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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JUPITER, FL – FEBRUARY 22: Kyle Skipworth #74 of the Florida Marlins. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL – FEBRUARY 22: Kyle Skipworth #74 of the Florida Marlins. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) /

3. Kyle Skipworth

In 2008, the Marlins took six-foot-four catcher Kyle Skipworth in the first round of out Patriot HS in Glen Avon, CA. Chosen with the sixth overall selection, Skipworth was envisioned as the second-best catcher in the draft, behind only Buster Posey.

Now, 12 calendar years later, Posey is a fringe Hall of Fame candidate after a nifty-still-active-11-season major league career. He’s a career .302 hitter with 140 homers and a 33 percent career CS rate — which is five percent above the National League average for the same timespan. He was the 2010 N.L. Rookie of the Year, the 2012 N.L. MVP, and a three-time World Series Champion.

Meanwhile, Skipworth was taken one pick later than Posey, and has totaled four major league plate appearances, yielding one walk and zero hits. In 700 games over nine minor league seasons, Skipworth has put together a .211/.278/.381 slash line, along with 97 round-trippers and 330 RBI. Since playing in 35 games for the Cincinnati Reds system in 2016, he hasn’t appeared in a game at any organized level.

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