Former Jayhawk Paul Smyth Honored

Jan. 21, 2010


Former Kansas pitcher Paul Smyth has been named the Short-Season Reliever of the Year by Minor League Baseball, which handed out its annual MiLBY Awards earlier this month.

Smyth, a 6-foot right-handed pitcher from Atascadero, Calif., was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 35th round of last season’s amateur draft and spent time in Vancouver (Rookie League) and Kane County (Short-Season Single-A). The KU product did not allow an earned run during his first professional season, spanning 36 1/3 innings and 25 games between the two teams.

He allowed just 16 base runners (12 hits, four walks), while posting 37 strikeouts.

Smyth completed his collegiate career last spring, appearing in a school-record 129 games in a Jayhawk uniform. His 27 career saves rank second all-time at KU, behind Don Czyz (31). In 2009, Smyth was selected to his third-straight Academic All-Big 12 team and graduated with a degree in business marketing.

The current Jayhawks will open the 2010 season on Feb. 19 against Eastern Michigan at 3 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.