To the twelve players mentioned in our initial edition of “In The Pros”, four names have been added. Kayvon Bahramzadeh, Jake Brown, Wade Hinkle and Dan Klein were all taken in the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft today. While Bahramzadeh had been drafted previously (by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 47th round of the 2008 draft), the other three players were drafted for the first time.
Selected in the 24th round (#739 overall), Bahramzadeh is the fourth Wildcat to be drafted by the Oakland Athletics. The Los Angeles Angels selected Hinkle in the 27th round (#837 overall). This was the first time the franchise has taken a K-State player in the draft. Klein was taken in the 28th round (#865 overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays, while Brown went in the 30th round (#921 overall) to the Chicago White Sox.
In addition to the above-mentioned seniors, three members of Coach Hill’s recruiting class were drafted. Cody Gunter, a third baseman/pitcher out of Flower Mound, Texas, went the highest, as the 19th round selection (#587 overall) of the Miami Marlins. Blake McFadden, a right-handed pitcher, was selected in the 32nd round (#994 overall) by the Detroit Tigers, while Matt Fultz, a catcher, was taken in the 34th round (#1043 overall) by the Cleveland Indians. It is not certain whether the three signees will attend KSU or sign professional contracts, but I would be somewhat surprised if all three don’t end up on campus next season.
The four seniors selected brings the total number of BatCats drafted under head coach Brad Hill to 33.