Crazy Eights Compelling In Own Right

The first round of the baseball draft hogs most of the attention. The most talented players go in the top 30 picks and command the largest bonuses. But when the first round is completed, there still are 49 rounds and nearly 1,500 picks remaining. And some of those rounds can be just as enthralling. Take the eighth round, for instance. The best-ever eighth-rounder was the stunningly gifted Eric Davis, followed by Charlie Hough. There must be something about the eighth round and knuckleballers, because Tim Wakefield (selected as a first baseman) went there as well.

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