USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Recent Air Force graduate Griffin Jax has reported to the Minnesota Twins Spring Training Complex to begin training during the summer of 2017. Jax is slated to throw tomorrow, Wednesday, June 7, against players in the Baltimore Orioles organization at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.
Jax was a third round draft pick of the Twins in the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft as a junior. He did not pitch his senior year at the Academy after signing a professional contract and pitching in the Twins minor league system last summer.
The Greenwood, Colo., native graduated from the Academy on May 24. Jax is allowed 60 days of leave prior to his first assignment with the Air Force. He will train with the Twins organization during his 60 days of leave. As a Second Lieutenant, Jax begins his first assignment as an acquisitions officer at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
“It feels really good to be in a baseball uniform again,” Jax said. “I’m very appreciative of my time at the Academy, but it’s time to move on to the next chapter as an acquisitions officer. In the meantime, I couldn’t be happier and grateful for the opportunity to pitch for the Twins organization and will make the most of my time with them.”
Jax posted one of the greatest seasons ever by an Air Force pitcher in 2016. The righthander picked up several accolades, including Louisville Slugger All-America (Second Team), Mountain West Co-Pitcher of the Year and First-Team All-MW. Jax posted a 9-2 record with a school-record 2.05 earned run average. He led the conference in ERA and with 105.1 innings pitched. His nine wins and 90 strikeouts ranked second.