Back in early June, UGA set a school record by leading the nation with 11 players selected in the MLB Draft. As the August 17th midnight deadline for teams to reach contract agreements with those drafted has come and gone, clearly next year’s team will have a lot of new faces in the starting line-up.
As mentioned in a post a few months back after the draft, out of the 11 UGA players drafted, eight were non-seniors along with six signees making decisions on whether they will go pro or play at UGA next season. Unfortunately for the Dawgs, 5 out of those 8 non-seniors left early (Jr. 1B Rich Poythress, Jr. C Joey Lewis, Jr. 2B Michael Demperio, Jr. CF Matt Cerione and Jr. Closer Dean Weaver) and two of the six signees ( HS P Zach Dotson and HS C/1B Miles Head) as well.
With that in mind, the Bulldogs will be replacing their entire right side of the infield, along with their catcher, DH, CF, a top SP, set-up man and closer. For a good, comprehensive look at the changes that the 2010 Dawgs will be facing, check out this recent article by the Athens Banner-Herald: http://onlineathens.com/stories/081709/bas_482470279.shtml