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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

KU’s Narodowski signs with Arizona Diamondbacks

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Kansas junior shortstop David Narodowski has signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will not return to KU for his senior season.

The Diamondbacks selected Narodowski in the 15th round of last week's MLB Draft. He was 456th player taken overall.

"It was really exciting to sign the contract,” Narodowski said in a release. “It’s something you look forward to when you first have the dream of playing professional baseball. I’m excited to get started."

Later in the week, Narodowski will fly to Missoula, Mont., to begin his professional career with the Missoula Osprey, a Single-A affiliate.

Narodowski, who was the Big 12 newcomer of the year this past season, hit .354 with eight home runs and 19 doubles.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity that David Narodowski is getting to chase his dream of playing professional baseball,” KU coach Ritch Price said in a release. “I really enjoyed coaching him this season. He is a player who has unlimited potential, and I wish him the best.”

Narodowski is the third Jayhawk baseball player to sign a professional contract in the last week. Shaeffer Hall and Buck Afenir previously signed deals with the New York Yankees.

Comments

irish2255 10 years, 11 months ago

This sucks. Another Senior to be signs after being drafted fairly late. I know these guys are chasing their dreams but 15th and especially 25th round draft picks are getting virtually no money. They would be better served coming back for their senior years, not only to get a degree, but also to improve their draft status.

rockchalkcubbies 10 years, 11 months ago

How about you learn a little something about the draft before you run your mouth? If you come back for your senior year you have no leverage on the ball club that drafts you and you get no signing bonus. The signing bonus is the biggest part of your contract anyway. Pretty much every player that gets drafted gets the base monthly salary of a little over $1000 plus living expenses. Plus in most all contracts the professional team will pay for their school and the kids can come back in the fall semesters to finish up their degree.

actorman 10 years, 11 months ago

Good points, rockchalk. And let's not forget another factor too: if KU has a few juniors leave early for MLB, that certainly doesn't hurt with recruiting.

d_prowess 10 years, 11 months ago

Is there any way we can find out how much the contracts (and more importantly the signing-bonuses) are for? It seems like that would be interesting info to include, but I am not sure how easy it is to get compared to things like the NBA or NFL.

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