NORMAL, Ill. — It’s been an emotional two weeks for John Rave.
His college career ended in a tough loss at the NCAA Regionals. The next day, an emotional high, as he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals.
“I wasn’t sure how it would feel until I got that call,” the former Illinois State star said. “I’ll tell you it was an emotional feeling. An emotional.”
Rave was first drafted in the 35th round by Boston when he was Central Catholic High School senior in 2016. But he went to ISU instead.
He says that move has made him ready for this move to pro ball.
“Coming to ISU, I felt I matured in a lot of areas. It set up a nice platform for me to get to the next level,” Rave said.
Rave played his entire athletic career in the Twin Cities, first in high school then in college. His ISU Redbirds just finished up its first run to the NCAA Tournament since 2010.
He admits leaving home is going to be difficult, but he’s ready for the next step.
“Playing in front of my family in my backyard, where I grew up. It will be a struggle to leave it all behind.” Rave admitted. “It’s time to take the next step in my career. I’m super excited, I can’t wait to get it started.”