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June 12, 2017
Historic Dodgertown participant Hunter Greene drafted as No. 2 pick in the first round of MLB Draft
As a 15-year-old, Greene participated in the first MLB EDI camp held at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
VERO BEACH, Fla. (June 12, 2017) — For nearly 70 years, something magical happens when playing at Historic Dodgertown.
Today, 17-year-old Hunter Greene, an alumni of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association Elite Development Invitational camp held at Historic Dodgertown, was selected as the number two overall pick in the June 2017 MLB Free Agent Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
In 2015 and as a 15-year-old, Greene traveled from his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. to Historic Dodgertown for the EDI camp to be coached by more than 30 former major leaguers, including Dodger great Maury Wills in the art of bunting, former Dodger star outfielder Kenny Landreaux, and former MLB pitchers Lee Smith and Tom Gordon. He also walked in the same footsteps his as boyhood idol Jackie Robinson.
From the age of seven, Greene participated in the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif.
“I was given a great opportunity at the age of seven to be with the Urban Youth Academy,” Greene said on MLB TV. “It just built a great foundation and allowed me to be a Major League citizen.”
Greene continued about stepping up to be a role model to minorities.
“It is something that I really want to help out. If there is anything I can do, go to ballclubs and go to Little Leagues and just talk to them (players), and inspire them to be the greatest they can be, is something I’d love to do."
Greene's selection today represents the highest draft selection in the 11-year history of the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton.
The MLB EDI camp is invitation-only, and the boys selected are considered prospects with the potential for a career in professional baseball.
The 6-foot-4, 205 pound right-handed pitcher/shortstop from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks — who was recently featured on the cover of the April Sports Illustrated with an in-depth article inside the magazine — earned a top stop in the draft, in large part due to his fastball which has been clocked at 102 mph.
This July, EDI returns to Historic Dodgertown with the exciting announcement that girls softball will be added in 2017.
MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association will add girls softball to its third annual EDI camp at Historic Dodgertown. The camp will continue to welcome boys for two weeks of baseball training in which the coaches are all former Major Leaguers, while the new softball camp will feature one week of professional-level softball instruction for high school-aged girls from across the country. Among the softball coaches will be Jennie Finch, a two-time Olympian and the most decorated softball player in history, who will offer instruction to the girls at the EDI softball camp at Historic Dodgertown.
Said Darrell Miller, MLB Vice President Youth and Facility Development, who also oversees the MLB Compton Urban Youth Academy: “Hunter is a glowing example of a young man who did the work and listened to good instructors at Compton – people like Johnny Washington, Kenny Landreaux, Lorenzo Gray and Andrew Touissant. We are really proud of his ability, but more proud of his character. He embodies what can happen when you buy in (to the system) and stick with it.”
The attached photos show Greene at Historic Dodgertown during the 2015 MLB EDI camp.
For more information about Historic Dodgertown, please visit HistoricDodgertown.com
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532