Chicago Sun-Times
with sports reporters Chris De Luca and Gordon Wittenmyer

Cubs' swings and misses with top draft picks

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Thursday's No. 2 overall draft pick for the Cubs could be the most significant in franchise history, given the Theo Epstein rebuilding project underway.

How the Cubs' previous top-5 overall picks have fared, including Joe Carter - the guy on the list with the best big-league career but who never played a game of it for the Cubs:

3B Josh Vitters (3), 2007 On DL at AAA; .121, 33 Ks, 38g

RHP Mark Prior (2), 2001 All-Star in '03 before derailed by injuries

SS Luis Montanez (3), 2000 .223 in 129g as OF since '08 debut with Orioles

OF Corey Patterson (3), 1998 Symbol for overhyped Cubs prospects (.252 career)

RHP Kerry Wood (4), 1995 RoY and 2-time All-Star had HoF look until injuries

RHP Mike Harkey (4), 1987 Cubs passed on J.McDowell (5) and K.Appier (9)

SS Shawon Dunston (1), 1982 2-time All-Star, longtime Wrigley favorite

OF Joe Carter (2), 1981 4-time All-Star traded in '84 Sutcliffe deal

OF Brian Rosinski (4), 1975 Local kid never got to big leagues

SS Terry Hughes (2), 1967 54 career big-league games (2 w/ Cubs)

RHP Dean Burk (5, 1966 Downstate kid never made big leagues

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Joe Carter played 23 games for the Cubs in 1983.

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