All-state players taken in first three rounds of MLB draft

The Major League Baseball wild card games will be played today. Here are 11 first-team all-state football players from Georgia who also were taken in the first three rounds of the MLB draft. They include six first-rounders, three second-rounders and one third-rounder:

QB Gordon Beckham, Westminster*

QB Buck Belue, Valdosta

WR/DB Byron Buxton, Appling County

QB Cris Carpenter, Gainesville*

QB Quincy Carter, SW DeKalb

QB Charlie Dudish, Avondale*

WR Jeff Francoeur, Parkview*

QB Marquis Grissom, Lakeshore

RB George Lombard, Lovett

QB Jeff Pyburn, Cedar Shoals*

QB Donovan Tate, Cartersville*

*First-round MLB pick

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October 5th, 2012
10:51 am

Marquis Grissom was simply an amazing football player…and an even more amazing individual!!! Go Red Oak Hawks!!

Tucker DAD

October 5th, 2012
11:32 am

I’m two years older that Marquis Grissom, and I use to play baseball with him at Welcome ALL park back in the day. The funny thing was that he was always on my team and was always one of the best players on the team. I didn’t realize until I got into high school (Lakeshore High) and I was a sophmore that he was just getting to high school. He played up almost his entire little league career and he competed with us like he was our age or older. That’s when I realize he was a special player. Boy what I wouldn’t give to have one more year of 10 & under baseball at Welcome All park. Those were the good old days!!!!!


October 5th, 2012
12:40 pm

Beckham was a 1st round pick and went to UGA? Obviously it worked out fine for him, just curious as to why he didn’t sign out of high school.


October 5th, 2012
2:56 pm

Am I crazy here or was Byron Buxton not a First Round pick?

Max Sizemore

October 5th, 2012
3:12 pm

Buxton was the second selection overall in the 2012 draft, taken by Minnesota. A five-tool player, he signed for a $6 million bonus.

Max Sizemore

October 5th, 2012
3:14 pm

You might apend a “junior” to Gordon Beckham. His dad, Gordon Beckham Sr., also played QB at Westminster and led the Wildcats to the 1979 state title (if memory serves).