Former Neshoba Central standout David Goforth brings a pitch to the plate while playing this past season for Ole Miss. Goforth was a seventh-round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in last week’s Major League Baseball draft and is currently in negotiations with the Brewers.
Former Neshoba Central standout David Goforth brings a pitch to the plate while playing this past season for Ole Miss. Goforth was a seventh-round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in last week’s Major League Baseball draft and is currently in negotiations with the Brewers.
Former Neshoba Central standout David Goforth was selected in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Goforth, a pitcher, was taken on the second day of the draft last Tuesday.

For the past four years, Goforth has been part of the Ole Miss baseball team. He was drafted last year by the Cleveland Indians in the 31st round but decided to come back for his red shirt junior year at Ole Miss. Now, he feels ready to take the next step.

"I had family and friends at the house while the draft was going on," Goforth said. "I had been talking to several teams but then it came over the computer that the Brewers had drafted me. They called a little later and I met with them on Thursday."

Goforth said the Brewers' regional scout has come to see him at his home in Oxford and made an offer.

"I told him that really wasn't what I was looking for," Goforth said. "But we are still negotiating.

"Right now, I'm in Oxford, working out every day. I need to be in shape and ready to go when I sign," Goforth said.

Ole Miss had five players to be drafted by Major League Baseball teams. Goforth was the first player from Ole Miss selected.

This past season, Goforth was the Saturday starter for the Rebels, making 14 starts with a 4-8 record, including a complete-game performance at No. 16 Arkansas and a combined shutout against Lipscomb, according to a Rebel press release. Goforth struck out 63 batters, the second most on the team, in 83.0 innings of work while posting a 4.88 earned-run average. He walked only 27 batters while holding opponents to a .274 batting average against.

Goforth snagged wins at LSU, at Auburn, over Kentucky and over South Carolina to give the Rebels a series win over the defending national champion Gamecocks. His win over the Wildcats helped push the Rebels to a series sweep of Kentucky.

"I enjoyed playing at Ole Miss and pitching in the SEC," Goforth said. "It's a great league and has great tradition. I got to pitch in every SEC stadium."

The Rebels didn't make it to the SEC tournament this year, which is something Goforth had hoped would happen.

"It came down to the series with Arkansas," Goforth said. "We had to win one of two games on Sunday and didn't get it done. But it should have never come to that. We had opportunities all year."

When he signs, Goforth said he will be sent to the Brewers' training camp in Arizona. Afterwards, he will most likely go to a minor-league, Class A team in Montana.

"I hope we can get this done quick," Goforth said. "I'm ready to start my professional career. This has been my goal."

Looking back, Goforth said he got a good baseball foundation while growing up and playing baseball in Neshoba County.

"I have always played baseball," Goforth said. "When I was 3 or 4, I had a bat and a plastic ball. I was always hitting it.

"I learned a lot from coach Brian Jones at Neshoba Central, both on and off the fields. He helped me a lot. I also learned a lot playing at the park and on traveling teams. I remember playing for Allen Crosswhite. He taught me a lot."

When he signs, Goforth will be the second Neshoba Central player to be drafted and sign to play in as many years. Last year, Donnie Tabb was drafted and was signed by the New York Mets.

Of course, signing with the Brewers and playing off in Montana will mean that Goforth would miss the Neshoba County Fair this year. Surely, he will be excused.

"I haven't missed the Fair since I was 8 or 9," Goforth said. "I'll be on the phone, checking in with my friends."