Archive for 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.

June 11, 2009

Advertisement

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.

Comments

Commenting has been disabled for this item.