Georgia first baseman Rich Poythress was drafted by Seattle tonight, and he could not have been surprised.
“The Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox have probably shown the most interest,” Poythress told me three days before the MLB draft.
The Mariners grabbed Poythress, the junior slugger, with the second pick of the second round, No. 51 overall.
It’s the second year in a row the Mariners have taken a UGA player high in the draft. Last year, they took relief pitcher Josh Fields in the first round.
Poythress is the second person in his family to be drafted by an MLB team. His father, Richard, a shortstop, was taken in the 26th round by the Chicago Cubs in 1973, playing in their farm system until an injury ended his career.
Also tonight, Georgia senior pitcher Trevor Holder was drafted by the Washington Nationals with the first pick of the third round, No. 81 overall. That was a big move up for Holder, who returned for his senior season after being drafted in the 10th round, No. 298 overall, by the Florida Marlins last year.
Holder was 7-5 with a 4.48 ERA for Georgia this season. Poythress hit .376 with 25 home runs and 86 RBIs.