We're ready to take you out to the ball game with this quiz! Think you have what it takes to recognize these baseball players selected past the 10th round? It's time to step into the batter's box and see if you can hit this one out of the park!
From high school to junior college, college and beyond, no matter their age, more than 1,000 ballplayers are drafted every single year! And with up to 40 rounds in the draft, the majority of them are selected after the 10th round!
But drafting in Major League Baseball differs largely from other professional sports. After being signing, bonus and all, it could be years before a player actually makes their major league debut! It is more common that a young player is drafted on their raw and often underdeveloped talent. They are then watched, trained and guided over the next several years through camps and the minor league until the next most exciting moment of their career comes. The call up from the big league!
So now we want to know, are you fast enough, strong enough and smart enough to name these players? They may have been selected later in the game, but you have to get an early start if you want to ace this one!
Greg Holland was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 10th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft. As a relief pitcher, he has been had 189 saves and 547 strikeouts thus far in his career. He is also a 2015 World Series champion!
Did you know that Adam Duvall was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 11th round of the 2010 draft? It wasn't until June 26, 2014 that he was called up to the majors for his first game, but he quickly became an All-Star in 2016.
Drafted in the 12th round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Stephen Vogt was the 365th overall pick of the 2007 MLB draft. He played in the minors for more than five years before he made his debut with the Rays on April 6, 2012.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Albert Pujols was drafted in the 13th round of the 1999 MLB draft. He has since gone on to have a incredibly successful career as a two-time World Series champion, three-time NL MVP, six-time Silver Slugger recipient and member of the 500 home run club.
Dexter Fowler was drafted in the 14th round of the 2004 draft by the Colorado Rockies. Did you know that he was selected to represent the United States in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing?
Chris Carter was drafted as a first baseman and outfielder by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 17th round of the 2004 MLB draft. It would be four years before he made his debut, which he made on June 5, 2008 for the Boston Red Sox!
Although he was originally committed to play college baseball for the University of Arizona, Tommy Pham was drafted to the major leagues by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 16th round of the 2006 draft. He currently plays for the Tampa Bay Rays and has a career batting average of .279.
Did you know that Ian Kinsler was selected out of high school in the 29th round of the 2000 MLB draft? He opted not to play however, to give college a shot. The very next year, he was drafted again, but again declined in order to continue improving his game in college. For the third time, he was drafted, and this time signed, with the Texas Rangers in the 17th round of the 2003 draft.
Mark Trumbo was selected by the Anaheim Angels in the 18th round of the 2004 MLB draft. He made his debut on Sept. 11, 2010, was the MLB home run leader in 2016 and is currently a member of the Baltimore Orioles.
Adam Eaton was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 19th round of the 2010 MLB draft. Today he has a career record of 66 stolen bases, 223 runs batted in and 42 home runs!
Did you know that Jose Bautista was drafted in the 20th round of the 2000 MLB draft? Nearly 18 years later, Bautista has a record of 1,496 hits and 344 home runs. He is a six-time All Star and three-time Silver Slugger award winner!
Born in Lubbock, Texas, AJ Ramos was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 21st round of the 2009 draft. As a pitcher, he has 99 saves and 426 strikeouts, and was named to the 2016 MLB All Star team.
Did you know that Jaime Garcia was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2005 MLB draft? He made his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008, winning the World Series with them in 2011!
Drafter by the Cleveland Indians in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft, Cody Allen made his MLB debut on July 20, 2012. He played with the Indians through the 2018 season as a relief pitcher and is currently a free agent.
As the 723rd overall pick, Dan Straily was selected in the 24th round of the 2009 draft. He eventually made his debut in 2012 for the Oakland Athletics, and currently plays for the Miami Marlins.
Chris Devenski may have been selected in the 25th round, but he has since proven his worth! Drafted in 2011, he made his pitching debut for the Houston Astros in 2016. Since then he has become a 2017 World Series champion and All-Star!
Zach Davies was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 26th round of the 2011 MLB draft. Did you know that he opted not to honor his commitment to Arizona State University, instead accepting a signing bonus of $575,000!?
Born in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, Martin Maldonado was a 27th round pick of the 2004 MLB draft. He has since played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros. He earned his first Gold Glove Award in 2017.
