Thursday, June 11, 2009

Smyth, Heere taken in MLB Draft

KU closer Paul Smyth and right-fielder Brian Heere heard their names called Thursday, during the final day of the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.


Two more Kansas University baseball players heard their names called Thursday, during the final day of the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

Closer Paul Smyth was taken in the 35th round by the Oakland Athletics (pick No. 1,053), while right-fielder Brian Heere was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 48th round (1,458th).

Smyth, who just completed his senior season, saved nine games for the Jayhawks in 2009 en route to being named an all-Big 12 honorable mention selection by the league's coaches.

Heere, meanwhile, enjoyed a breakout red-shirt sophomore season, batting .364 with 12 doubles, five home runs and 40 RBIs and earned second-team all-conference honors.

Smyth and Heere join David Narodowski (15th round, Arizona Diamondbacks) and Shaeffer Hall (25th round, New York Yankees) as the Jayhawks selected. Additionally, two of the program's incoming freshmen were also drafted this week. Pitcher Shawn Blackwell was taken in the 24th round by the Texas Rangers and Tanner Poppe, also a pitcher, was taken in the 37th round by the Kansas City Royals.


Topcitykid10 11 years, 10 months ago

Good luck guys, see you in the bigs one day.

Drew Alan 11 years, 10 months ago

if the guys who are still eligible and those incoming guys stick with KU then we have a chance to be really special. Those guys can get guarantees where if it doesn't work out a team will pay for all or the rest of their schooling, so it can be hard to say no since finishing college is still a viable option if baseball doesn't work out. Best of luck to all the guys, it is fun catching little tid-bits of KU guys working their way up. Travis Metcalf and Mike Zagurski have both had a cup of coffee in the majors, and Erik Morrison is tearing up A-ball this year as well. Best of luck whether you all return to KU or decide to go pro!

David Serven 11 years, 10 months ago

This story got me thinking. Since we've had a plethora of basketball and football players play in their respective major leagues, how many jayhawks have played in baseballs' major leagues?

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