Feeling a Draft
Like I mentioned above Georgia had 5 players selected in the MLB amateur draft. Last year they had 6 players, but one returned... Kyle Keen. Keen was not selected this year.
One player that was selected was pitcher Brooks Brown. Brown became the 6th Bulldog to be selected in the first round. The last player to do it was Kendall Rhine in 1992. The former 2-sport (basketball) star was a pitcher for the National Championship team.
Following the National Championship season of 1990, the Bulldogs had 8 players selected. In their other College World Series seasons that had multiple picks as well. In 1987, they had seven, the same for 2001 and in 2004 they had four.
The draft began in 1965. There were no Georgia players selected that year. The following year was the first. His name was Mike Wysocki and he was picked in the 26th round to the Giants. The first player drafted and eventually made it to the majors was outfielder Larry Littleton. Although Littleton didn't do too much in the bigs as he went 0-for-23 for the 1981 Cleveland Indians. But at least he made the show.
Head Coach David Perno was not drafted, but his brother Donn was. In 1987, he was selected by the Giants in the 39th round. Pitching Coach Roger Williams was also drafted. He was selected in the 4th round by the Cubs in 1985. Also, current Director of Baseball Operations, Brian Jester was selected by the Atlanta Braves in 1990.
Josh Morris was selected by the Braves this week, but he was not the first Bulldog to be picked by the Braves. Kit Bradshaw taken in 1970. Other recent Bulldogs to be picked by the Braves include Zach Frachiseur, Chris Clark, Clint Sammons and Will Startup. Derek Lilliquist was selected by the Braves in the first round of the 1987 draft.
In 1987 the Bulldogs had 2 players selected in the first round. Lilliquist and another 2-sport star (football) Cris Carpenter.
Speaking of football, Buck Belue was selected by the Montreal Expos in 1982. He was also selected out of high school, but decided to go to Georgia.
This year, 5 signees were selected in draft. It is unknown whether they will go play for the Bulldogs or go into the minors. Georgia has had a history of some of their top signees skip college ball to persue pro careers including such former major leaguers Fred McGriff and John Rocker and current major leaguers Jake Westbrook and Brandon Phillips.
Baseball is not the only sport at Georgia that has felt the wrath of the MLB amateur draft. The Pirates selected former basketball signee Scott Rolen in the 1993 draft and in 1994, the draft took 2 football signees, George Lombard and Vince Faison.
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