Jayhawks Prepare For MLB Draft


The draft, which will air its first round on the MLB Network as well as MLB.com, begins at 6 p.m. CST Monday evening with the first round and the supplemental round of selections. The second and third days will both begin at 11 a.m. CST and conclude after the 50th round of picks.

Players who have enrolled in a four-year institution may not be selected until they have completed their third year at the school, meaning a handful of Jayhawks from this year’s team are eligible to be drafted. They include:

- Travis Blankenship, a senior left-handed pitcher from Lawrence, Kan., who made a team-best 34 appearances out of the bullpen. Blankenship posted a 1-5 record with a 5.96 ERA in 45 1/3 innings on the hill. He recorded 16 walks and 51 strikeouts as a valuable reliever against left-handed hitters.

- Brett Bochy, a redshirt junior right-handed pitcher from Poway, Calif., who led the team with five saves despite missing the last 31 games of the season following Tommy John surgery. Bochy posted an 0.78 ERA in 23 innings pitched, with seven walks and 34 strikeouts while allowing a .117 batting average to the team’s opponents.

- Brian Heere, a redshirt junior outfielder from Lawrence, Kan., who led the team in batting average (.393) and earned First Team All-Big 12 honors in 2010. Heere finished the regular season leading the conference in base hits (92) and collected a .470 on-base percentage along with a .551 slugging percentage. He led the team with 29 multi-hit games and had an 18-game hitting streak during the season.

- Brett Lisher, a senior first baseman from Lawrence, Kan., who hit .290 with 10 doubles, three homers and 33 RBIs. Lisher also played brilliant defense on the right side of the infield for KU, committing just four errors in 363 chances for a .989 fielding percentage.

- Robby Price, a senior second baseman from Lawrence, Kan., who enjoyed a career year in his final season in a Kansas uniform. Price hit .351 with a career-high 19 doubles and six homers as well as 67 runs scored to earn First Team All-Big 12 honors. Price became the first player in Kansas history to be named Big 12 Player of the Week in three separate weeks, while his .372 batting average in conference games ranked ninth in the league.

- Cameron Selik, a senior right-handed pitcher from San Diego, Calif., who posted a 6-4 record with a 5.06 ERA in 15 starts. Selik earned victories over then-No. 1 LSU (March 14) and then-No. 25 Kansas State (May 15) during the season, and began the season 4-0 in his first four starts. He recorded 72 strikeouts in 90 2/3 innings, and earned selection to the All-Big 12 Honorable Mention team.

- Tony Thompson, a junior third baseman from Reno, Nev., who missed the first seven weeks of the season, but still managed to hit .338 with 10 doubles, six homers and 38 RBIs. Thompson’s .359 batting average in Big 12 games ranked 11th in the league, while his 29 RBIs in conference play ranked him fifth. Thompson was named a unanimous preseason All-American and the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year by Rivals! He garnered All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades following the season.

- T.J. Walz, a junior right-handed pitcher from Omaha, Neb., won eight games for the second time in as many years as KU’s Friday night starting pitcher. Walz went 8-6 with a 5.06 ERA in 15 starts and a team-high 95 strikeouts in 101 1/3 innings. Walz’ 20 career wins rank him eighth all-time at KU, while he tied for second in the league with 59 strikeouts in Big 12 games, and tied for fifth in Big 12 wins (five).

- Jimmy Waters, a junior outfielder from Council Bluffs, Iowa, hit .309 with a team-high nine homers and 62 RBIs. He finished tied for the league lead in RBIs in Big 12 games (34) and ranked fourth in overall RBIs (62). Waters enjoyed a big series back near his home town at Nebraska, hitting four homers and driving in eight runs in three games against the Huskers.

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