Kansas State junior Jared King picked up his second preseason All-America accolade Thursday, as he was selected by Major League Baseball scouting directors to Baseball America’s All-America team.
King, a third-team member, is just the second Wildcat under head coach Brad Hill to earn All-America honors from Baseball America, joining Nick Martini (2011).
Coupled with his second-team honor from Perfect Game, King is the second K-State player in the last three years to earn multiple preseason All-America accolades, as Martini was also honored by Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) prior to the 2011 season.
A native of Dublin, Ohio, King led the Big 12 during the 2012 regular season with a .378 batting average en route to First-Team All-Midwest Region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Second-Team All-Big 12 accolades.
King concluded his sophomore campaign in the top 10 of the Big 12 in 10 offensive categories, including top-five marks in overall average (second; .377), total bases (third; 127), multi-hit games (third; 27), slugging percentage (third; .577), hits (fourth; 83) and triples (fifth; 4).
King enters the 2013 season eight points shy of entering K-State’s career top 10 for batting average and one point shy in slugging percentage.
Baseball America annually polls major league scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential.
In the past, the preseason All-America team has been a predictor of the top rounds of the draft as 15 draft-eligible members of last year’s teams were selected in the top three rounds.
The Wildcats begin the 2013 season at The Citadel Memorial Challenge, Feb. 15-17, at Riley Park in Charleston, S.C.
K-State opens the season against High Point before taking on The Citadel and George Mason.
Following another trip to South Carolina to play Coastal Carolina, Elon and Kentucky, the Wildcats begin their 31-game home schedule and a 19-game homestand with a three-game series against Oakland, Friday-Sunday, March 1-3, at Tointon Family Stadium.