MLB Draft: Late Round Gems

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Tonight marks the first evening of the 2014 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. The Indians will select 21st while the Pirates will make their first round choice at 24. Over the past thirty years, the Indians and Bucs have hit on many first round selections. Cleveland has taken C.C. Sabathia, Charles Nagy and Greg Swindell all in the opening round. The Bucs have chosen the likes of Andrew McCutchen, Jason Kendell and Barry Bonds in the first round.

However a draft is not won or lost in the first round alone. Many teams have found gems in the later rounds. Cleveland and Pittsburgh are no strangers to finding gold in day two or even three of the selection process.

Cleveland’s Late Round Gems
2011 – 23rd round (698) – Cody Allen, P/High Point
2006 – 20th round (611) – Vinnie Pestano, P/Cal St. Fullerton
2002 – 33rd round (994) – Jensen Lewis, P/Cincinnati Anderson High School
1993 – 24th round (671) – Richie Sexson, 1B/Prairie High School (WA)
2989 – 13th round (333) – Jim Thome, SS/Illinois Central College
1989 – 17th round (437) – Brian Giles, OF/Granite Hills High School (CA)
1987 – 16th round (411) – Steve Olin, P/Portland State

Pittsburgh’s Late Round Gems
2002 – 33rd round (973) – Nyjer Morgan, OF/Walla Walla Community College
2001 – 20th round (594) – Zach Duke, P/Midway High School (TX)
2000 – 20th round (599) – Jose Bautista, 3B/Chipola College
2000 – 25th round (749) – Nate McLouth, 2B/Whitehall High School (MI)
2000 – 26th round (779) – Ian Snell, P/Caesar Rodney High School (DE)
1997 – 30th round (902) – Mike Gonzalez, P/San Jacinto College
1996 – 53rd round (1499) – Rob Mackowiak, SS/South Suburban College
1992 – 47th round (1323) – Marc Wilkins, P/Toledo
1988 – 18th round (460) – Randy Tomlin, P/Liberty

Cincinnati’s Latest Late Round Gem
2006 – 17th round (504) – Chris Heisey, OF/Messiah College

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