Former Jayhawk Smyth Promoted to Double-A Midland for Postseason

Sept. 10, 2010

MIDLAND, Texas –

Former Kansas relief pitcher Paul Smyth has been promoted in the Oakland Athletics’ organization to Double-A Midland, just in time for the Rockhounds’ postseason series with Frisco, which begins Friday.

Smyth, who is in his second year of professional baseball, had spent the year in high-level Single-A with the Stockton Ports of the California League. The 6-foot righty was 3-6 with a 3.01 ERA and 28 saves in 58 relief appearances for the Ports. Smyth walked 24 and struck out 94 in 77 2/3 innings this season.

Smyth, a native of Atascadero, Calif., pitched at Kansas from 2006-09, and posted a 14-15 record for the Jayhawks with a 4.10 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 195 1/3 innings. He is KU’s all-time leader in appearances (129) and second in career saves (27).

Midland will host Frisco in a best-of-three game series beginning Friday at 7 p.m., and play game two on Saturday at 7 p.m. The third, and deciding game, will be played Sunday at 6 p.m. if necessary. All three contests will be played at Citibank Park in Midland, Texas.

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