Chris Heisey is proof that you can still find major league
talent in the later rounds of the draft
Well, we're two days and 15 rounds into the 2012 MLB Draft and most of the highly-touted players on draft boards have been taken, but that doesn't mean there's not a diamond in the rough still waiting out there. The draft will officially conclude on Wednesday, meaning each franchise is digging deep within their scouting department in hopes of landing a hidden gem in rounds 16-40.
To prove to you that such a thing has happened before, here are some of the notable players taken by the Reds in the 15th round or later that went on to have successful careers in the majors:Year Rnd Pick Pos Player Notable career stats
1970 - 19th (447) RHP Pat Zachry 69-67, 3.52 ERA, All-Star, ROY
1976 - 31st (668) RHP Jay Howell 58-53, 3.34 ERA, 568 GP, 155 SV, 3X AS
1978 - 15th (381) SS Gary Redus .252 BA, 90 HR, 352 RBI, 322 SB, 183
1987 - 15th (387) L