In 2002, the Pittsburgh Pirates had the first overall pick in the Major League draft. With the pick, the Pirates selected right handed pitcher Bryan Bullington out of Ball State University. Every year since then, during this time period of pre-draft rumors discussing who teams could potentially select, Pirates fans have been searching for the Bullington of each draft.
There's a reason for this. Bullington has ended up as one of the worst number one picks of all time. Even on the day of the draft he was considered a bad pick. The top prospect in the draft was B.J. Upton. The top pitching prospect in the draft was Scott Kazmir. Bullington was the number four prospect in the draft, which is very good, but it was easy to say at the time that he wasn't the best overall player. That was especially apparent when Dave Littlefield made the infamous statement that the Pirates saw Bullington as a future number three starter.
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