was not one of the seven to make it to the majors. He spent four seasons in the Marlins low minor league affiliate system. With the High-A Brevard County Manatees for two seasons in 1999 and 2000, he was 8-16 with a 4.76 ERA and 106 K’s in 191 frames.

As part of the Berkshire Black Bears, in the independent Northern League East in 2002, Akin started nine games and posted an 0-7 record with a 5.21 ERA. He did not again make an appearance in professional baseball.

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