May 14, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A view of batting practice baseballs before a game between the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Baseball: Five Jayhawks Picked in MLB Draft

On Saturday, four former Kansas Jayhawks baseball players, one current player, plus one future player were picked in the MLB Draft. Alex DeLeon, Tanner Poppe, Thomas Taylor, Kevin Kuntz, Frank Duncan, and Denton Keys heard their name called.

DeLeon led the slew of Jayhawks selected as the St. Louis Cardinals picked him in the 23rd round. DeLeon, was a honorable mention for the Big-12 last season after batting .319, and leading the team in home-runs, RBI’s, and doubles.

Taylor, was next to go as the LA Dodgers picked him in the 26th round. The pitcher led the Jayhawks with six wins on the season and a 2.33 ERA. Taylor, also was named to the Big 12 honorable mention squad.

The Kansas City Royals picked Kuntz in the 28th round. The shortstop was picked by the Royals in 2009 before suiting up for the Jayhawks. His batting average for the year was .310.

Poppe was picked in the 31st round by the Milwaukee Brewers. The pitcher posted a 4-3 record and an ERA of 4.23. This was Poppe’s third time being drafted overall and second straight year.

Duncan as a junior can elect to return for the Jayhawks. He was picked in the 39th round by Cleveland. Duncan finished with an ERA of 4.20 in 20 game appearances.

Keys as an recruit was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 11th round. The left-hander threw four no-hitters at Rye High School and can throw an 91-mph fastball.


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