Milford athlete Ethan Hurd is looking to play at Pirate City this winter with baseball players from across the country. The site of minor league and spring training activities for Major League Baseball’s Pittsburg Pirates, this experience will allow Hurd to pursue a career on the baseball diamond. Selected out of thousands of players nationwide, Hurd will play on one of the Under Armor National Teams where he will compete against other talented players and perform for national scouts.
“I am very excited to have made this prestigious team of outstanding college prospects,” commented Hurd. “This once in a lifetime opportunity will take me one step closer to fulfilling my life-long dream of playing college baseball.”
Hurd, a member of the Milford High School baseball teams and several Milford travel baseball team over the years, was invited to the Under Armor tryout session at Saint Marks High School in Wilmington, DE, where he was ranked among other athletes based on arm strength, fielding, hitting and speed in each position he plays. Behind home plate as catcher and playing second baseman, Hurd has already sent videos of his play and visited with scouts as a Sophomore in high school.
Playing several sports including football as a young athlete, Hurd has decided to concentrate on baseball and is focused on his goal of playing at the collegiate level. Last year he had a successful season on the Milford High School Junior Varsity team with a batting average of .417 and was a leader in the American Legion League where he played with athletes years older than himself. He has hopes of playing at University of North Carolina or Vanderbilt University in TN and dreams to one day be drafted to the minor league and possible The Show.
“It’s going to take a lot of hard work, extra time put in after practice hitting and taking ground balls,” said Hurd. “It is not an after school activity, it has to be more serious than that.”
As a young athlete, Hurd states that playing for an Under Armor National Team at Pirate City is a large opportunity for him to be evaluated, see other talent and get pointers on how to improve his own game. He says that the feedback from national coaches and scouts will be instrumental in helping to bring his game to the next level. Ethan is currently raising money for his experience at Pirate City and is utilizing the online site gofundme.com to reach the Milford community, explaining the importance of the camp and his hopes for a successful future in baseball.
“This is going to be a big step for me and I will not waste the opportunity if I get the chance to go to Pirate City,” commented Hurd. “I hope this will allow me to represent Milford at a higher level in sports in the future.
The Pirate City Baseball Factory camp will be held from December 27 through December 30 and will allow this young athlete national exposure to other talented athletes and coaches. Almost a third of the way to his goal of raising $3,000 for the trip, Hurd is optimistic that he will be able to raise the money to attend. Individuals interested in helping Ethan reach his goal of playing at Pirate City can see more details about the camp at http://www.gofundme.com/EthanPirateCity.