Marianna, FL---Call it a rather significant moment in the life of Marianna and Chipola alum Michael Mader.
Michael telling me Monday afternoon he's decided to sign with the Miami Marlins organization, which drafted him in the third round of last week's MLB draft.
¶Mader, a 6 foot, 2 inch hard throwing lefty, getting a signing bonus approaching five hundred thousand dollars.
Michael says the Marlins emailed him his contract, which he was hoping to sign Monday night at a little family party at his parents house in Marianna. His adviser though called and told him a few more details needed to worked out.
So now it's likely Mader will sign after he flies to Miami Tuesday. He'll then get a physical in Miami, and likely head up to Jupiter Florida for a couple days of minicamp.
He says after that he expects to be sent to the Marlins short season single-A team in Batavia, New York.
Mader telling me Monday he's "really excited about all this." He's grateful for the opportunity. He says it still hasn't hit him that he's about to play professional baseball.
"It probably won't hit me until I set foot in Miami."
Mader told me.
Michael's Chipola teammate Danny Mars, taken by the Red Sox Friday, also signing a pro contract. Both were FSU signees, so all this bad news for Mike Martin and the Seminoles.