Kivett Helps West Michigan Win Midwest League Championship

Former K-State baseball All-American Ross Kivett, in his first full professional season, helped the West Michigan Whitecaps win the 2015 Midwest League Championship on Monday.

Kivett, who played in all five games of the championship series against Cedar Rapids, served as the Whitecaps’ leadoff hitter and centerfielder for their entire playoff run which resulted in the franchise’s sixth league title. West Michigan trailed in the championship series, 2-1, but won the final two games, both by one-run margins.

In 10 postseason contests, Kivett hit .275 (11-for-40) with three walks and two stolen bases.

The former Big 12 Player of the Year spent the entire campaign with the Whitecaps, leading the team in runs (75) and stolen bases (28) while also finishing second in hits (140) and doubles (28), tied for third in home runs (5), and fourth in RBI (50). In the league, Kivett was in the top-10 for hits (T-5th), runs (6th), and stolen bases (9th).

So far in his brief career, Kivett has earned New York-Penn League All-Star honors (2014), spent time in Major League Spring Training with the Detroit Tigers (2015) and now helped the Tigers’ Class A affiliate win a league title.

West Michigan qualified for the Midwest League playoffs with a second-place finish in the second half standings.

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Kivett was not the only former Wildcat helping his professional team make a late postseason run as former Golden Spikes Award finalist A.J. Morris and the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians came within one victory of wining the International League title. The right-hander pitched three times in the championship series against the Columbus Clippers, including in the decisive game five on September 19. Morris threw 3 1/3 shutout innings in the final contest of the series, but the Indians were shut out by the Clippers, 3-0.

Morris finished his 2015 season, his first full year at the Triple-A level, by going 5-3 with a 2.44 ERA (23er, 84.2ip) and three saves in 44 appearances (three starts). The 28-year-old held opponents to a .240 batting average against and struck out 72 against 22 walks.