23. Steve Avery
Steve Avery was an absolute prodigy who regrettably peaked at the age of 23. Avery, who was drafted by the Atlanta Braves with the third overall pick in 1988, struggled as a rookie. However, Avery rebounded and flourished in his second-year as a professional. Following a remarkable regular season in 1991, the Michigander enjoyed a storied NLCS that October against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Avery baffled the Pirates’ hitters and was named the series’ MVP. Unfortunately, the 1993 All-Star’s heavy workload as a youngster irreparably damaged his arm. Avery concluded his career with a record of 96-83 and a 4.19 ERA.
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