K-State center fielder Jared King decides to turn pro

06/17/2013 4:52 PM

06/18/2013 7:11 AM

Kansas State center fielder Jared King has decided to turn pro, and will sign with the New York Mets on Tuesday.

“I wouldn’t call it a no-brainer, but I’m ready to start my pro career,” King said on K-State’s website. “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 MLB Draft, and will forgo his senior season with the Wildcats. The Dublin, Ohio native was one of the team’s top players. He hit .335 with seven home runs and 53 RBIs.

Big 12 Player of the Year Ross Kivett and first baseman Shane Conlon were also selected in the MLB 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.

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