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UK junior J. T. Riddle announces he will sign with the Miami Marlins, open career in NYPL

Staff report

 

The third of three UK baseball juniors selected in the MLB draft has elected to forgo his senior season to start a professional career.

 

J. T. Riddle ranges to his left to field a ball at second base. (File photo by Jon Hale)

J. T. Riddle ranges to his left to field a ball at second base. (File photo by Jon Hale)

 

Second baseman J. T. Riddle announced via his Twitter page that he was signing with the Miami Marlins as the team’s 13th-round pick.

 

“Thank you to my UK family,” Riddle tweeted. “Wouldn’t be where I’m at today without the help from them over my three years.”

 

Riddle batted .283 with one home run, 20 RBI, 27 runs scored and six stolen bases as a junior. The Frankfort native and Western Hills High School alum was a three-year start for UK, developed a reputation as an excellent defender with a stretch of 358 and one-third consecutive innings without an error.

 

Riddle tweeted that he would begin his professional career with the Marlins’ short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, the Batavia Muckdogs.

 

Riddle is the fourth UK draft pick to sign a professional contract. Previously, junior left-handed pitcher Corey Littrell (Red Sox), junior right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott (Padres) and senior left-handed pitcher Jerad Grundy (Athletics) announced they were starting their professional careers.

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