‘Hype’ is an interesting word. In the baseball world, it can be everything, nothing, or both. Hype can pressure a team into a trade, a draft pick, or even a free agent signing. Hype can also be all a major league pitcher ever amounts too (I’m looking at you, Mark Prior). Or maybe hype put them on the map (hello, Joba Chamberlain). Stephen Strasberg showed us what his hype was all about in his major league debut. But regardless of the powers of ‘hype,’ some pitching prospects find a way of fizzling out, or living up to the expedctations. Here are 10 pitching phenoms; some who made it big, and some who were big busts.

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