Kansas Pitcher Shaeffer Hall Drafted by New York Yankees

June 10, 2009


The New York Yankees have selected Kansas left-handed pitcher Shaeffer Hall in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft Wednesday with the 765th overall pick.

Hall becomes the second current Jayhawk taken in this year’s draft, joining David Narodowski, who was selected in the 15th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Hall, a pitcher from Lee’s Summit, Mo., tossed the fifth no-hitter in team history on Feb. 20 against Air Force. Hall was KU’s Friday night starter last season, going 5-6 with a 4.18 ERA. He was the first Jayhawk to tally multiple complete game shutouts in a season since Pete Smart in 2000. Hall’s three complete games were a team high, while his walks-per-nine innings rate (0.97) led the Big 12. Hall was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention pick as well as an academic all-conference selection.

The junior transferred to KU prior to the 2008 season, going 9-8 in his Jayhawk career with a 4.55 ERA in 25 starts. Hall came to Kansas by way of Jefferson College (Mo.). Should he not reach an agreement on a contract with the Yankees’ organization by Aug. 15, he would be eligible to return to KU for his senior campaign.

Kansas also had a signee, pitcher Shawn Blackwell from Clear Creek HS (Texas), drafted Wednesday. Blackwell was taken with the 724th overall pick (24th round) by the Texas Rangers.

The MLB Amateur Draft will conclude Thursday with the final 19 rounds of selections.

Kansas MLB Draft Selections

Player Round (Pick) Organization

David Narodowski 15 (456) Arizona

*Shawn Blackwell 24 (724) Texas
Shaeffer Hall 25 (765) New York Yankees

*-2009 Signee