June 6, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Ross Kivett, who returned to K-State for his senior season after being drafted in last year’s 10th round, was selected in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers on Friday.
A native of Broadview Heights, Ohio, Kivett batted .326 (277-for-851) with a .418 OBP, 42 doubles, 11 triples, 7 home runs, 119 RBI, and 80 stolen bases in his K-State career. He also hit .321 and posted a .394 OBP in Big 12-only games throughout his career.
Kivett, who played five different positions as a Wildcat but was listed as an outfielder in this year’s Draft, is one of 14 All-Americans in school history and one of three Wildcats to be named conference player of the year. He was twice named to the All-Big 12 Team and Academic All-Big 12 Team in his career.
Kivett finished his career among K-State’s all-time top 10 in several categories, including first in stolen bases (80), second in games played (225) and games started (215), tied for second in runs (181), and third in hits (277). He also finished his career having started 207 consecutive games, the longest such streak in school history.
He is the first active Wildcat to be drafted by Detroit since Jason King was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 Draft. Current sophomore pitcher Blake McFadden was drafted by the Tigers in the 32nd round of the 2012 Draft out of Savannah High School. Seven Wildcats have now been drafted by Detroit since the first draft in 1965.
This past season, Kivett batted .333 (70-for-210) with 13 doubles, 4 home runs, 33 RBI, 35 walks, and 21 stolen bases in 55 games. The home runs and walks were career-highs while he led K-State in hits, doubles, homers, walks, and stolen bases.
As a junior in 2013, he was named an All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year after he batted a career-best .360 and led the Big 12 in hits and runs while finishing second in stolen bases.
The 2013 Cape Cod League All-Star was drafted as a second baseman in the 10th round (291st overall) in 2013 by the Cleveland Indians, but he elected not to sign.