Former Jayhawk Zagurski Named Paul Owens Award Recipient

Nov. 13, 2007


Former Kansas pitcher Mike Zagurski has been named the Philadelphia Phillies’ Paul Owens Award winner as the best pitcher in the system. Zagurski posted a 1.32 ERA in three minor league levels during the 2007 season and was called up to the majors in May.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Zagurski made his major league debut on May 25, 2007 in <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Atlanta, and pitched a perfect eighth inning in Philadelphia’s 8-3 victory over the Braves. The 2005 KU grad appeared in 25 games for the Phillies this past year, posting a 1-0 mark with a 5.91 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings.

During his two seasons in the Crimson and Blue, Zagurski posted a 12-9 record with a 4.90 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings. During his senior season, Zagurski was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention as well as Academic All-Big 12.

Zagurski is one of three former Jayhawks (Tom Gorzelanny, Travis Metcalf) to play in the major leagues this past season.