Although most of the teams had a prolonged losing period of more than five years, most them improved significantly after that fifth draft as the impact talent began to advance to the majors. The cumulative winning percentage went from .408 in the fifth year to .443 in the sixth season, the final season with a cumulative winning percentage below .500. The next three seasons the winning percentage improved, moving from .507 to .532 to .541.
All but two of the 10 teams went on to make the playoffs, the Cleveland Indians (1970-1975), an organization known for mismanagement during that era, and the Kansas City Royals (1997-2003), whose streak of futility and poor management has been well documented.
|Team||Con. Year||Years||Win. % During Top 10 Pick Years||Win. % Next 5 Years|
|Kansas City Royals||7||1997-2003||.440||.426|
|New York Mets||7||1978-1984||.401||.590|