Two high school seniors and a junior college transfer have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at Kansas University.
Peter Smart, a left-handed pitcher from Omaha, Neb.; Franco Martinez, a pitcher-shortstop from Denver; and Paul Levins, a switch-hitting infielder from Garden City CC, have inked with KU, first-year coach Bobby Randall announced Monday.
Smart, a 6-foot-7 left-hander, was 2-0 with a 1.27 earned run average and 24 strikeouts over 22 innings last season at Omaha Westside High. An all-district honorable mention pitcher, Smart also went 10-2 over the summer for the Omaha Freightliners Legion team.
The 6-1 Martinez was an all-state selection for Denver Chatfield. A three-year letterman, Martinez was all-conference as a junior. He was 10-0 as a pitcher and he hit .451. Martinez also has three letters in basketball and two in football.
And Levins was an honorable mention All-Jayhawk Conference selection last season. He hit .356 with 28 RBIs. A graduate of Wichita Southeast, Levins lettered two years in baseball.
The three new signees brings KU's early-period signing class to five. Lawrence High catcher-designated hitter Shane Wedd and Hutchinson CC pitcher Josh Bailey signed earlier.