KU Pitcher Signs with White Sox

June 14, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. — University of Kansas senior left-handed pitcher Jacob JEan recently signed a professional contract with the Chicago White Sox. Jean, a native of Antelope, Calif., finished the 2005 season with a 2.57 earned run average in eight appearances.

“I’m really pleased that Jake had a chance to sign a professional contract with the White Sox,” head coach Ritch Price said. “Now he gets an opportunity to pursue his dream.”

“I’m really excited that I am able to continue my baseball career past the Division I Level,” said Jean. “I had a lot of fun playing for Coach Price and the rest of the coaching staff. I am especially looking forward to playing against (KU teammates) Sean Richardson and AJ Van Slyke because we’re all going to start our careers in the same league.”

As a junior in 2004, Jean appeared in 16 games and finished the season with a 1-2 record and a 9.95 ERA. He combined with four other pitchers to throw the sixth no-hitter in KU history as the quartet held Texas Southern hitless on Feb. 1, 2004.

Jean transferred to Kansas from Consumes River Junior College where he posted a 4-2 record and 4.14 ERA as a sophomore.

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