Former HP-Thomasville HiTom, Drew Ellis, made his Major League debut July 30 for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ellis entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth, lining a single to right for his first major league hit in the Diamondbacks 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Louisville, Kentucky native was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Diamondbacks out of University of Louisville. After four season at the minor league level, Ellis was in the midst of his best professional season at the time of his call-up, batting .286 with 21 doubles and 13 home runs in 65 games played.

Ellis played for the HiToms during the 2015 season, batting .189 with seven doubles in 40 games played. His debut marks the 149th all-time former CPL player to make their major league debut and the tenth of the 2021 MLB season. This debut also pushes the HiToms major league alumni total to 17.

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The Coastal Plain League, brought to you by FloSports, is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 25th season in 2021, the CPL features 15 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,700 alumni drafted and 149 alums make their Major League debut – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @CPLBaseball.