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Pitcher Land finds success

Other former Jayhawks still trying to locate footing

August 4, 2006

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Of the record-tying six Kansas University baseball players selected in the June free agent draft, pitcher Sean Land has made the most impressive professional debut.

As of Thursday, Land, a left-handed pitcher from Greenwood, Mo., has started seven games for the Minnesota Twins' Class A short-season Elizabeth, N.C., farm club and posted a 2-1 record with a 1.86 earned run average.

Land bypassed his last year of eligibility with the Jayhawks after the Twins made him their ninth-round selection in the draft.

KU relief ace Don Czyz, the seventh-round pick of the Florida Marlins, had a rough start with the club's Class A short-season farm club in Jamestown, N.Y. Czyz allowed six earned runs in his first two-thirds of an inning, but has rebounded to lower his ERA to 4.97. Czyz has four saves.

Outfielder Gus Milner, tapped in the 14th round by the Philadelphia Phillies, is playing in Batavia, N.Y., in the same league with Czyz. Milner is hitting .233, but has 20 RBIs in 36 games.

Shortstop Ritchie Price, selected in the 18th round by the New York Mets, opened with the Brooklyn Cyclones, but was reassigned to the Mets' other Class A short-season team in Kingsport, Tenn.

Price, who has been playing some second base, has a .233 batting average in 22 games at Kingsport, but his on-base percentage is a lofty .397, thanks to drawing 15 walks and being hit twice by pitches.

First baseman Jared Schweitzer, taken in the 30th round by the St. Louis Cardinals, is hitting .239 in 24 games with the Cards' Class A short-season team in State College, Pa. One of Schweitzer's teammates is A.J. Van Slyke, a former Jayhawk who turned pro after the 2005 season.

Pitcher Kodiak Quick was the sixth KU player taken in the June draft, going in the 33rd round to the Detroit Tigers. However, Quick opted not to play professional baseball.

Only four times have as many as six Jayhawks been June draftees - in 2006, 1998, 1994 and 1993.

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