MOBILE, Ala. – University of South Alabama baseball outfielder Ethan Wilson attended the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft Combine in North Carolina June 24-25.
Wilson was one of 76 collegiate student-athletes out of the 167 Draft-eligible participants at the combine, which was held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., and the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C.
The combine provided an opportunity for participants to undergo a series of medical and performance assessments, as well as educational programming designed to prepare them for a professional baseball career.
“I got an invitation, and I talked with my parents and we decided that it was a really good opportunity for me,” Wilson said. “The first day I had a strength and conditioning assessment where they basically checked my range of motion and had me go through a bunch of tests for that. We also had the vertical jump, broad jump and the 30-yard dash, and did some speed and agility testing off to the side. That was what my day consisted of the first day. I had some interviews with four or five teams in the afternoon, and they were about 20 minutes long where the scouts met with me and asked me any questions they don’t already have answers on.”
Wilson and the other participants were on the field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex for day two of the combine.
“On the second day, we got loose and took some hacks in the cages before taking BP on the field in front of all of the scouts,” he said. “MLB Network was there so that was a really cool experience for me. We took in-and-out and got to show off the arm a little bit, and that was pretty much it for stuff on the field. It was a really good experience for me. We didn’t get to get on the field that much, but the complex and hotel were really nice and the food was absolutely delicious. They did a really good job with it. The structure was good, and I think it will be even better in the future. Top to bottom it was really good.”
Wilson will now wait for the 2021 MLB Draft, which is scheduled for 20 rounds on July 11-13 during All-Star Week in Colorado. It will mark the first time since the Draft’s inception in 1965 that it will be held outside the month of June.
“I’m just going to take it easy,” he said. “I’m obviously going to be in the weight room and swinging just to keep myself in shape for when I get the call. But I’m using this time to kind of chill out and hang out with some family, and just enjoy the time off while I have it.”
The Draft will begin on Sun., June 11, at 6 p.m. (CT) at the Bellco Theatre in Denver with the first round. Day two of the Draft will begin at noon (CT) on Mon., July 12, and will feature Rounds 2-10. The final day of the draft will begin at 11 a.m. (CT) on Tue., July 13.
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