SEVERAL WILDCATS AWAIT DRAFT CALL
By Mark Janssen
The baseball lives of at least four Kansas State players could very well change today with dreams realized with the ring of the cell phone.
Based in Secaucus, N.J., and televised by the Major League Baseball Network, the 2011 Major League Draft will take place today through Wednesday.
Entering this past weekend's NCAA Regional in Fullerton, Calif., Marshall said of his future, "You never know. My only focus has been winning for K-State. I've been trying to take the 'I' out of the game and play for the team. Another year at K-State would be wonderful, but if something happens like they're talking about, that would be very tempting."
Martini would only say, "If there's an opportunity, great, but I'll worry about that later."
Scouts have also pointed to third baseman Jason King and closer James Allen as other possible Top 15 round draft selections, along with starting pitcher Kyle Hunter, outfielder Mike Kindel and catcher Dan Klein as other possible lower round selections.
EVAN MARSHALL, 6-1, 207, JR, RHP
What the scouts say: Profiles as a set-up man rather than a closer... loose, resilient arm with ability to hit 96 miles per hour... "big-time fastball and big-time breaking ball... has mentality to come out of the bullpen... has a 'swing and miss-type breaking ball," said one scout... could go in third to fifth round.
Resume: 5-5, 1.71 ERA, 1 save... teams hit .220 against him... did not allow a home run in 58 innings of work.
NICK MARTINI, 5-11, 192, JR, OF
What the scouts say: Gifted left-hand hitter with quick hands... line-drive swing... knowledge of strike zone... range fits left field... average arm... "a difficult draft because he doesn't have the profile for professional baseball... doesn't have the thump to be a corner outfielder, doesn't have the speed the next level wants for centerfield... regardless of profile, he's a hitter," offered one scout... projected seventh to 10th round.
Resume: Enjoyed an NCAA record of reaching base in 93 consecutive games going back to the 2009 season... hit .326 this season, but .360 for his career... second in all-time steals with 62.
JASON KING, 6-0, 213, JR, 3B
What the scouts say: "His makeup and attitude in life is outstanding... gifted athlete and near 4.0 student... come through adversity in flying colors... doesn't look pretty like some of the Latin players, but will knock it down and throw them out," said one scout... missing last year due to Tommy John surgery is not believed to hurt him... senior age-wise... projected in Rounds 10-12.
Resume: Hit .333 with 19 doubles, 10 homers and 57 RBI... 22 career home runs ranks 10th in school history... leads nation with 12 sacrifice flies... 3.96 GPA.
JAMES ALLEN, 6-0, 197, JR, CLOSER
What the scouts say: "He's a guy that has us scratching our heads... he doesn't really throw hard and has just two pitches that are average at our level... could turn into a starter," said one scout... throws fastball and slider... can hit 94 miles per hour, but normally in the 89-91 range... has no flaws in delivery... young to pitching as only started as senior in high school... projected ninth to 12th round.
Resume: Candidate for Stopper of the Year and Pitcher of the Year Awards... record holder with 17 saves in single season and 29 for a career... 1.35 ERA this season... teams hit .179 against him.
KYLE HUNTER, 6-2, 207, JR, SP: 5-5, 4.26 ERA... 78 strikeouts in 86.2 innings
MIKE KINDEL, 6-2, 200, JR, OF: hit .246 with seven home runs
DAN KLEIN, 5-9, 171, JR, C: arm impressed scouts at Big 12 Tournament... .291 hitter
WILDCATS NOW IN THE PROS
Jared Goedert, Cleveland, AAA
Nate Tenbrink, Seattle, AA
Justin Bloxom, Washington, High-A
Ben Hornbeck, Oakland, High-A
Trevor Hurley, Texas, High-A
Carter Jurica, San Francisco, High-A
A.J. Morris, Chicago Cubs, High-A (injured)
Drew Biery, San Francisco, Low-A
Adam Muenster, Cincinnati, Rookie
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