Two K-State Wildcats, senior Ross Kivett and redshirt junior Mitch Meyer, were selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft on Friday. Kivett, who returned for his senior season after being selected in last year’s MLB Draft, was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the sixth round (190th overall) while Meyer was selected in the seventh round (206th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers.
This year marks the second time in the last four years that K-State had at least two players taken in the first seven rounds of the Draft. Since 2011, K-State has had eight players taken in the top 10 rounds.
A native of Broadview Heights, Ohio, Kivett batted .326 (277-for-851) with a .418 OBP, 42 doubles, 11 triples, 7 home runs, 119 RBI, and 80 stolen bases in his K-State career. He also hit .321 and posted a .394 OBP in Big 12-only games.
Kivett, who played five different positions as a Wildcat but was listed as an outfielder in this year’s Draft, is one of 14 All-Americans in school history and one of three Wildcats to be named conference player of the year. He was twice named to the All-Big 12 Team and Academic All-Big 12 Team in his career.
Kivett finished his career among K-State’s all-time top 10 in several categories, including first in stolen bases (80), second in games played (225) and games started (215), tied for second in runs (181), and third in hits (277). He also finished his career having started 207 consecutive games, the longest such streak in school history.
He is the first active Wildcat to be drafted by Detroit since Jason King was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 Draft. Current sophomore pitcher Blake McFadden was drafted by the Tigers in the 32nd round of the 2012 Draft out of Savannah High School. Seven Wildcats have now been drafted by Detroit since the first draft in 1965.
Meyer, a native of Stilwell, Kansas, became the first active Wildcat to be drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers franchise in school history. Former K-State pitcher Kayvon Bahramzedah was selected by the Brewers in the 2008 Draft out of high school.
A product of Blue Valley High School, Meyer batted .277 (85-for-307) with 30 extra-base hits and a .446 slugging percentage in 121 career games at K-State.
In his junior season in 2014, Meyer drew a career-high 18 walks – after having four walks in his first 70 career games – while batting .264 (39-for-148) with eight doubles, a triple, three home runs, and 26 RBI in 51 games (45 starts). The games started, hits, and doubles were all career-bests while he also established a career-high in outfield assists with four. Over his final 12 games of the season, Meyer hit .314 with a .385 OBP. He was also named to Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.
During K-State’s run to a Big 12 title and Super Regional in 2013, Meyer hit .281 (36-for-128) in 53 games, but in Big 12 play, he batted .340 (18-for-53) with three triples, three home runs, and 17 RBI.
Both Kivett and Meyer had stellar summer seasons in 2013, with Kivett being named an All-Star in the Cape Cod League while Meyer led the East Texas Pump Jacks of the Texas Collegiate League in batting average, home runs, and RBI.
Kivett’s sixth round selection also gives K-State a player drafted in the first six rounds of the MLB Draft in five of the last six years. Since 2004, when head coach Brad Hill took the helm of the program, 59 Wildcats have been drafted.
Rounds 11-40 of this year’s MLB Draft will take place on Saturday, June 7, starting at 12 pm CT.