Greenbrier alum goes 51st overall

Greenbrier High School product and University of Georgia first baseman Rich Poythress was taken with the 51st overall pick in tonight’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound power hitter was selected by the Seattle Mariners with the second pick in the second round.

“It was a crazy last 10 minutes for me,” Poythress said. “Seattle had (picks) 27 and 33, but then I had the Red Sox calling about first-round money in the third round, but the Mariners pulled the trigger when I was on the phone.”

Poythress said he was surrounded by family and friends at a teammate’s house in Lake Oconee as the pick was announced.

“I was on the phone when my name was called, but I heard my mom react, and it was amazing,” he said. “It’s a lifelong dream to get here, and now it’s just a stepping stone to playing in the big leagues.”

The Grovetown native was a four-year starter at Greenbrier where he helped the Wolfpack win the Class AAAA baseball state championship in 2006.

Poythress, who helped lead the Bulldogs to the College World Series finals a year ago, wrapped up his junior season at Georgia this spring when he led the team with a .376 batting average, 86 RBI and 25 home runs.

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