The late round of the MLB Draft are never that exciting, with most teams using their selections to fill out their minor league rosters with players who have no shot of the big leagues.
However, that doesn't mean we should ignore the late rounds altogether. Keith Hernandez (42nd round), Jason Isringhausen and, of course, Mike Piazza (62nd round) have taught us that. With that in mind, let's check out the notable selections of rounds 26 through 50 and who the diamonds in the rough might be. One thing's for sure: There were a couple of picks that will make Scott Boras very happy.
• The Washington Nationals selected right-hander Bryan Harper, the older brother of star prospect Bryce Harper, in round 30. He impressed scouts last spring as Bryce's teammate at College of Southern Nevada, touching the low-90s with his fastball.
• Milwaukee selected Trent Boras at No. 911 overall. The left-handed hitting third baseman is the son of agent Scott Boras. Trent's brother Shane was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 38th round. Shane is a second baseman out of the University of Southern California.
• The Angels selected Arizona catcher Jett Bandy in round 31, which is really only notable because the club used Mike Napoli at catcher, DH and first base for five years before trading the veteran last off-season. When I asked a scout to describe Bandy in three words and then toss a big-league player comp on him, the reply was: "Slow. Strong. Slow ... Mike Napoli lite."
• The Cardinals' 31st rounder, right-hander Kevin Jacobs out of Georgia Tech, was a potential first-day selection a year ago before a shoulder injury derailed his trek to draft day. His velocity has dipped from the mid-90s (he even touched 98 at one point) to the low 90s but the Cards could benefit from his recovery. In round 36, The Cardinals drafted Jordan Rasmus, a catcher from Liberty University and brother of center fielder Colby Rasmus.
• The Braves drafted right-hander Matt Kimbrel, the younger brother of closer Craig Kimbrel.
• The feel-good story of the draft occurred when the Texas Rangers selected University of Georgia outfielder Jonathan Taylor. Taylor was partially paralyzed back in March when he collided with teammate Zach Cone in a game. Cone was also taken by the Rangers, but in the second round.
• The Detroit Tigers selected catcher Tucker Chadd, the son of scouting director David Chadd, in the 42nd round, and Nick Avila, the youngest son of assistant GM Al Avila, and brother of starting catcher Alex Aliva. Nick is a right-handed pitcher the club snagged in round 37.
• Colorado tabbed the son of Bobby Bonilla in the same round. Brandon is a left-handed pitchers from The Pendleton School and has some projection in his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame.
• The National selected a legitimate major league pitching prospect in Stanford southpaw Brett Mooneyham in the 38th round. The Scott Boras client had Tommy John surgery and missed the season and is likely headed back to school. A seven-figure bonus, or something close, may get him to skip his fourth year at Stanford. He started the spring with a chance of going in the first couple of rounds.
• Also in the 38th round, the Cubs selected Ricky Jacquez, an undersized right-hander out of Franklin High School in Texas. His arm speed helped him touch the mid-90s this spring, but he's just 5-foot-9 and being drafted this late likely means he's headed to college.
• Philadelphia's 41st round pick, Austin Dicharry, is a right-hander from the University of Texas that didn't pitch much this spring but has some upside as a mid-rotation starter or late-inning reliever. The Phillies took second baseman Andrew Amaro in the 47th round. Amaro is the son of the club's GM Ruben Amaro.
• Arizona and Oakland joined the trend by selecting the sons of former major league players in round 42. The Diamondbacks tabbed Tyler Bream, a third baseman from Liberty and son of former Braves and Pirates first baseman Sid Bream. The A's drafted Brett Geren, who followed in father and field manager Bob's footsteps as a backstop.
• The Los Angeles Angels selected manager Mike Scioscia's son Matt, a catcher like his father, in the 45th round and Toronto made right-hander Shane Ferrell, whose father John is in his first year managing the big-league club. The Jays also selected bench coach Don Wakamatsu's son Jacob, a left-handed hitting outfielder, two rounds later.
• Tampa took Maris left-hander Brandon Leibrandt in the 49th round and Seattle selected Andrew Grifol 16 picks earlier. Leibrandt's father, Charlie, pitched for 14 seasons in the big leagues. Grifol's older brother Pedro is the player development director for the Mariners.
• Texas's pick of right-hander Kevin Moriarty in the 48th round could turn interesting if the club chooses to open its checkbook. Moriarty is projectable at 6-foot-5 and his stock went up as the spring progressed but he entered the draft as a very tough sign. He's committed to Gonzaga and could be a first-round pick in 2014. Some believed Cleveland might take Moriarty somewhere on Day 2 and pay him over slot because his father is an associate scout with the Indians.
• Baseball's version of Mr. Irrelevant is Phillies 50th rounder Koyla Stephenson, a right-handed pitcher out of Ocean City (N.J.). He was the 1,530th pick of the draft.