Oct 23, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista hits a two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals in the 8th inning in game six of the ALCS at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Remember how the Kansas City Royals, for a brief point in time, had Jose Bautista? Yes, the bat flipping, power hitting outfielder for the Blue Jays had been a member of the Royals, before he was traded to the New York Mets. The return for Bautista was a former top prospect named Justin Huber.
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At the time, it seemed like a decent haul. Huber had been rated as the 66th best prospect in baseball the year before, so it appeared that the Royals had gotten a steal. Instead, while Huber was rated a top 100 prospect again prior to the 2006 season, he never lived up to expectations.
Huber lasted for parts of three seasons for the Royals, appearing in a total of 38 games. In his 106 plate appearances, Huber posted a .204/.255/.245 batting line, striking out 26 times. In fact, he had more strikeouts than total bases (24) during his time in a Royals uniform.
Only 33 years old, Huber has not been in the majors since a one game stint with the Twins in 2009, and has played overseas ever since. Normally, he would just be another top prospect that flamed out, but the Royals trading Bautista for him only highlights his place on this list.
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