1 of 15Walter Iooss Jr., John Iacono/SI; Louis DeLuca/MLB Photos via Getty Images
The second and third days of the MLB Draft may not have had the fanfare of Monday, but that does not mean the players selected in the later rounds are doomed to a career in the minor leagues. In fact, some of the game's greatest players were not drafted until after the 10th round. SI.com looks back at some of the greatest "diamonds in the rough" since the MLB began holding a draft in 1965. 225 different names were called in the 1965 MLB Draft before the New York Mets rang Nolan Ryan's number. Ryan would go on to be arguably the greatest pitcher of the modern era, amassing a record 5,714 strikeouts and pitching seven no-hitters.
2 of 15Heinz Kluetmeier, John Iacono/SI
Keith Hernandez surpassed the Cardinals' expectations when they drafted him in the 42nd round. Hernandez played in the majors for 16 years and won two World Series, 11 Gold Gloves, as well as the 1979 NL co-MVP Award.
3 of 15V.J. Lovero/SI
The Phillies may have found Ryne Sandberg, but it was the Cubs who benefited from his talents. After being traded to Chicago, "Ryno" won nine Gold Gloves, seven Silver Sluggers and one NL MVP Award.
4 of 15Ronald C. Modra, Pier Consagra/SI; Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Nine years after being selected in the 17th round of the 1979 Draft, Orel Hershiser led the Dodgers to the 1988 title. The right-hander, who won the Cy Young Award that year, had two victories in Los Angeles' 4-1 series win over Oakland.
5 of 15John Iacono/SI
Although he may be currently wearing a Dodgers jersey as the team's manager, Mattingly will forever be known as one of the most iconic Yankees of his generation. In his 14 years wearing pinstripes, "Donnie Baseball" played in six All-Star games, won nine Gold Gloves, and was named the 1985 AL MVP. Not bad for being the 493rd overall pick in 1979.
6 of 15Bob Rosato/SI
When Detroit traded 20-year-old John Smoltz to the Braves for pitcher Doyle Alexander in 1987, it looked like the Tigers had gotten a good deal, as Alexander went 9-0 with a 1.53 ERA that year. Smoltz? He went on to win 210 games for the Braves and save 154 more.
7 of 15V.J. Lovero, John Iacono/SI
Of the 1,433 people selected in the 1988 Draft, catcher Mike Piazza was #1390. Piazza, who was drafted by the Dodgers largely because then-manager Tommy Lasorda was friends with the Piazza family, went on to hit more home runs than any catcher in baseball history.
8 of 15John Iacono, John Biever, Damian Strohmeyer, Chuck Solomon/SI
While Jim Thome may have spent time playing for five teams thus far in his career, it was with the team that drafted him -- the Indians -- that the lefty slugger made his name. Thome, who hit 334 home runs for Cleveland, entered the 2011 season just 11 dingers shy of 600.
9 of 15Al Bello/Getty Images; Chuck Solomon, John Iacono/SI
One of the best hitting second basemen of all time, Jeff Kent saw his career take off upon joining the Giants in 1997, eight years after being drafted in the 20th round of the 1989 Draft. He hit 175 home runs in six years in San Francisco and won the 2000 NL MVP Award.
10 of 15Chuck Solomon, Darren Carroll/SI
It's hard to believe that a key part of the great Yankees teams of the 1990's was found in the 22nd round of the 1990 Draft. Pettitte earned five World Series rings with New York and won more games this past decade -- 148 -- than anyone else in the league.
11 of 15Al Tielemans, Heinz Kluetmeier/SI
He may not ever be a Hall of Famer, but Mike Lowell had a far more productive career than his selection in the 20th round of the 1995 Draft might have predicted. Lowell was a four-time All Star and won the 2007 World Series MVP when he was with the Red Sox.
12 of 15John Biever, Bob Rosato/SI
Oswalt, who played more than four seasons in the minor leagues, made a big splash in his rookie year with the Astros, going 14-3 with a 2.73 ERA. The Mississippi native has since made three All-Star appearances and was named the 2005 NLCS MVP.
13 of 15Peter Newcomb\Reuters; Howard Schatz/SI
The first round of the 1999 MLB Draft may have produced stars such as Josh Hamilton and Josh Beckett, but the Cardinals undoubtedly made the best pick that year by choosing Albert Pujols in the 13th round. Through 2010, the nine-time all-star and 2001 NL Rookie of the Year maintained a .331 batting average, .423 on-base percentage, averaged 41 home runs and 123 RBI per season, and won three NL MVP awards.
14 of 15Simon Bruty, Al Tielemans/SI
Pitcher Jake Peavy was picked by the Padres in the 15th round out of high school in 1999. Five years later he went 15-6 with a 2.24 ERA and three seasons after that he won the NL Cy Young Award.
15 of 15Erick W. Rasco, John Iacono/SI
The 2004 AL Rookie of the Year, Bobby Crosby, was a first-round draft pick. The NL winner? He was drafted in the 22nd round. Jason Bay, one of Canada's best hitters of all-time, averages 30 home runs a season and has made three All-Star appearances since his 2003 debut.
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