The MLB First-Year Player Draft is an exciting time for rookies. Like with any other sport, everybody talks about the high draft choices, but there are also plenty of late run gems to be found. In fact, you could put together entire hall of fame ballots based on late round selections who proved to be better than their billing.
For now though, we will focus on 12 unique names. Each one of these men were selected in 12th round or later, the ultimate definition of the late round draft gem. These men all posted some remarkable WARs (Wins Above Replacement) in their careers, and most of them are in the Hall of Fame.
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1st – WG Grace
Put cricket on the map for England: 54,211 first-class runs, including 124 centuries, and took 2,809 wickets and 876 catches. Image Source: Twitter
7th – Bobby Moore
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11th – Dame Kelly Holmes
Hard to believe it's almost 13 years since those heartwarming scenes in Athens. Image Source: Twitter
6th – Jonny Wilkinson
The moment English clocks stopped. Image Source: Twitter
4th – Lewis Hamilton
The F1 driver's attitude may rub people up the wrong way. But no one can argue it doesn't bring about results. Image Source: Twitter
13th – Sir Roger Bannister
The first man ever to run a mile in less than four minutes. Image Source: Twitter
This is a perfect example of why I am draft first, free agency maybe never, especially in 2017, where you can’t just go out and buy players. You must grow your own in this day and age.