Originally written on North Side Notch  |  Last updated 10/13/14
Six. That’s the number of top ten draft picks since 2000 who ultimately never reached a deal with the team who drafted them. One. That’s how many of those six players did not accept a deal and returned to college ball their senior year. That one guy is Mark Appel. Each of the previous players who failed to sign with their teams were in totally different scenarios. In 2000, which may be the most famous of all cases, the Colorado Rockies selected Matt Harrington with the #7 overall pick. Harrington was looking for a signing bonus of $4.95 million, but the Rockies final offer was for $4 million. He had just graduated from high school and was seen as one of the top talents in the draft. But instead of going to college, Harrington simply sat out a year. He then got picked 58th overall in 2001 and declined a $1.2 million deal. After playing Independent League ball and being drafted another three times over the next three years without signing, his career was basically over. In 2004, the O...
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