Former KU Hurler Smith Signed By Red Sox
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Boston Red Sox purchased the contract of former KU outfielder/pitcher Dakota Smith Sunday, July 17, after Smith turned in two solid seasons with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League.
“I’m thrilled for Dakota Smith to be able to sign a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox organization,” Kansas head coach Ritch Price said. “Smith had an outstanding career at KU as an outfielder, and I want to personally say ‘thank you’ to Phil Warren and the Gateway Grizzlies for giving him an opportunity to make the transition to the mound. He has a big league arm, and I wish him the very best in chasing his dream of becoming a big league pitcher.”
Smith leaves the Grizzlies after compiling a 2-1 record and 2.25 ERA in 40 innings pitched in 2016. He struck out 42 batters, walked eight and allowed 23 hits. He signed with Gateway on June 21, 2015, after completing his senior season with the Jayhawks.
The Leavenworth, Kansas, native was a four-year starter for KU in the outfield and a career .280 hitter with 12 home runs and 126 RBIs in 194 games played. He appeared in 19 games for Kansas out of the bullpen during his career posting a 1-2 record with a 3.67 ERA.
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