Poythress to Seattle

  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.


6 comments Add your comment

Too Easy

June 10th, 2009
8:29 am

First, any update available on Fields?

tyler k

June 10th, 2009
10:12 am

good for the UGA boys but it was Kennesaw State with the first kids to get drafted out of any Georgia school, Chad Jenkins #20 overall to the Blue Jays and Kyle Heckathorn #47 overall to the Brewers. also KSU had its top recruit, Zach Wheeler, do #6 overall to the giants. The KSU baseball program is making huge strides to becoming a top tier baseball team.

Braves Fan....for a while

June 10th, 2009
4:53 pm

Go you KSU Ffighting Owls!!! Hoot, Hoot!


June 11th, 2009
9:24 am

UGA Will Win The National Championship in Football in 2009


June 11th, 2009
9:32 am

Fields is at Seattle’s AA affiliate Not exactly lighting it up:

2009 Season
WTN SOU 2 0 4.50 15 0 0 0 1 14.0 8 12 7 1 11 18 0.71 .157


June 12th, 2009
3:00 am

Fields just needs to work on his control. That was always his bugaboo while at UGA and he’s already walked 11 batters in 14IP with Double-A West Tenn so far this year. He’s only allowed 8 hits while striking out 18. He’s got a .157 BAA. All he’s gotta do is improve his control and he’ll be just fine.