Two Wildcats, Signee Taken in First-Year Player Draft

By: From: K-State Sports Information
By: From: K-State Sports Information

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s Daniel Edwards and Eli Rumler were
taken in the second day of the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year
Player Draft as Edwards was selected in the 27th round by the Cleveland
Indians and Rumler in the 39th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Also,
signee Jason King, an infielder from Columbus, Ohio, was taken in the
48th round by the St. Louis Cardinals.

The 827th overall pick of the 2007 draft, Edwards became the second
Wildcat in two seasons to be taken by Cleveland as Jared Goedert was
the organization’s ninth round selection last season.

Edwards, a junior, went 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA with 11 saves in 2007 and
yielded just nine total runs in 35.2 innings of work this season. The
First Team All-Big 12 performer and ABCA All-Midwest Region selection
struck out a team-high 49 batters in those 35.2 innings while opponents
hit just .173 against him.

His 11 saves this season tie the single-season school record, and for
his career, Edwards now has 14 saves, which are the second-most in
school history. He needs four more to tie the school record of 18, set
by David Johnson. Edwards also ranks second in school history in career
relief appearances with 58.

The Kingwood, Texas, native was a candidate for numerous national awards
this season, including the Dick Howser Trophy, the Brooks Wallace
Award, the Stopper of the Year Award and the Roger Clemens Award.

The 1,172nd overall pick in the draft, Rumler has been a mainstay in the
infield since 2004 as the Wildcats’ shortstop. The Little River native
started 146 career games as a Wildcat and played all four seasons at
Kansas State under head coach Brad Hill.

A .273 hitter this season, Rumler left an indelible mark on Wildcat
baseball as the senior cracked the school record books in several
categories. Currently, Rumler holds the K-State career hit-by-pitches
record with 37, and defensively, ranks fourth in career assists with
425. Rumler also had 15 career sacrifice bunts, which is fifth in
school history.

A switch-hitting infielder, King (1,406th overall pick) was a four-year
starter and a three-time all-district and all-Central Ohio selection
for head coach Chris Huesman at Dublin Jerome High School. As a senior
this past season, King collected a team-leading .489 batting average
with 25 RBI, 29 runs scored, seven doubles and seven home runs. He was
named the OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year and led his squad to the
regional finals of the state playoffs.

Kansas State has now had eight players drafted in head coach Brad Hill’s
four seasons in Manhattan and 19 total since the Big 12 opened play in
1997.

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