A local product of the Central Arkansas area, the Sherwood native, Connor Eller, began his prep career at Sylvan Hills High School. It was here where Connor was named 5A Southeast Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2012.
Following a successful senior season, Connor earned himself a scholarship to play for Crowder Junior College in Neosho, Missouri. It was at Crowder where Connor learned under top coaches who helped fine tune his game. He attributes, "Crowder is where I attest to my failures playing a huge contributor to my success. It is a program that demands competition, hard work, and grit from their players… I developed into my body and as a pitcher… both set the ground work for my career. Before Crowder, I was young and had not mastered the mental game."
Succeeding Connors two years at Crowder, he received an offer from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. In this small town is where most people who say Connor really turned the lights on in his career. Both junior and senior season at OBU earned him many accolades. Connor went on to be named GAC 1st Team All-Conference in both 2015 & 2016. He was named the Great American Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2015. As well as earned himself a spot on many 1st and 2nd Team All-Region ballots both 2015 & 2016. Combined, Connor posted a record of 15-7 with a 2.88 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 196 and 2/3 innings pitched.
Directly trailing his senior season at OBU, he was selected in the 2016 MLB First Year Player draft by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 22nd round. From there, Connor learned and advanced his game at the highest level. He pitched as both a starter and reliever for the clubs' affiliates, making it as high as AAA before being released by the club in 2019.
If you were to see Connor today, you would find him relentlessly pursuing his dreams of baseball and training at a professional level. Connor has trained at Proformance throughout his professional career. He, without a doubt, believes in the vision for baseball in Arkansas and the health of all athletes. Connor looks forward to working with many pitchers in Arkansas and instilling what he has learned throughout his career into the generations to follow.
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