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Paul Smyth, Kansas RHP, taken in 35th round by Oakland

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Hello Athletic fans. Oakland drafted Kansas closer Paul Smyth in the 35th round this week. I've been covering Jayhawk baseball for the last three years at Rock Chalk Talk. I linked a short prospect profile of Paul above. Smyth pitched at KU for four years. He was mostly good. He has a lot of movement on his fastball when it is right. His velocity is in the high 80's to low 90's. He has a useful slider. He was frustrating in that he would go through rough patches and give up runs in bunches for 3-5 games in a row, and then be the model of pitching perfection for two or three weeks straight afterwards. Paul has good skills for a 35th round pick, a competitive mentality, and he still has more room to grow than one might expect from a 4 year NCAA starter with 129 games under his belt. He had an off senior year which may have been due to a non-chronic arm injury. I hope your coaching staff works with him and he makes it up the ladder.

Paul Smyth, Kansas RHP, drafted by Oakland in 35th Round

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Paul Smyth, KU RHP closer taken by Oakland in 35th round.

Jayhawk Baseball 2009 MLB draft preview

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An preview of potential Kansas Jayhawks in the MLB draft

KU stumbles badly in Bricktown. Jayhawks hope to hear good news from the NCAA Monday.

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Kansas goes 0-3 in the Big-12 tournament but still have strong hopes for an NCAA at-large bid.

Tony Thompson makes Big-12 First Team, David Narodowski newcomer of the year. Afenir, Heere and Walz on the second team.

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Kansas baseball players honored in season end awards. Tony Thompson 1st team, David Narodowski newcomer of the year. Six more players named.

Kansas Baseball made of win. Jayhawks dominate Wildcats 17-7 to take Sunflower Showdown.

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Kansas blows out Kansas State 17-7 in final game of 2009 regular season. KU wins Sunflower Showdown 2-1. Tony Thompson ties KU single season home run record with 18th blast.

KU Baseball Notes: Records will fall

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KU Baseball notes: Records will fall this weekend. Buck Afenir named a Johnny Bench finalist and six Jayhawks named to All-Academic team. Profile of Ritchie Price's first year at South Dakota State.

Kansas takes down Oklahoma 9-5. Thompson, Afenir and Walz set KU up for a possible road sweep.

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Kansas defeats Oklahoma 9-5. Jayhawks to fo for series sweep on Sunday. Additional KU baseball notes.

Another statement victory for KU baseball – 5-4 over the Sooners in Norman.

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Kansas picks up a huge road win in Norman. Kansas 5 - Oklahoma 4.

Nebraska takes advantage of shoddy KU defense to defeat the Jayhawks 11-4

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Nebraska takes advantage of six Kansas errors to defeat Jayhawks 11-4 in Lawrence.

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