Alumni Ethan Elias Gearing Up for Pro Tryout
Prospects Academy alumni and Jr. Academy assistant coach, Ethan Elias, is gearing up for his tryout for the Arizona Diamondbacks down in Scottsdale, AZ, at the end of the month. Elias, who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2011 after spending two years with the Prospects Academy, spent last year pitching for the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League. He threw well enough there to earn a mid-season contract offer from the Miama Marlins organization, but unfortunately they balked at the last minute due to some previous minor elbow issues. Ethan is looking to take advantage of this opportunity to get back into affiliated ball. He was released by the Cubs after the 2013 season, despite posting a 2.13 E.RA in Low A, just his second season of professional baseball.
Last off-season he began working with Prospects Academy Strength Coach Taylor Burns, and has been a believer since. Now after his second off-season working together he had this to say has he enters his final preparation for the tryout, "I feel stronger, more explosive, and more prepared than I have ever felt approaching spring training." He knows that even if a contract offer does not come immediately after the tryout, it could pave the way for something later on. If he is not offered a contract he is slated to pitch for the newest team in the Can-Am Independent League, the Ottawa Champions, after being traded from Normal last week.
Ethan has been a valuable role model for the Senior Academy players, as he practices and trains side by side with them on a daily basis. He also has gotten his feet wet in coaching. He has spent the past year and a half employed by the Academy to coach the Junior Prospects, something he has thoroughly enjoyed.
It has been a winding road for Ethan since he left the Prospects Academy after playing for the program in its infancy. The coaches and players will be rooting for him at the tryout, and wherever he may end up this summer.