Toronto Blue Jays: The 10 worst first-round picks since 2000

Which former Blue Jays' first-round draft picks do they regret taking over the past 23 years?
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2011 – RHP Tyler Beede (21st)

Notable players passed over: Kolten Wong (22nd), Trevor Story (45th), Blake Snell (52nd)

For the year 2011, this represented the second time in three years in which the Jays failed to sign their first-round pick. Not being able to do so is equivalent to having a wasted first round pick that year as if it never happened. But doing it two times in a span of three years could really hold back an organization for a while, especially for a team that was hungry and desperate in getting back into contending status, led by the hitting beasts José Bautista and Edwin Encarnación.

In the 2011 MLB Draft, the Jays went with pitcher Tyler Beede out of Lawrence Academy High School, despite knowing the fact that Beede was most likely committed to going to college already. The Jays took a big gamble, and lost badly as Beede went on to attend Vanderbilt University instead and was later taken in the first round in the 2014 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants.

By doing so, the Jays passed over future NL Gold Glover Kolten Wong, future Silver Slugger Trevor Story, along with future AL 2018 Cy Young winner Blake Snell in the process. That is quite the tough pill to swallow, but at least the Jays definitely felt a lot better when they happened to use their compensatory pick for not signing Beede on some unknown, upcoming bulldog prospect named Marcus Stroman in 2012. One would have to admit that luck was definitely on their side when they happened to land Stroman with their 22nd overall pick in 2012, but not every time one could be that fortunate, as can be seen a little later on our list.