Milwaukee Brewers: 5 former prospects from the 2000s lost to history
Do you know who else made the Baseball America Top 100 prospects for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002? It wasn’t just Neugebauer! Mike Jones came in at 84th overall.
Jones was drafted 12th overall by the Brewers in 2001, and performed really well at the Rookie level.
Jones was so hyped that he was rated as the 56th best prospect in baseball in 2003. He climbed the organizational ladder all the way to Double-A in 2004, but suffered a shoulder injury, needed surgery, and lost his 2005 season.
He did come back in 2006, and appeared to have his career back on track. He pitched at two levels, and managed a 2.61 ERA in 58 2/3 innings, despite walking 30, and only striking out 33. Jones returned to Double-A in 2007, hurt his elbow, required Tommy John surgery, and ended his year early.
Jones made it to Triple-A in 2010, but was released in the middle of the season, and retired at the age of 27.