Kentucky Wildcats junior outfielder Ka’ai Tom was selected by the Indians in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB Draft.
Tom went 154th overall to Cleveland, and he joined junior pitcher Kyle Cody as Wildcats who've been drafted this year. In his two years in Lexington, Tom, registered a .352 career average to go with 148 career hits, the second-most hits for a two-year UK player in program history. He has a 45-43 walk-strikeout ratio in his career, with a .429 on-base percentage.
As a junior in 2015, Tom led UK with 51 RBI and a .375 average, with 16 doubles, one triple, five homers and 51 RBI, stealing 15-of-16 bases. A first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2014, Tom reached base safely in 51 of his 55 games in 2015 and in 99 of his 109 career games.
After a one-year junior college career at Fort Scott (Kan.), Tom joined the UK roster in 2014 and hit .328 with 13 doubles, three homers and 41 RBI while stealing 14-of-18 bases.
The Wildcats have now had 40 players drafted or sign a pro contract in the seven years of Gary Henderson as head coach.