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Failed Prospect: Josh Girdley

Girdley appears to have been one of those first-round draft picks that just never panned out; he was apparently a signability pick who was further limited by injury. He was out of baseball by 2004, at age 23, leaving with a lousy 7-15 minor league record and 4.10 career ERA, never advancing past High A.

1999 Bowman

1999 Bowman

1999 Topps Traded

1999 Topps Traded

1999 Topps Traded Chrome

1999 Topps Traded Chrome

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Failed Prospect: Josh McKinley

1999 Topps Traded
1999 Topps Traded

We haven’t done one of these in awhile, so why not? McKinley was the Expos’ first choice in the 1998 draft, so big things were expected of the guy. It seems he was a pretty well-regarded amateur player who played with Austin Kearns and Michael Cuddyer in the 1997 World Junior Championships. Unfortunately, it seems that he couldn’t hit in the minors. At all. His highest OPS was a SLG-heavy .834 in 2003.

He never made the majors, and was retired by age 24. So, yeah, a wasted pick. Oh, and I also have the chrome version of this card:

McKinley Chrome

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