Jayhawks in the Pros #2
June 3, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Throughout the course of the 2010 season, kuathletics.com will update the progress of the 11 former Jayhawks who are currently playing within the ranks of professional baseball. KU’s list of former players in the pros will likely grow following next week’s Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, which begins on Monday, June 7.
Jayhawks in MLB:
– Left-handed pitcher Tom Gorzelanny has made nine starts for the Chicago Cubs this season, and is 2-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 51 2/3 innings. Gorzelanny, who played at KU from 2001-02, struck out a career-high 10 earlier this month in a start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 2. Gorzelanny has five quality starts this season as well as 53 strikeouts compared to 20 walks.
Jayhawks in AAA:
– Third baseman Travis Metcalf has been on a terror over the last 10 games for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox – an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Metcalf, who played at KU from 2002-04, is batting .351 with four doubles, a triple and a homer since May 23. On the season, the veteran third baseman has hit .311 with three homers and 29 RBIs in 48 games for the Sky Sox.
– Left-handed pitcher Mike Zagurski has been the tough-luck loser on two occasions this season, but continues to pitch well for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs – an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Zagurski, who pitched at KU from 2004-05, is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 22 appearances out of the bullpen for the IronPigs. However, in his two defeats, he did not allow an earned run. This season, Zagurski is holding opponents to a .220 batting average with 10 walks and 36 strikeouts in 24 innings on the mound.
Jayhawks in AA:
– Left-handed pitcher Sam Freeman recently came back from an injury that has sidelined him the first two months of the season. Freeman, who pitched at KU in 2008, has yet to make an appearance this year for the Springfield Cardinals – an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Jayhawks in A:
– Left-handed pitcher Nick Czyz was promoted to the Class A Advanced level in mid-April and has been impressive for the High Desert Mavericks – an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Czyz, who played at KU from 2006-08, is 2-0 this season with a 4.44 ERA in eight appearances. Czyz has recorded 12 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings on the mound.
– Left-handed pitcher Shaeffer Hall was also promoted to the advanced level of Class A in the New York Yankees system recently. Hall, who pitched at KU from 2008-09, made his first start for the Tampa Yankees and collected the win, going five innings and allowing no runs on three hits with a walk and six strikeouts. In 11 minor league starts this year, Hall is 3-2 with a sparkling 1.73 ERA and has held opponents to a .205 batting average in 73 innings.
– First baseman Erik Morrison was recalled to Class A Bakersfield – an affiliate of the Texas Rangers – in early May and has played in 29 games for the Blaze this season. Morrison, who played at KU from 2005-08, got off to a slow start, but has hit much better recently. In his last 10 games, Morrison is batting .289 with five runs scored.
– Outfielder David Narodowski was converted from an infielder this season and has played 37 games for the South Bend Silver Hawks this season. Narodowski, who played at KU in 2009, is batting .205 with a pair of stolen bases for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ affiliate.
– Right-handed pitcher Paul Smyth continues to put up gaudy numbers for the Stockton Ports – the Advanced Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Smyth is 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA and eight saves in 20 relief appearances for the Ports. Smyth has posted six-straight scoreless relief outings dating back to May 18, and is holding opponents to a .162 batting average this season.
Two other former Jayhawks – Buck Afenir (Staten Island Yankees) and John Allman (Lake County Captains) – have made rosters of Short-Season Class A teams and will start their seasons on June 18.