Kansas Shortstop David Narodowski Drafted by Arizona Diamondbacks

June 10, 2009


The Arizona Diamondbacks have selected Kansas shortstop David Narodowski in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft Wednesday with the 456th overall pick.

Narodowski becomes KU’s highest draft pick since 2006, when the Florida Marlins selected Don Czyz with the 215th overall pick (seventh round). He becomes the sixth player taken in the top 15 rounds of the draft during the Ritch Price era.

Narodowski, a shortstop from Vancouver, B.C., hit .354 in his first year in the Crimson and Blue, which included eight home runs and 19 doubles. He was named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Year after hitting .353 in Big 12 games, and showed some power near the end of the season, belting five home runs in KU’s seven postseason contests.

He committed a team-high 20 errors in the field, but just three in the final 17 games of the season.

The junior transferred to KU prior to the season from Vernon College (Texas), where he played his first two seasons of college baseball. Narodowski is eligible to return to Kansas for his senior season if he does not come to terms on a contract prior to Aug. 15.

The MLB Amateur Draft continues throughout the day Wednesday and will conclude with the final 19 rounds on Thursday.