Aug. 31, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s Ross Kivett, RJ Santigate, Gerardo Esquivel and Jared King each picked up honors from various baseball organizations for their performance this summer as Baseball America and Perfect Game have released their post-summer rankings.
Among the honors, Kivett, Santigate and King were each named one of the top prospects in their respective leagues by Baseball America, giving K-State the most among all Big 12 teams.
Kivett, who played for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, was named the league’s player of the year and, in turn, picked up multiple honors. Kivett, who led the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) with a .401 batting average, was a First Team All-American second baseman among all summer leagues by Perfect Game, while the organization also named him the eighth-best professional prospect in the PGCBL.
Additionally, Kivett was named the 10th best pro prospect in the league by Baseball America. Aside from leading the league in average, he was also tops in the nine-team league in hits (61), on-base percentage (.497) and stolen bases (37). That came on the heels of his sophomore campaign at K-State in which he hit .286 with 10 doubles, five triples and 28 RBI to go along with 25 steals, a mark that ranked second in the Big 12.
Santigate, who helped the East Texas PumpJacks win the Texas Collegiate League, was named the 10th-best prospect in the TCL by Baseball America, while Perfect Game slotted the third baseman 12th. According to Baseball America, “every coach in the league said Santigate was one of the TCL’s best hitters with a smooth, balanced stroke from the left side.”
A product of Las Vegas, Nev., Santigate hit .268 (52-for-194) this summer with three doubles, three triples and 18 RBI, earning TCL All-Star accolades. During his first season in Manhattan, the former community-college transfer finished his sophomore season with a .204 average with six doubles, one home run and 17 RBI. He came on strong towards the end of the year as he started 13 of the last 15 games – including the final 12 – hitting .295 and driving in nine runs during that stretch.
Also helping East Texas win the TCL, Esquivel was judged the 14th-best prospect in the league by Perfect Game. The right-hander, who saw time in 29 games for the PumpJacks, produced a 2-1 record and a 1.77 ERA in relief with one save during the summer. The Chicago, Ill., product allowed just seven earned runs on 29 hits with 11 walks and 36 strikeouts in 35.2 innings. Esquivel, who was also a TCL All-Star, finished his sophomore season at K-State holding a 3-1 record with a 6.14 ERA and two saves in 48.1 innings over 22 appearances.
King was named the 25th-best prospect in the prestigious Cape Code League by Baseball America, while he was rated 30th by Perfect Game. The outfielder hit .308 (33-for-107) with 10 doubles, three home runs and seven RBI in an abbreviated summer. The Dublin, Ohio, product is coming off a sophomore year at K-State in which he led the Wildcats in hitting at .377 with 15 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 47 RBI.
Kansas State begins fall practices on Monday, September 17. The K-State Fall World Series will be conducted in late October.