K-State Duo Drafted in Seventh Round of MLB Draft

Nick Martini

June 7, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's Nick Martini and James Allen were both selected in the seventh round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Tuesday. Martini was taken with the 19th pick of the seventh round (No. 230 overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals, and Allen was drafted five spots later with the 24th pick of the round (No. 235 overall) by the Cincinnati Reds.

Martini and Allen are the third and fourth Wildcats to be picked in the 2011 draft after Evan Marshall and Jason King were both taken in the fourth round earlier in the day.

The Wildcats' four draftees in the top seven rounds are the most in school history and equals the amount of top-seven round picks over the previous 13 years combined. Kansas State has produced seven top-seven round picks over the past four seasons, six of which were not drafted out of high school.

Martini, an outfielder from Crystal Lake, Ill., became the first Kansas State player drafted by St. Louis since pitcher Brandon Peck was selected in the 28th round of the 1999 draft. Allen, K-State's closer each of the last three years, is the fourth Wildcat selected by Cincinnati in the past six drafts and follows infielder Adam Muenster, who was selected by the organization in 2010.

A 2011 Honorable Mention All-Big 12 pick, Martini tied for team-high honors this season with a .326 batting average, while he also recorded 15 doubles, four triples, one home run and 44 RBI in 61 games, helping the Wildcats earn their third-straight NCAA Regional berth. He held a NCAA record streak of 93 consecutive games reaching base safely (by virtue of a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch) from the final game of his freshman season through April 16 of 2011. During the reached-base streak, Martini also set the school record with a 26 game hitting streak in 2010.

Martini recorded a successful sophomore campaign in 2010 as he was named the Big 12 Player of the Year and a Second Team All-American. The outfielder led the Big 12 with a .416 batting average, including a .433 mark in league play to rank eighth in conference history at the time.

Martini sits in the top 10 of 15 career categories at Kansas State, including stolen bases (second, 62), doubles (fourth, 49), hits (sixth, 246), singles (sixth, 178), batting average (seventh, .360) and RBI (ninth, 153).

Allen was one of the top closers in the nation this season as he set the K-State records for career (31) and single-season (17) saves, setting both marks by five saves. His 31 career saves are also tied for fourth in Big 12 history.

The right-hander also held a 3-1 record and a 1.35 ERA this season, and he struck out 45 batters as opposed to just 11 walks in 40.0 innings of work. Allen's 29 appearances in 2011 were tied for the third-most in school history, while he also ranks second in career relief appearances with 81.

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).