Kansas Baseball Adds a Pair of Transfers
Jan. 23, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price announced Wednesday that the team has added a pair of pitchers to the 2008 roster. Junior lefties Sam Freeman (North Central Texas) and Daniel Manos (Santa Ana) have both transferred to Kansas after spending time at junior colleges.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Freeman, a 5-foot-11 left-handed pitcher from Carrolton, Texas, comes to KU after two seasons at NorthCentralTexasCollege in Gainesville, Texas. The junior pitcher posted a 10-1 record with a 3.20 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 50.2 innings last season for the Lions. He was named all-conference as well as academic all-conference during the 2007 season. Freeman was also a 2007 draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, but opted to continue his collegiate career.
“Sam is a tremendous addition to our team,” Price said. “He has an excellent fastball, a good slider, and has shown an outstanding change-up during his bullpen sessions. We will give him an opportunity to compete for a starting role in our rotation this spring.”
Manos, a 6-foot-3 left-handed pitcher from Brea, Calif., comes to KU after two years at Santa AnaCollege (Calif.). Manos made 17 appearances for the Dons last season and recorded a 2-0 record with a 2.31 ERA. He posted 22 strikeouts while walking just four, helping his school to an Orange Empire Conference championship.
“Daniel was a starting pitcher for one of the top junior college programs in the country last spring,” Price said. “He has the ability to throw three pitches for strikes and can be used as either a starter or reliever.”
Freeman, Manos and the rest of the Jayhawks will open the 2008 season against Hawaii-Hilo in Kona, Hawaii on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. CST.