In the 1993 MLB Amateur Draft, the San Diego Padres used their first pick on a first baseman named Derrek Lee. You've probably heard of him.
You probably haven't heard of their second pick that season, a high-school pitcher out of Lakeside, California by the name of Matthew LaChappa. A full-blooded American Indian by heritage (his father is head of the Viejas band of the Kumeyaay tribe), LaChappa had a nasty fastball and two types of curveball. He was projected as a possible #2 or #3 starter in the major leagues.
LaChappa never reached the bigs. In fact, he didn't get past Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Find out why Matt LaChappa's career was so suddenly cut short, and why he's still earning a paycheck from the San Diego Padres. It's quite possibly the noblest thing they do.