Do you know any 24th round picks who went on to win three World Series championships? Sergio Romo, of course! He won all three of these championships as a relief pitcher with the San Francisco Giants. He is currently a free agent.
Jakob Junis was a pitcher at Rock Falls High School in Rock Falls, Illinois when he was selected in the 29th round of the 2011 MLB draft. He opted to sign with the Royals instead of honoring his commitment to North Carolina State University. Since finally making his debut on April 12, 2017, he has recorded 238 strikeouts.
Currently a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, Jonny Venters was selected in the 30th round of the 2003 MLB draft. Did you know he was a 2011 All-Star and seven years later named the National League Comeback Player of the Year?
Kevin Kiermaier is a center fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays who was selected in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB draft. He made his debut in 2013 and has since won two Gold Glove Awards and one Platinum Glove Award!
After setting an NCAA Division II record with a 54-game hitting streak, Kevin Pillar was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 32nd round of the 2011 draft. As a center fielder, he has recorded 640 hits, 69 stolen bases and 55 home runs in his career thus far.
Though selected in the 33rd round of the 2005 draft, Tyler Flowers has had a long catching career in the MLB. He played with the Chicago White Sox from 2009 - 2015 and since 2016 has been a member of the Atlanta Braves.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Seth Lugo was selected by the New York Mets as the 1,032nd overall pick of the 2011 MLB draft. This 34th round pick would go on to set the MLB record for the highest spin on a curveball ever!
Rajai Davis may have been selected in the 38th round of the 2001 MLB draft, but he would one day become the 2016 AL stolen base leader! Throughout his long career, he has played with the Pirates, Giants, Athletics, Jays, Tigers, Indians, and Red Sox.
Brandon Kintzler was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 40th round of the 2004 draft. He currently plays for the Chicago Cubs as a relief pitcher, throwing right-handed.
Brad Peacock was selected in the 41st round of the 2006 MLB draft. Though he wasn't immediately signed, he was followed throughout the remainder of his college career and made his debut on September 6, 2011. He was a member of the Houston Astros championship team in 2017.
With 482 strikeouts, 33 saves and an earned run average of 3.08, would you believe that Brad Brach was drafted in the 42nd round of the MLB draft!? Since 2011, he has pitched for the Padres, Orioles and Braves.
It wasn't until the 45th round of the 2004 MLB draft that relief pitcher Tony Sipp was selected. Now a free agent, Sipp has played with the Indians, Diamondbacks and Astros since 2009.
Did you know that Carl Edwards Jr. was given the nickname "The String Bean Slinger"? Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 48th round of the 2011 MLB draft, Edwards made his debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2015, and won the World Series with them one year later!
Did you know that Jarrod Dyson was selected in the 50th round of the 2006 MLB draft? It wasn't until four years later that he would make his debut with the Royals as a center fielder. He won the World Series with them in 2015, too!
Howie Kendrick was drafted in the 10th round of the 2002 MLB draft. He made his debut with the Angels just four years later and has since recorded 124 stolen bases, 1,607 hits and 648 runs batted in.
Matt Joyce was selected in the 12th round of the 2005 draft by the Detroit Tigers. Finally in 2008, he was invited to the Tigers' spring training and made his debut with the team on May 5 of that year.
att Carpenter was drafted in the 13th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. He has played with the team ever since 2011, earning three All-Star trips and one NL Silver Slugger Award.
The Chicago White Sox drafted Chris Young in the 16th round of the 2001 draft. By 2006, he made his debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks and has since played with the Athletics, Mets, Yankees, Red Sox and Angels. He is currently a free agent.
Lorenzo Cain was a 17th round pick out of Tallahassee Community College. He made his debut 6 years later in 2010 with the Milwaukee Brewers and has had a decorated career with two All-Star years, a World Series championship and an MVP award from the 2014 ALCS.
One day you are selected in the 35th round, and 14 years later you sign a $82 million, 5-year contract with the Blue Jays! Such is the life of MLB catcher Russell Martin, a four-time All-Star.
Josh Hader was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 19th round of the 2012 MLB draft. He made his debut in 2017, and one year later he was named the NL Reliever of the Year!
Did you know that J.D. Martinez was selected in the 20th round of the 2009 draft out of Nova Southeastern University? A native of Miami, Florida, Martinez has played with the Astros, Tigers, Diamondbacks and most recently won the World Series with the Red Sox.