Marshall, King Selected in Fourth Round of MLB Draft

Evan Marshall

June 7, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State juniors Evan Marshall and Jason King were selected in the fourth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Tuesday. Marshall was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the third pick of the fourth round (No. 124 overall), while the Detroit Tigers selected King 13 picks later with the 16th selection of the round (No. 137 overall).

Marshall and King became the first two Wildcats drafted in the top-four rounds of the regular draft in the same year since 1969. They are also the third and fourth K-State players taken in the top five rounds over the past three years, following A.J. Morris (fourth round, Washington) in 2009 and Carter Jurica (third round, San Francisco) last season.

A right-handed relief pitcher, Marshall is the second K-State player ever selected by Arizona after Eli Rumler was drafted by the organization in the 39th round of the 2007 draft. King is the first Wildcat drafted by Detroit since Heath Schesser was taken in the fifth round in 1997.

A product of Sunnyvale, Calif., Marshall was one of the Wildcats' top relievers in 2011 as he held a 5-5 record and a 1.62 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 30 appearances. He finished his junior campaign second in school history in appearances, while his ERA ranked third. In his three-year career, Marshall made 85 appearances to rank second in Kansas State history.

King, a 2011 Second Team All-Big 12 selection, rebounded from a season-ending injury prior to the 2010 campaign to lead the Wildcats with a .326 batting average this year. The third baseman had 35 extra-base hits in 2011, including 10 home runs, and drove in a team-high 59 RBI.

The career record holder in career (22) and single-season (12) sacrifice flies, King also finished the 2011 campaign third in school history in extra-base hits, sixth games started (61), seventh in doubles (19), triples (6) and games played (61), eighth in total bases (136), ninth in at-bats (230) and 10th in RBI. He also finished in the top 10 in school history in seven other career categories.

The 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft continues Tuesday as teams select through round 30. Rounds 31-50 will be conducted Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m. (CT).