Indians take Kivett with final pick on Day 2
With their final selection of the Draft's second day, the Indians picked Ross Kivett, a position player who was born in Cleveland. After taking seven straight pitchers, the club went after Kivett in the 10th round with pick No. 291.
In 2010, Kivett graduated from nearby St. Edward High School in Lakewood, where he led his team to a state championship as a senior while batting .485 (47-for-97) with 10 doubles, two triples, 16 RBIs and 16 steals. Kivett also lettered in hockey.
From there, Kivett went on to become the regular second baseman and leadoff hitter at Kansas State. Last month, he was named the Big 12 Player of the Year after batting .359 with 46 runs scored and 30 RBIs during the regular season. Though he mainly plays second base, Kivett can play shortstop and third base and in the outfield, according to Brad Grant, the Indians' director of amateur scouting.
"That brings a whole lot of versatility to him, especially with the speed and then his ability to hit," Grant said. "Really good bat, really good baseball player, very instinctual."
Kivett expressed his excitement about being taken by the Indians on Twitter. Shortly after his selection, Kivett (@RossKSU7) tweeted: "HOME FREAKIN' GROWN BABY!!!! #rolltribe"