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King to sign deal with Mets

By Joel Jellison

After a wild ride that included the first league title in 80 years and the first trip to a Super Regional in school history, Kansas State outfielder Jared King will go pro.

In a story on the K-State athletics website Monday, King said he intended to sign with the New York Mets today, and forgo his senior season.

The Mets selected King in the fifth round of this year’s MLB Draft, tabbing him as a left-field prospect for their organization. King primarily played center field for the Wildcats during his three-year career.

“I wouldn’t call it a no-brainer, but I’m ready to start my pro career,” King said. “It would be hard to imagine a better year to end my K-State career with. I think I’m ready physically and mentally. It’s my time to leave and go to the next level.”

King’s older brother, Jason, was drafted in the fourth round by Detroit three years ago, and also chose to skip his senior season.

Along with King, second baseman Ross Kivett and first baseman Shane Conlon were also drafted, but have yet to announce their plans.

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