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National Indoor Key For Ebling

Blake Dowson        
Photo: Adam Ebling (Ebling family)

As far as getting to the next level, Adam Ebling is set.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound shortstop prospect from St. Louis is committed to play his college ball at Tulane for head coach Travis Jewett and his staff.

Ebling said there is a lot to like about what’s going on at Tulane.

“I love the coaches at Tulane,” he said. “It’s a great facility down there. The weather is always super warm. It’s a great school, too. But the coaches were the big thing. I love the coaches.”

That coaching staff also thinks Ebling can help out on the mound once he gets to New Orleans and puts on a Green Wave uniform.

Ebling has been up to 91 mph with his fastball at Perfect Game events, and has shown a nice curveball in the past as well.

He has always been a shortstop with a talent on the mound as well. That’s how he sees it, at least. He’s happy to do both at Tulane.

“[The coaching staff] said they can for sure see me as being a player that can do both in college…I’ve always preferred to be a fielder and hitter,” Ebling said. “That’s where I feel like I can do the most damage at.”

So as far as his college decision, Ebling is good to go. He can relax on that.

But he has a lot left to work for while his high school career continues, and a lot of that work starts now.

For one, Ebling is headlining the Westminster Christian Academy baseball team this spring, a team that lost much of its production from last year on a team that made it to the Class 4 championship game, yet still expects to be right back in a championship game again this year.

Ebling is one of two or three starters coming back. That’s all. But the goal is the same, and the drive he feels to get over the hump has never been stronger.

“That’s huge [for my motivation],” Ebling said. “I think it definitely motivates everyone to get ready for this year and try to take that next step and win it all.”

The 2021 prospect also believes he belongs at the Perfect Game National Showcase, the most prestigious showcase event of the year, held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. in mid-June.

Ebling attended the 2017 Rocky Mountain Showcase in Aurora, Colo. It was his first step in achieving that National Showcase goal.

He didn’t like his performance at the event.

“I went to a Perfect Game event my eighth grade summer, and my numbers were just pretty bad,” he said. “From then on after I got to see where I stood, I decided I didn’t like that and I needed to make a difference. So I started working out religiously and got to this point.”

Ebling has grown about four inches since that 2017 showcase, and has put on 40 pounds of muscle, as well.

With that as a backdrop, Ebling showed up at the 2020 National Indoor Showcase on Feb. 22 in Lake St. Louis ready to prove to every scout in attendance that he is a new player.

“I came to National Indoor because I want to get invited to the National Showcase and I wanted to help my national ranking a little bit,” Ebling said.

His numbers skyrocketed.

The 91 mph fastball he uncorked during the event was the hardest pitch thrown during the entire showcase, and the hardest pitch he had ever recorded at a Perfect Game event.

His 6.75-second 60-yard dash was the fastest recorded time at the event. It was also almost a full second faster than his time at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Showcase (7.71 seconds) and a 0.38 second improvement off his previous fastest time in the event.

Ebling was clocked at 95 mph throwing across the infield during individual drills at National Indoor, five mph faster than the next-closest competitor.

He had to settle for a close second place among all prospects in exit velocity during batting practice, lacing a ball at 94 mph off the bat. His max barrel speed of almost 74 mph was also top-five at the event.

In short, he dominated.

“I was excited about the infield velocity,” Ebling said. “That’s what I was thinking about the most…It’s from working out. I do a lot of lower body stuff to try to make my legs as strong as possible. I feel like that’s where all my power comes from.”

It was an impressive showing for Ebling. But he knows the National Indoor isn’t the end of the journey.

He’s got bigger plans than that. He’s planning on leading his team to a state title this spring in Missouri, and he’s planning on making the trip to Tropicana Field for the National Showcase in June.

He knows the hay isn’t in the barn yet.

“There’s always room to improve,” Ebling said. “I can always improve my hitting and fielding. Just being as consistent as possible at the plate. Working on getting faster hands. And a good arm can only go so far, you’ve got to have a good glove to go along with it.”

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