Dream comes true for Mercer alum Askew

RHP Ryan Askew walks off the mound after a strikeout in the Bears' series against Western Carolina at OrthoGeorgia Park. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

MACON, GA -- Ryan Askew is a kind-hearted human being.

The smile and charm is misleading on the mound, as the 6'6 Askew blossomed into one of the most feared pitchers in the Southern Conference.

A three-year starter including two as the top pitcher in the starting rotation, Askew earned the opportunity to advance to the next level Wednesday after getting selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 29th round of the MLB Draft. Askew joined teammates Danny Edgeworth and Charlie Madden as Mercer's representatives in the draft.

It was a special day for the trio who now get the chance to live out a childhood dream.

"It's kind of like what Danny (Edgeworth) has said," Askew said. "It's just crazy that the three of us came in together and we all got picked up yesterday. This is stuff we've talked about doing since four years old."

After a strong senior season, Askew is ready for the next step. Despite a late-round selection, the pitcher is all in on living out his dream.

"Why would I work so hard and why would I pass up this opportunity," Askew said? "It's the only time in my life I can do it so I'm going to do it for everything that it's worth and see how far it will take me."

Askew reports to Florida this week for a physical before being assigned to a Rays affiliate.

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