Riskier Than They Look

Stephen Strasburg is the latest once-in-a-lifetime pitcher to be draft eligible. Despite the rave reports from scouts, however, history has shown the fragile nature of can't-miss pitchers. Since the advent of the draft in 1965, there have been 199 pitchers among the first 10 selections in the draft. Kevin Brown is the all-time leader in victories among the group, having compiled a 211-144 record, with Dwight Gooden next at 194-112. Only 14 of the 199 have won as many as 125 games. Strasburg is on center stage this year, but here's a list of 10 past pitchers of the draft era who received similar hype for their talent, at least relative to their times:

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