2nd Round Pick, 51st selection overall, Jr. 1B Rich Polythress
While the 2009 team did not finish the way many were hoping after the #1 ranking and 32-8 start to the season, the Dawgs did steal the show at the MLB Draft last week.
Leading the country with 11 players drafted, the highest being 1B Rich Polthress by the Seattle Mariners in the 2nd round, UGA crushed the school record for players drafted (six picks, held by the ‘87, 2001, 2005 and 2008 teams).
In addition, six signees from the upcoming 2009 class got drafted as well, with the highest being LHP Zach Dotson of Guyton, GA (Effingham County HS) in the 13th round (404th overall) by the New York Mets.
With that in mind, the 2009 team’s roster is relatively uncertain at this point. Out of the eleven players drafted, only three were seniors. So, with eight non-seniors along with the six signees making decisions on whether they will go pro or play at UGA next season, it will be very interesting to see how things shake out.
The good news is that out of the eight non-seniors drafted, as of right now only 1B Rich Poythress is expected to leave school early (though obviously he was the team’s best hitter). There have been some rumblings that junior CF Matt Cerione, drafted in the 13th round (#383 overall) by the Seattle Mariners could also be on his way out as well, but only time will tell to see if that is truly the case.
Here is a list of both the Bulldogs and UGA Signees drafted in the 2009 Draft:
Bulldogs in the 2009 MLB Draft
51st Rich Poythress (Seattle Mariners, 2nd Round)
81st Trevor Holder (Washington Nationals, 3rd Round)
202nd Dean Weaver (Washington Nationals, 7th Round)
383rd Matt Cerione (Seattle Mariners, 13th Round)
506th Jeff Walters (Baltimore Orioles, 17th Round)
771st Michael Demperio (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 25th Round)
787th Alex McRee (Los Angeles Dodgers, 26th Round)
901st Bryce Massanari (Colorado Rockies, 30th Round)
966th Will Harvil (Arizona Diamondbacks, 32nd Round)
1232nd Joey Lewis (Kansas City Royals, 41st Round)
1405th Justin Earls (Pittsburgh Pirates, 47th Round)
Georgia Signees in the 2009 MLB Draft
404th Zach Dotson (New York Mets, 13th Round)
798th Miles Head (Boston Red Sox, 26th Round)
838th Eric Swegman (Atlanta Braves, 28th Round)
925th Zach Taylor (Pittsburgh Pirates, 31st Round)
958th Jake Montgomery (Atlanta Braves, 32nd Round)
1016th Malcolm Clappsaddle (Baltimore Orioles, 34th Round)