Kansas State closer Jordan Floyd never quite reached Wade Davis levels for the Wildcats, but he took a step towards getting there for Kansas City on Tuesday.
OK, so that’s still a long shot at best even after the Royals drafted Floyd 300th overall with their 10th round selection Tuesday afternoon. Then again, Davis hardly showed any signs of being a dominant reliever until he became one, so let’s not write off any possibilities for KSU’s all-time leader in appearances just yet.
Floyd set that record back on April 29 and finished his career with 91 appearances, including 30 as a junior last season. The Shawnee Heights standout didn’t take over as a closer until this year and he made the most of his opportunities, notching a perfect 10 saves in 10 chances.
A couple ugly outings in the middle of the season contributed heavily to a 5.04 ERA, but he gave up only two runs in his last five appearances. No doubt the Royals were able to look past some not-so-impressive numbers thanks to an imposing, 6-foot-2, 250-pound frame, and it probably helped Floyd that he was an All-Star with 10 saves, an 0.39 ERA and an 0.83 WHIP in 23 innings for the Mat-Su Miners in the elite Alaska Baseball League last summer.
The Yankees drafted Floyd in the 25th round of the 2013 draft, so obviously he made a great decision to go to school instead of join the Evil Empire. He’s only the third Kansas State pitcher to be drafted in the last five years, joining Lucas Benenati (Cincinnati Reds, 10th round, 2016) and Nate Griep (Milwaukee Brewers, 8th round, 2015).
42 Kansas State players have been drafted since Brad Hill took over the program in 2004, including 17 pitchers, but Floyd is only the second Wildcat to drafted by the Royals during that time. He’s the first pitcher to be selected by KC since eighth-round pick Eric Yanz in 1997. It’s the fifth straight year a Kansas State player has been selected in the first 10 rounds of the draft.