- Jim Bowden, Baseball, Insider
Setting expectations is one thing. Meeting them is another.
For first-round picks and even players who experience some success very early in their careers, those expectations can get out of hand, especially with teams that have experienced little success themselves. The players become the organization’s life preserver to a certain extent and the expectations can grow to unrealistic proportions. For the following five players, the hope didn’t meet the hype, and in time, they’ve shown to be less than what everyone -- fair or not -- originally expected. Point is, it's time for folks to stop thinking these guys are going to get better; they are who they are.
For the most part, the Royals have done a tremendous job with their first-round selections in recent years, including Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. However, teams will miss on players. It’s especially pointed if you miss with the first overall pick when players like Evan Longoria, Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum are on the board, which was the case during the 2006 draft.