When the Cleveland Indians selected Kansas State second baseman Ross Kivett in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball Draft earlier this month, he was tempted to forgo his senior year in order to pursue a pro career.
He was coming off a season in which he hit .360 and chosen Big 12 player of the year. Combined with a trip to the first NCAA Super Regional in K-State history, Kivett could have finished his college career on a high note.
But after two weeks of deliberation, Kivett realized he wanted more out of his college experience. On Thursday, he announced he will return to K-State for his final season.
“We have an opportunity to be special and I hope you all are along for the ride,” Kivett wrote on his Twitter account.
Kivett went on to write that “there is still a bitter taste” in his mouth from K-State’s season-ending loss to Oregon State, noting that the Wildcats have unfinished business to address next year.
K-State figures to be a strong team with Kivett returning as its leadoff hitter.
The Wildcats will have to adjust to the loss of center fielder Jared King, who decided to turn pro after his junior year, but first baseman Shane Conlon, a 21st-round selection by the Royals, has also said he is leaning toward returning for another season.