Phillies to Promote Former Jayhawk Zagurski to the Majors

May 24, 2007


Former University of Kansas pitcher Mike Zagurski has been promoted to the major leagues by the Philadelphia Phillies. Zagurski, who was most recently with the double-A Reading Phillies, will join the team when the face the Atlanta Braves Friday.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

The 6-foot-0 lefty, who played at KU from 2004-05, had pitched six games with Reading and had a 1.29 ERA in six appearances. He had allowed just two hits and one run in seven innings of work.

Zagurski started the 2007 season in single-A with the Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League. In 12 appearances with Clearwater, Zagurski had a 1.10 ERA and five saves in 16.1 innings pitched.

He is expected to fill out a spot in the Phillies’ bullpen.

Zagurski became the second former Jayhawk to advance to the big leagues in less than a week. On May 18, Travis Metcalf was called up to the Texas Rangers’ major league roster with an injury to Hank Blalock. Metcalf went 0-for-2 with a walk in his major league debut on May 19.

When Zagurski makes his major league debut, he will become the 21st Kansas product to appear in the majors.