This Is a Man With a Backup Plan After Life as a Yankee Prospect Didn't Work Out, Brandon Weeden Became a Star at Oklahoma State
Brandon Weeden, a 6-foot-5 right-hander with a biting 92 mph fastball and a dancing curve, was the Yankees' first draft pick in 2002. A scout for the team said he had a "lightning-quick arm" and an ideal frame. He signed with the Yankees immediately for $565,000, but then he did what many prospects do—he promptly flamed out.
And then he did something unusual: He became a Heisman Trophy candidate