Record Number of Wildcats Taken in 2008 MLB Draft

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State junior third baseman Nate Tenbrink highlighted a school record six Wildcats and four signees who were selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Friday.

 

Joining Tenbrink in the draft class was junior outfielder Byron Wiley, junior pitchers Trevor Hurley, Justin Murray and Ben Hornbeck and senior pitcher Daniel Edwards. The six Wildcats selected were the most in school history, besting the five-man draft class in 1997.

 

Also taken in the draft were incoming freshmen Kyle Hunter, Mike Kindel, Kayvon Bahramzadeh and Randon Henika.

 

The 222nd pick overall, Tenbrink was the 19th selection in the seventh round by the Seattle Mariners. A mainstay at third base the past two years, Tenbrink became the highest Wildcat drafted under head coach Brad Hill and the highest K-State selection since pitcher Mickey Blount went in the fifth round to Minnesota in the 1998 MLB Draft.

 

A member of the 2008 Big 12 All-Tournament Team, Tenbrink is a career .273 hitter with 29 doubles, five triples, 12 home runs and 78 RBI. The Olathe, Kan., native hit .270 this season and led the team in doubles (16) and home runs (9).

 

Wiley, who became the first Kansas State outfielder taken since 2005, was the 659th overall pick in the 22nd round by the Cincinnati Reds. Wiley is the second Wildcat player taken by the Reds in the last four years as Eric Eymann was selected in the 19th round in 2005 and is currently at Double A Chattanooga. A native of Tomball, Texas, Wiley is a career .306 hitter with 22 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs and 90 RBI.

 

Four picks later at No. 663, the Texas Rangers selected Trevor Hurley with its pick the 22nd round. Hurley, also a Tomball, Texas, product, is the first Wildcat picked up by the Rangers since Steve Murphy who is currently at Double A Frisco in 2005. The right-handed pitcher holds a career record of 1-5 and a 5.99 ERA and three saves.

 

The first K-State player ever to be taken by the Philadelphia Phillies, Edwards was selected with pick No. 766 in the 25th round. Edwards improved his draft status from last year as the senior right handed-pitcher from Kingwood, Texas, was drafted in the 27th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians.

 

Edwards leaves Kansas State as the career record holder in saves (26), game appearances (86) and relief appearances (86), and broke the single-season saves record with 12 in 2008. Edwards held a career 9-7 record with a 3.06 ERA and stuck out 146 batters in just 123.2 innings.

 

Murray was the first of two Kansas State pitchers taken by the Oakland Athletics when the A’s selected the Manhattan, Kan., product with the 874th overall pick in the 29th round. The righty became the first player ever selected by the A’s. A weekend starter this season for the first time in his career, Murray went 3-2 and held a 4.21 ERA in 72.2 innings. He is 8-5 with a 4.63 ERA in his three-year career at Kansas State.

 

Three rounds later, Hornbeck was also taken by the Athletics as the 964th overall pick in the 32nd round. The left handed pitcher is 6-4 in his career with a 4.69 ERA.

 

Hunter, a left-handed pitcher from Galesburg, Ill., was the first of four Kansas State signees selected as he was the first pick in the 33rd round No. 983 overall by the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

Kindel, an outfielder from Springboro, Ohio, was taken No. 1302 overall in the 43rd round by Seattle.

 

Another two K-State signees were taken in the 47th round as Bahramzadeh, a right-handed pitcher, was pick No. 1411 by Milwaukee and Henika, an infielder, was selected No. 1422 overall by Cleveland.

 

Kansas State has now had 14 players drafted in Hill’s five seasons in Manhattan and 25 total since the Big 12 opened play in 1997. Furthermore, Tenbrink and Murray became the first two undrafted Kansas high school products under Hill to be drafted following their junior seasons.