Greenbrier High School product and University of Georgia first baseman Rich Poythress was taken with the 51st overall pick in tonights 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 teammates 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. Its a lifelong dream to get here, and now its 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.