The 2017 MLB Draft wrapped up yesterday, and on the final day of the draft three current Wildcats and at least one K-State signee heard their name called by MLB teams. Joining Jordan Floyd, who was drafted in the 10th round on Tuesday: K-State 2016 & 2017 home run leader Jake Scudder, who was taken in the 16th round by the Nationals; and two-year starting pitcher Parker Rigler (the guy who threw the no-hitter this year) and sophomore catcher Josh Rolette, who were drafted in the 31st by the White Sox and the 39th by the Indians, respectively. K-State baseball signee Jake Webb, out of Pittsburg, KS, was drafted in the 19th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Floyd, Scudder, and Rigler are all seniors, and will all very-likely sign their deals (instead of trying to play in an independent league), while Rolette, who was selected in the 18th round just two years ago out of high school, will have the opportunity to turn down this offer and re-join the Wildcats for his junior year. Webb is the biggest name in the 2017 recruiting class, and it was anticipated he would get drafted this summer. Webb has yet to announce if he will accept the Pirates offer or join K-State in the fall.
March Through Time
Our fearless leader Jon Morse continued his March Through Time series with the end of the Wildcats run in the KCAC and the start of the Wildcats journey in the Missouri Valley Conference. In the 1912-13, the last in the KCAC, the Aggies won the unofficial conference titles in football and basketball, while sliding to a losing record in baseball. The 1913-14 start to the Aggies MVC existence was rocky in every sport, but the baseball team did beat KU a few times, so it wasn’t all bad.
Wednesday marked 80 days until kickoff, and as such BracketCat dropped in a profile of legacy walk-on wide receiver Landry Weber. Weber is the youngest son of Stan Weber, former K-State QB and current analyst for the K-State Radio Network football broadcasts, and follows in the footsteps of his older brother Stanton Weber, who was also a walk-on wide receiver for the Cats.
K-State Sports announced the addition of a transfer golfer to the K-State program, as Connor Chesky joins the Wildcats after redshirtting his first collegiate season at South Carolina. According to the release, Chesky has been granted a one-time transfer waiver and will be eligible to compete immediately for K-State.
The north end of campus continues to grow, as the K-State Foundation had a groundbreaking last week for Phase II of the K-State Office Park. As reported by Alexcia Rodriguez at the K-State Collegian, the expansion to the park will create more opportunities for K-State students and faculty, as well as the Manhattan community. One of the Park’s main focuses will be tenants with corporate interest in the new National Bio-Agro Defense Facility that will be across the Denison/Kimball corner from the Park, but will also include local business including “Bluestem Grill”, a restaurant offshoot of Bluestem Bistro, a coffee shop in the heart of Aggieville.