MaVorhis Signs as Undrafted Free Agent with St. Louis

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Former K-State pitcher Levi MaVorhis signed as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals and was assigned to the organization’s rookie affiliate, the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League.

A four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats, MaVorhis logged the most wins, innings and strikeouts for K-State from 2013-16. The right-hander was a member of the 2013 Big 12 championship-winning team and appeared in 10 or more games in each of his four campaigns. He led the team in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched as a sophomore and senior.

MaVorhis capped his career with a stellar senior season as he was the Wildcats’ top strikeout pitcher with the best control. He struck out a career-high 76 over 83 2/3 innings while he only issued 15 walks for a 5.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He also posted a 6-5 record with a 4.20 ERA and one complete game in 14 starts.

A native of Freeland, Washington, MaVorhis finished in the program’s top-10 for career wins (T-4th, 19), games started (4th, 37), innings pitched (6th, 247.1) and shutouts (T-1st, 2). Over his entire career, he had a 4.44 ERA and struck out 162 against 50 walks in 62 appearances.

He was named to the 2013 All-Big 12 Freshman Team and earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors three times.

MaVorhis is the third Wildcat from the 2016 roster to join an MLB organization as fellow seniors Lucas Benenati (Cincinnati Reds) and Tyler Wolfe (Houston Astros) were drafted in the 10th and 39th round, respectively. Benenati was assigned to the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League while Wolfe has yet to be assigned to one of the Astros’ minor league affiliates.

There are currently 12 former Wildcats in affiliated baseball.