USAFA — It has been a weird couple of months for Air Force senior outfielder Ashton Easley.
"The past 4 month has been pretty crazy," said Easley.
The COVID-19 pandemic canceled Easley's senior season, and forced the Major League Baseball to cut their draft down to five rounds - putting his baseball career in jeopardy.
That is until this past week.
"I definitely talked to some people before and I was excited about the draft," explained Easley. "I was hoping to get picked up, but at minimum, I wanted a free agent signing. You know anything can happen when it comes to the draft. I was very grateful and thankful they picked me up."
On Wednesday, Easley put pen to paper signing with the Miami Marlins as an undrafted free agent.
The former Falcon will now be the 10th Air Force baseball player to sign professionally.
"Hard work and discipline," explained Easley. "Those are the two main things instilled in us starting at basic training. Going onto the baseball team. Adding that factor onto it with coach Kaz. He defiantly instills that in his players."
With the MLB season & the Minor League Baseball system all up in the air, the Texas native has everything against him, once again.
But Easley isn't giving up that easy.
"In the grand scheme of things I just want the opportunity to play baseball and see where my talents take me from there. Either way, I am not sure how it will look, but I am excited to find out."