Marlins select Air Force’s Nic Ready in MLB Draft


Air Force baseball’s Nic Ready was selected in the 23rd round, 681st overall, by the Miami Marlins in the 2019 MLB Draft.

“I always told my mom, ‘Mom, I’m not going to school, I’m going straight to the majors,'” Ready said, recalling his childhood dream of playing Major League Baseball.

His path may have taken him on a different route, with a stop at the Air Force Academy, but Ready certainly left his mark in the record books. He set several program records, including most hits, home runs, and RBI.

“I had four years of college ball, and at the end of the day I had to believe that I put everything I had into those four years,” Ready said.

He admitted he was nervous over the first two days of the draft, but once he got the call he was ecstatic.

“I’m just ready to start the next chapter of my life as a professional ballplayer,” Ready said. 

Ready already knows the grind of the minor leagues, since his father was a manager in the Marlins organization, after spending 13 years as a major leaguer.

“I know the organization,” he said. “I’ve been around the people, and I really like them. I think it’s going to be a good fit and I’m excited to get another Ready on the back of a jersey.”

He became the 10th Falcon baseball player drafted all-time. The World Class Athlete Program allows Ready to train with the team while on active duty. He’ll report to Jupiter, Florida to learn his assignment for the 2019 season.

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