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Slate: MLB Draft Streak Extended

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Plus Snyder not slowing down, other football notes, and a track story

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Baseball

The Wildcats may be without a returning letterman next season, as the Cleveland Indians selected junior OF/LHP Will Brennan in the eighth round (250th overall) of the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. With his selection, the former Freshman All-American and First Team All-Big 12 selection extends K-State baseball’s draft streak to 16 years, and is K-State’s highest draft pick since Nate Griep was taken in the eighth round back in 2015. Brennan could return to K-State for his senior season, but the guaranteed money available to the Stilwell, KS native will likely be too much for him to pass-up.

K-State’s freshman phenom Jordan Wicks is not done picking up post-season honors, and was named a 2019 Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball this morning. Wicks is the ninth Fresham All-American selection by the publication, and is the first since both Will Brennan and Cameron Thompson were so-honored in 2017.

Football

Bill Snyder has no plans to slow down in retirement, and the Hall of Fame-er spoke with Chris Low at ESPN about Snyder’s slightly-less packed schedule which is laden with speaking engagements across the region. Snyder also talked about the decisions surrounding his retirement, his son Sean Snyder, his eating habits while coaching, and his recent battle with cancer. Ton’s of great info in there, be sure not to skip this one!

Our SBNation brethren over at Arrowhead Pride took a look at Byron Pringle, and are extremely optimistic about the second-year pro’s chances of not only making the 53-man roster, but also making an impact for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019. GoPowercat also ran a “On the Record” feature (free-to-read) of Pringle with quotes from the KC Catbackers event this past weekend.

Track & Field

To transition from football to track & field, Morgan Coffman (T&F) and Zach Reuter (football) were selected as two of the 20 athletes to receive the Big 12’s Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship, as announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon. Coffman had previously been selected to the CoSIDA 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District VII First Team and Reuter to the CoSIDA 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team for the achievements in the classroom.

Simone Fassina took an injury to his ankle, and turned it into a new focus, as the senior learned to jump off his other leg in order to continue competing for K-State in the decathlon. It wasn’t an easy road for the Italian, but it has paid off for Fassina who is now preparing NCAA Outdoor Championships in Austin, TX, where he will compete today and tomorrow.