Former Air Force baseball pitcher Griffin Jax’s future as a professional player has long been cloudy.
The cloud grew thicker on Saturday.
Jax signed a $645,000 contract with the Minnesota Twins in June after he was selected in the third round (93rd overall) of the MLB draft. He pitched in the summer of 2016 for the Twins’ Rookie League affiliate in Elizabethton, Tenn.
He gave up his senior year (the 2017 season) of eligibility for Air Force’s baseball team.
A 2016 policy change by the Department of Defense appeared to give Jax the opportunity to play professionally immediately after his graduation in May.
But the Air Force Academy announced on Saturday that academy athletes would be required to serve two years of active duty before requesting the Ready Reserve status that would allow them to play professionally.
After the ruling, Air Force football receiver Jalen Robinette was not selected in the NFL Draft, which ended Saturday. He was expected to be selected between the second and fifth rounds.
Air Force baseball coach Mike Kazlausky and athletic director Jim Knowlton were not made available Saturday for comment.