Forsyth Central pitcher Ethan Hankins was named this morning to the 40-man trial roster for the USA Baseball 18U national team.
The trials will take place in Minneapolis from Aug. 19-Aug. 24 to determine the roster of 20 that will represent the U.S. in the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup, which takes place starting on Sept. 1 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Hankins first established himself as serious pro prospect last summer with strong performances at events like the East Coast Pro Showcase. He was one of the most dominant high school pitchers in Georgia this past spring, striking out 77 batters while walking just 7 in 46 2/3 innings pitched, and he helped lead Forsyth Central to the state playoffs in the school's first season since its jump from Class 5A to Class 7A.
This summer, Hankins has been busy playing for Team Elite, his travel team, in the Perfect Game National Showcase, the Wilson Premier Championship East and the WWBA 17U National Championship, and he was one of multiple Team Elite players at the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in late June.
2018 RHP Ethan Hankins (GA) 2nd Team Elite arm to open up a game with a 97 mph fastball today! Not a bad staff pic.twitter.com/itVgeFE9ly— Perfect Game USA (@PerfectGameUSA) July 6, 2017
Hankins was one of six Georgia high schoolers named to the national team 40-man roster. The others were pitcher Kumar Rocker of North Oconee; catcher Will Banfield of Brookwood; catcher Anthony McNair Seigler of Cartersville; pitcher Cole Wilcox of Heritage; and pitcher Davis Sharpe of Mill Creek. The full roster can be found here.