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School: Kansas State; Class: Junior
Position: 2B/CF; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-1; Weight: 200 pounds
Previously Drafted: Cleveland Indians, 10th round, 2013
Background: A local boy that moves far away and eventually gets pegged by his hometown team, the Cleveland Indians, in the 2013 draft and, subsequently, spurns that offer to return to Kansas State for his senior season. Kivett, who batted .360/.440/.483 with 22 extra-base hits and 26 stolen bases last season, proved that the offensive step forward was a repeatable, tangible leap in development.
This year Kivett, while once again splitting his time between second base and center field, is batting .333/.443/.462 with 13 doubles, one triple, four homeruns, and 21 stolen bases in 22 attempts en route to setting career bests in his plate discipline.
Projection: A nice little solid potential big league utility guy, Kivett can handle center field (and likely both corners as well) and second base while offering a little offensive upside. Solid eye and contact skills, a smidgeon of pop, and above-average speed.
He could end up surpassing his previous draft status, if ever so slightly.
Ceiling: 0.5-win player
Floor: Replacement Level
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate to Above-Average
Draft Projection: Eighth/Ninth Round
Photo Courtesy of KSU Athletics via cjonline.com.