Forsyth Central alum Ethan Hankins was selected by the Cleveland Indians with the 35th pick of the MLB Draft on Monday night.
Hankins, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, pitched four years for the Bulldogs, earning All-County Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior. After a dominant summer season following his junior year, during which Hankins pitched in almost every major showcase and helped lead the USA Baseball 18U team to a WBSC World Cup title, he was considered the top high school prospect in the country, with a chance to be the first prep righthander to be drafted first overall.
This spring season for Hankins was less consistent, though, as he missed roughly a month on the mound with a shoulder injury and didn't show the same velocity and breaking ball that he had during the summer in his later outings. He was listed as the No. 18 draft prospect in Baseball America's most recent rankings.
The 35th pick is slotted for a $2,016,400 signing bonus. Hankins is signed to play in college at Vanderbilt, but he would forgo that opportunity should he choose to sign with a pro team.