Wolfe Selected by Astros on Final Day of MLB Draft

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State senior infielder @Tyler Wol became the second Wildcat to be selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft as he was taken by the Houston Astros in the 39th round on Saturday.

Wolfe was joined by senior pitcher Lucas Benenati (10th round, Cincinnati Reds) to form the pair of K-State draft selections. Signee and incoming freshman Cole Duensing was also selected in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Angels.

A native of Maple Plain, Minnesota, Wolfe was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention as a junior and played in all 114 games during his K-State career. Primarily a shortstop with the Wildcats, he hit .285 (117-for-410) with 20 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 67 RBI.

As an All-Big 12 selection in 2015, Wolfe led the Wildcats in conference-only hitting with a .366 clip. The three-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week was also the team leader in hits, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage during Big 12 play. For his overall season, he hit .287 with 12 extra-base hits and 30 RBI while he also pitched in three games.

In 2016, Wolfe had career-highs in hits (61), doubles (11), home runs (3) and RBI (37) and played in 48 games at shortstop and nine at second base. While he batted .284 for the overall season, the former Des Moines Area Community College transfer hit .339 (21-for-62) with 11 RBI over the final 17 contests of the season.

Wolfe is only the second Wildcat to be drafted by Houston, joining former pitcher Jared Brite (2004).

Wolfe is also the 58th MLB Draft selection under K-State head coach Brad Hill and 32nd to not be drafted out of high school.

K-State Selections in the 2016 MLB Draft
Round 6 (No. 186 overall): RHP Cole Duensing, Los Angeles Angels
Round 10 (No. 288 overall): RHP Lucas Benenati, Cincinnati Reds
Round 39 (No. 1,177 overall): INF Tyler Wolfe, Houston Astros