The Miami Storm purchased the contract of AAA-level Shelby Hurley this morning, summoning him into this evening’s game against the Dallas Deputies, and he immediately showed why he deserved the call-up.
Hurley, a 22-year-old right fielder, who was drafted 159th overall in the 2014 draft, “stormed” onto the Bull League going 5-for-5 in his big league debut, driving in 5 runs and scoring twice.
Hurley had been playing for the Storm’s AAA-level affiliate, the Miami Marauders, where he was hitting .296 this year with 4 home runs, 22 RBIs, and 12 steals, after 36 games. He has been fantastic in right field for the Marauders, holding a +3.0 zone rating, and just allowing two errors in 52 chances over 308.2 innings.
He was a round 7 pick in the 2014 draft by the Kingston Cannons, and has seen steady progress through the lower minors, But a 5-for-5 debut would have been hard for anyone to predict, although Hurley has been in the high .290s at A-level Markham Tar Heels and this year in AAA-level.
The Storm won the game tonight over Dallas, 12-5, with Hurley batting out of the ninth position. With the 5-for-5 feat, Hurley debuted to tied the regular season single-game club record for hits and was named Player of the Game.