June 30, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Former K-State third baseman RJ Santigate signed with the Los Angeles Angels as a non-drafted free agent, the Angels announced last week.
A product of Las Vegas, Nevada, Santigate played for the Wildcats from 2012 to 2014, capping a career with a senior year in which he led the team in hitting with a career-best .335 batting average and was named to the ABCA Midwest All-Region Second Team. Also in his senior season, Santigate was among the team leaders in stolen bases (second, 15), multi-hit games (tied for second, 19), and OBP (second among qualifiers, .415).
In 163 career games at K-State, Santigate batted .303 (161-for-532) with 73 RBI and 28 stolen bases. He started 113 of K-State’s 119 games over the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and he hit .324 or higher in both campaigns.
Santigate was also named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team twice in his career and earned CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 honors in 2013. He graduated in 2013 with a degree in social science and worked towards a second degree in 2013-14 in secondary education.
Santigate, who started his collegiate career with Long Beach State in 2010 before a season with Central Arizona College in 2011, was drafted by the Angels out of Bishop Gorman (Nev.) High School in 2009. Los Angeles selected Santigate in the 44th round, but he elected not to sign.
Santigate joins teammates Austin Fisher, Ross Kivett, and Mitch Meyer from last year’s team in the pro ranks. Fifteen Wildcats currently play professionally, with Evan Marshall (Arizona) and Carlos Torres (New York Mets) pitching in the Major Leagues.