Tim Beckham, MVP of 2007 Aflac All-American Game, Becomes Third Aflac All-
American Selected #1 Overall
COLUMBUS, Ga., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Tim Beckham, the MVP of the 2007
Aflac All-American High School Baseball Game, led a parade of 10 former Aflac
All-American baseball players selected in the first round of today's Major
League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Beckham is the third Aflac All-
American to be selected #1 overall (Justin Upton in 2005, Matt Bush in 2004),
and the first #1 pick to have been the MVP of the Aflac Game.
Since the game's inception in 2003, 52 Aflac All-American alumni have been
selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player
draft, including current major leaguers Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds
and Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 2008 draft saw 10 Aflac All-Americans drafted in the first round,
including Eric Hosmer (No. 3 overall to the Kansas City Royals), Buster Posey
(No. 4 overall to the San Francisco Giants) and Kyle Skipworth (No. 5 overall
to the Florida Marlins). Also, Ike Davis, the No. 18 pick by the New York
Mets, was the MVP of the 2004 Aflac All-American Game. Overall, 143 of 192
Aflac All-Americans have been drafted by Major League teams.
The annual Aflac All-American High School Baseball Game showcases 38 of
the nation's top high school players in an East versus West matchup following
their junior year. Aflac All-Americans are chosen by the experts at our
official selection partner, Perfect Game USA, and in consultation with the
staff at baseball's most influential magazine, Baseball America.
"Today's MLB Draft once again illustrates the quality of talent on display
at the Aflac All-American Game, with our MVP selected No. 1 overall and four
of the top six players drafted," said Al Johnson, Vice President, Marketing
Services, Aflac. "We wish Tim Beckham and the others the best of luck as they
start their pro careers, and we'll be proud to look back one day and say
they've worn an Aflac All-American jersey.
Aflac All-American players drafted in today's first round included:
No. 1 - Tim Beckham, SS, Griffin, Ga. - Tampa Bay Rays
No. 3 - Eric Hosmer, 1B/OF, Plantation, Fla. - Kansas City Royals
No. 5 - Buster Posey, C, Florida State - San Francisco Giants (from 2004
No. 6 - Kyle Skipworth, C, Rubidoux, Calif. - Florida Marlins
No. 13 - Brett Wallace, 3B, Arizona State - St. Louis Cardinals (from 2004
No. 14 - Aaron Hicks, RHP/OF, Long Beach, Calif. - Minnesota Twins
No. 15 - Ethan Martin, RHP/3B, Toccoa, Ga. - Los Angeles Dodgers
No. 18 - Ike Davis, 1B, Arizona State - New York Mets (from 2004 Aflac
No. 28 - Gerrit Cole, RHP, Santa Ana, Calif. - New York Yankees
No. 40 - Brett Devall, LHP, Niceville, Fla. - Atlanta Braves (supplemental
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