Hunter Taken on Final Day of MLB Draft

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State left-handed pitcher Kyle Hunter was selected by the New York Yankees with the 32nd pick of the 43rd round (No. 1315 overall) during the final day of the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Wednesday afternoon.

Hunter and a trio of signees - Johnny Fasola, Levi Schlick and Blake Freeman - pushed K-State's draft class to six members this season and 17 over the last three years. This year's class featured four newcomers, the most at Kansas State under head coach Brad Hill.

Hunter, a draft-eligible sophomore, was the third current Wildcat taken in the draft after shortstop Carter Jurica was selected in the third round by San Francisco, while third baseman Adam Muenster was taken in the 29th round by Cincinnati. Another signee, Mason Justice, was selected on Tuesday in the 21st round by Boston.

A product of Galesburg, Ill., Hunter was drafted out of high school in the 33rd round in 2008 by Tampa Bay. He becomes the fourth Wildcat drafted by the Yankees in school history, but just the first since pitcher Jim Haller was taken in the 24th round of the 1989 MLB Draft.

This season, Hunter went 9-2 with a 4.59 ERA. His nine wins were tied for second in school history with five other players. He also started 16 games to tie four other Wildcats for the most in school history. For his efforts, Hunter earned honorable mention accolades from the Big 12 coaches.

Hunter led Kansas State to its first ever home win over a No. 1 team in school history when he limited Texas to just one run on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings of work on May 7.

Fasola, a right-handed pitcher from Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 27th pick of the 36th round (No. 1102 overall). Fasola led the Warriors to a Division II Ohio runner-up finish for the second-straight year. He sent Walsh Jesuit into the state finals as he went 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored, while he also pitched four no-hit innings with five strikeouts in the state semifinal game.

Three rounds later, the Chicago White Sox selected Schlick, a left-handed pitcher out of Barton County CC, with the 15th pick of the 39th round (No. 1178 overall). Schlick was one of the top pitchers in the Jayhawk Conference as he earned a 5-4 record and held a 2.11 ERA in 64.0 innings pitched this past season. The Colby, Kan., product allowed just 15 runs in 11 starts, while he struck out 77 batters as opposed to 32 walks.

With the 16th pick of the 45th round (No. 1361 overall), Tampa Bay selected Freeman from Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix, Ariz. Freeman, a left-handed pitcher, held a 0.78 ERA as he allowed just three earned runs in 27 innings pitched last season for the Vikings. He also allowed 19 hits and limited opponents to a .190 batting average.


Name                           Pos.     Team                            Round/Overall Pick
Carter Jurica                  SS        San Francisco               3rd/105
Mason Justice*              RHP      Boston                          21st/653
Adam Muenster             3B         Cincinnati                      29th/907
Johnny Fasola*              RHP      Los Angeles (NL)           36th/1102
Levi Schlick*                  LHP      Chicago (AL)                  39th/1178
Kyle Hunter                   LHP       New York (AL)               43rd/1315
Blake Freeman*             RHP      Tampa Bay                    45th/1361

* Indicates incoming player