Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Best late-round draftees in Reds history

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) LHP  Butch Henry 33-33, 3.83 ERA, 148 GP, 621 IP
1998 - 41st  (1220) RHP  Todd Coffey 24-18, 4.08 ERA, 438 GP, 419 IP
1998 - 17th  (500) LHP  B.J. Ryan    21-28, 3.37 ERA, 117 SV, 560 GP, 2X AS
2003 - 16th  (471) OF    Chris Dickerson .266 BA, 233 GP, 9 HR, 42 RBI
2005 - 42nd (1259) RHP John Axford 10-4, 2.26 ERA, 139 SV*
2006 - 17th  (504) OF  Chris Heisey  .254 BA, 26 HR, 71 RBI, 217 GP

* Did not sign

2 comments:

Vintage Red Follower said...

Wasn't Ken Griffey Sr. picked in something like the 23rd round in the early 70's by the Reds

Jimmi Adair said...

Pretty close. He was drafted in the 29th round of the 1969 Draft. Obviously, he was accidentally overlooked when making this post.