Kansas State center fielder Jared King has decided to turn pro, and will sign with the New York Mets on Tuesday, according to K-State’s athletics website.
“I wouldn’t call it a no-brainer, but I’m ready to start my pro career,” King said of the decision. “It would be hard to imagine a better year to end my K-State career with. I think I’m ready physically and mentally. It’s my time to leave and go to the next level.”
King was selected in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball Draft, and will forgo his senior season with the Wildcats. The Dublin, Ohio native was one of the team’s top players. As a junior, he hit .335 with seven home runs and 53 RBI.
Big 12 player of the year Ross Kivett and first baseman Shane Conlon were also selected in the draft, but remain undecided about their futures. Kivett said he will consider his options before making a decision. Conlon said he is leaning toward returning to K-State.