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Published On: January 4th, 2011

This week we are catching up with former Waterloo Bucks pitcher, Ken Smalley. The Oakland Athletics selected the Carterville, IL native in the 24th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. Smalley played his collegiate ball at Delta State University. 

In 2008 Smalley played with the short season Vancouver ball team where he appeared in 20 games pitching 29.1 innings. During that time he had a record of 5-1 with a 3.07 ERA with 34 strikeouts and only 12 walks. In 2009 Smalley played for Kane County of the MidWest A league, with KC Smalley appeared in 29 games pitching a total of 131.2 which included 21 starts.  During that time Smalley had a record of 9-8 with an impressive 2.98 ERA, he recorded 119 strikeouts and 60 walks.

This past season Smalley started the season playing for Kane County, where he would appear in 13 games and pitching in 26 innings.  During that time he had a record of 0-2 with a 5.88 ERA while striking out 23 batters and walking 15.  He was then called up to Stockton in the Advanced A league, during his time with Stockton, Smalley appeared in 18 games including 12 starts and pitched 76.2innings.  In that time he had a record of 3-6 with an ERA of 6.46, striking out 64 batters and walking 41.

Smalley was a member of the Waterloo Bucks in the ’08 season. Ken appeared in 7 games and pitched a total of 12.2 innings.  He collected a record of 1-1 with a 3.16 ERA, striking out 12 batters and walking 5.

Check back every Wednesday for another Cathcing up with the Bucks.