Air Force baseball lost its ace a year early when Griffin Jax signed with the Minnesota Twins after his junior year on June 14.
His replacement may have arrived on Thursday.
Right-handed pitcher Evan Floyd, a Pensacola, Fla., native, was among 15 baseball players reporting for basic training at Doolittle Hall on Thursday. Just a week ago Floyd was named a second-team pitcher on the Louisville Slugger High School All-American team.
Floyd, who attended Catholic High, went 8-2 with a 0.90 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 62 innings.
The Falcons have a void at the top of the rotation left by Jax, who is scheduled to make his minor league debut with the Elizabethton Twins on Friday, according to Air Force coach Mike Kazlausky.
Jax signed for $645,000 as a third-round pick. He’ll pitch this summer over his three weeks of summer break, then return to the academy for his senior year.
Kazlausky said Jax will be welcome to continue working out with the Falcons.
“He can’t travel, can’t represent, can’t play, of course, but he can practice with us,” Kazlausky said.