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Bucs can find gems in late Draft rounds

Bucs can find gems in late Draft rounds

ATLANTA -- Though every year, much is made about the players selected in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft, it's often in the later rounds where gems are found. As general manager Neal Huntington put it on Tuesday after making Boston College catcher Tony Sanchez the Pirates' first-round pick, "All-Stars come out of all parts of the Draft."

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You don't have to venture far to find proof of that point, as 18 players on the Pirates' 25-man roster were chosen after the third round of the Draft, which is where this Draft picks up on Wednesday. That includes the likes of Nyjer Morgan (973rd overall pick), Ian Snell (779th pick) and Andy LaRoche (1,171st overall pick).

"If you get drafted in a late round, it doesn't necessarily mean that you're not better than someone who got drafted in the first round," Snell said. "When I got drafted in the 26th round, my mom said, 'Just go out there and do your best and show them that you could have been a first-round pick.' That's what I do."

After 111 picks on Day 1 -- including Round One, Compensation Round A, Round Two, Round Three and Compensation Round B -- the Draft will resume with exclusive coverage on MLB.com 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).

Here's a list of current Pirates selected in the fourth round and beyond.

RHP Matt Capps: Selected by the Pirates with the 193rd pick in 2002; made Major League debut with Pirates in 2005

RHP Jesse Chavez: Selected by the Rangers with the 1,252nd pick in 2002; made Major League debut with Pirates in 2008

LHP Zach Duke: Selected by the Pirates with the 594th pick in 2001; made Major League debut with Pirates in 2005

RHP Steven Jackson: Selected by the D-backs with the 296th pick in 2004; made Major League debut with Pirates in 2009

RHP Jeff Karstens: Selected by the Yankees with the 574th pick in 2003; made Major League debut with Yankees in 2006

RHP Evan Meek: Selected by the Twins with the 332nd pick in 2002; made Major League debut with Pirates in 2008

RHP Ross Ohlendorf: Selected by the D-backs with the 116th pick in 2004; made Major League debut with Yankees in 2007

RHP Ian Snell: Selected by the Pirates with the 779th pick in 2000; made Major League with Pirates in 2004

INF Adam LaRoche: Selected by the Braves with the 880th pick in 2000; made Major League debut with Braves in 2004

INF Andy LaRoche: Selected by the Dodgers with the 1,171st pick in 2003; made Major League debut with Dodgers in 2007

INF Freddy Sanchez: Selected by the Red Sox with the 332nd pick in 2000; made Major League debut with Red Sox in 2002

INF Ramon Vazquez: Selected by the Mariners with the 734th pick in 1995; made Major League debut with Mariners in 2001

INF Jack Wilson: Selected by the Cardinals with the 258th pick in 1998; made Major League debut with Pirates in 2001

INF/OF Eric Hinske: Selected by the Cubs with the 496th pick in 1998; made Major League debut Blue Jays in 2002

OF Craig Monroe: Selected by the Rangers with the 206th pick in 1995; made Major League debut with Rangers in 2001

OF Nyjer Morgan: Selected by the Pirates with the 973rd pick in 2002; made Major League debut with Pirates in 2007

OF Brandon Moss: Selected by the Red Sox with the 238th pick in 2002; made Major League debut with Red Sox in 2007

OF Delwyn Young: Selected by the Dodgers with the 121st pick in 2002; made Major League debut with Dodgers in 2006

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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