The Dodgers have a long history of drafting and developing young talent. However, even a premier franchise like the Dodgers swings and misses on a few prospects. A couple of weeks ago, we posted a poll asking who fans believe is LA’s biggest prospect of all-time.
Which one of these former Dodgers top prospects was the biggest bust?
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Back in 2001, the Dodgers paid the Dominican prospect a then record $2.15M signing bonus. The 6’7″ third baseman posted a .826 OPS between Jacksonville (Double-A) and Vero Beach (High-A) in 2005. Unfortunately, that’s as good as things ever got for Guzmán. He was called up in 2006 and played just eight games in the majors (.211 BA) before being traded to Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays for infielder Julio Lugo that same year.
DeWitt was LA’s firs-round pick in the 2004 draft. Four years later, he was LA’s Opening Day starter at third base. The front office thought so highly of him that he started all eight of the Dodgers playoff games in 2008 where he hit .167. DeWitt played 230 games for the Dodgers (94 OPS+) before being traded to the Cubs in the deal that brought starting pitcher Ted Lilly to LA.
The Dodgers didn’t spend a first-round pick on LaRoche. Far from it – LaRoche was LA’s 39th round pick in the 2003 draft. That being said, expectations were sky-high for LaRoche once he became the number two overall prospect in the system behind some guy named Clayton Kershaw.
The third baseman was supposed to be a power bat. He wound up hitting three home runs and six doubles in 184 PAs in the bigs. LaRoche was shipped to Pittsburgh in the three-team trade that brought Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers.
The editor’s pick, and the people’s choice, for biggest prospect bust of all-time for the Dodgers. Driefort was selected second overall in 1993 – one spot behind shortstop Alex Rodriguez. The promising pitcher was supposed to be the Dodgers ace for the next decade. Instead, Driefort underwent a reported 22 surgeries over his nine-year career and finished with a 4.36 ERA.
Let us know in the comments who you believe is the Dodgers biggest prospect bust!
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