Late-round picks have found success
Twelve players on Reds' roster taken fourth round or higher
CINCINNATI -- Except to scouts and the players' own family and friends, most later-round picks in the First-Year Player Draft are just random names on a page.
That doesn't mean they're not worth paying attention to. Just wait a few years and you'll see.Almost half of the Reds' current 25-man roster was selected with picks No. 112 and higher. A quick rundown of the 12 players: No one on the Reds epitomizes late-late-round success better than reliever Daniel Herrera. The lefty was a 45th-round selection (1,345th overall) by the Rangers in 2006. He came to the Cincinnati organization with Edinson Volquez in the 2007 trade that sent Josh Hamilton to Texas. Herrera reached the Majors quickly as a June 2008 callup and has been with the team all of this season. Reliever Jared Burton was taken in the eighth round (248th overall) in 2002 by the A's. A Rule 5 pick by the Reds in December 2006, Burton reached the Majors in 2007.
Outfielder Chris Dickerson made his big league debut last season and was a 16th-round pick (471st overall) by the Reds in 2003.
Reliever Carlos Fisher, who debuted in the Majors last month, was the Reds' 11th-round pick (332nd overall) in 2005. Outfielder Jonny Gomes was the Rays' 18th-round (529th overall) selection in 2001 and came up with Tampa Bay by 2003.
Jerry Hairston Jr., taken by the Orioles in the 11th round (345th overall) in 1997, debuted in the big leagues the following season.
Reds ace starter Aaron Harang was a 1999 sixth-round pick by the Rangers (195th overall). He began his big league career with Oakland in 2002. Shortstop Paul Janish, the Reds' fifth-round (138th overall) selection in 2004, made his Major League debut last season.
Reliever Mike Lincoln was taken by the Twins in the 13th round (367th overall) in 1996. Lincoln was pitching for Minnesota in the Majors by 1999. Reliever Nick Masset was picked in the eighth round (244th overall) by the Rangers in 2000 and debuted for Texas in 2006. Another Rangers pick was outfielder Laynce Nix, who was taken in the fourth round (124th overall) in 2000. Nix was in the Majors by 2003. Infielder Adam Rosales was the Reds' 12th-round pick (362nd overall) and worked his way to the Majors by August of last season. After 111 picks on Day 1 -- including the first round, compensation round A, the second round, the third round and Compensation Round B -- the Draft will resume with the fourth round at noon ET on Wednesday and will be tentatively scheduled to go through the 30th round. The Draft will conclude on Thursday with the 31st through 50th rounds, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET. MLB.com's coverage will include a live pick-by-pick audio stream, expert commentary and the exclusive Draft Tracker, a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player, featuring statistics, scouting reports and video highlights. Fans will not only be able to follow along every minute of the way online, but they'll be able to interact directly with Draft-eligible players and MLB.com Draft experts, among others. The Draft Tracker will also feature the addition of Twitter, and the participation of "tweeters" such as MLB.com Draft expert @JonathanMayoB3, who will also be serving as on-air talent for all three days of the Draft; and reporter @LisaWinstonMLB, who will be writing the up-to-the-minute coverage for MLB.com. In addition, MLB.com has created a Twitter account devoted to the Draft, where you can stay updated on every piece of info as it becomes available (@MLBDraft).
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.