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King, Kivett selected early in MLB Draft

By Joel Jellison

Kansas State juniors Jared King and Ross Kivett were selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft Friday.

Wildcats’ first baseman Shane Conlon was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 21st round on Saturday.

K-State has had at least two players taken in the top-10 rounds in two of the past three years.

King was selected by the New York Mets in the fifth round — 146th overall — while Kivett was taken by the Cleveland Indians in the 10th round with the 291st overall pick.

The Mets selected King as a left fielder, as he became the fifth Wildcat to be drafted in the top five rounds since 2009, and the highest since his brother, Jason (Detroit), and Evan Marshall (Arizona) were taken in the fourth round in 2011.

King is the third Wildcat to be taken by the Mets, who most drafted Lance Hoge in 2009.

King, a native of Dublin, Ohio, is hitting .327 this season with 15 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 51 RBIs.

The K-State outfielder boasts a career average of .339 with 42 doubles, eight triples, 21 home runs and 138 RBIs.

Kivett was selected by his hometown Indians, making him the sixth Cat to be selected by Cleveland and third since 2006.

The Wildcats’ second baseman was the Big 12 Player of the Year this season — hitting .363 with 13 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 39 RBIs. Kivett as named an All-American by Collegiate Baseball, and was named the MVP of the Manhattan Regional.

Conlon, who is hitting .350 with seven home runs and 28 RBIs, was taken 624th overall.

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