Canterbury baseball team lends helping hand to pair of MLB prospects
ESTERO, Fla. – Major League Baseball decided to split Spring Training to separate Major and Minor League players this year. Estero High School alumnus and Detroit Tigers prospect Carson King knew then that he would be training on his own for longer.
“It’s been over nine months since I’ve even played a live game,” King said.
Little did he know, he wouldn’t be on his own for long as Canterbury Head Baseball Coach Frank Turco invited the pitcher to practice with his Cougars.
“Being with these guys, being in the dugout, being at practice gives me that feeling again,” said Carson.
King was followed shortly after by Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Mike Ellenbest.
“[Frank Turco] has been so nice to allow me and Carson to come in here and use their guys to throw and to also teach and get them better,” said Ellenbest.
Even with their own regiment and drills, these two pro pitchers were all too happy to give the Cougars a couple of pointers here and there.
“The kids want to be in my shoes and I’m here to guide them along the way and answer any questions they have,” said Ellenbest.
Canterbury players, like senior pitcher Anthohy Ursitt, count themselves lucky to have professional pitchers on their practice field with them.
“You get to really kind of pick their brains and ask questions because they’ve been there before,” sait Ursitti.
Both Mike and Carson have now reported to their Spring Training sites with the minor league season starting in less than a month.
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