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Another great article on the MLB.com website lists some of the hidden gems selected in the later rounds of the MLB Draft.
And there are some great names on that list. Hindsight is 20-20 but these are the kind of players whose baseball cards would have yielded the greatest rewards.
Here’s our top 5 from the article:
5) Wade Boggs, 7th Round for the Boston Red Sox (1976)
One of the best pure hitters in the game and in particular at third base. Plus this hall of famer had a nice cameo in The Simpsons.
4) Andre Dawson, 11th Round for the Montreal Expos (1975)
A great combination of power hitting 438 career homeruns and great with the glove in the outfield capturing eight Gold Gloves in total.
3) Jose Canseco, 15th Round for the Oakland Athletics (1982)
Look beyond all the distractions that come with a larger than life personality like Canseco. He was a force during the ’80s with his power and speed at the height of his career by going 40-40.
2) Albert Pujols, 13th Round for the St. Louis Cardinals (1999)
He just hit his 600th homerun and while his career is on the decline, Pujols has already banked some very impressive numbers.
1) Nolan Ryan, 12th Round for the New York Mets (1965)
I wonder what all those teams are thinking now who passed on the all-time strikeout king. Of course, there was no way of knowing the career Ryan ended up having.