With his senior year still in front of him, Hagerstown resident Christian Binford has set the course for his baseball future after he graduates from Mercersburg Academy.
The 6-foot-7, 225-pound right-hander has made a verbal commitment to the University of Virginia that will become official when he inks scholarship papers during the November signing period.
"I've always wanted to play college baseball and I think the Atlantic Coast Conference has the best baseball," Binford said from Marietta, Ga., where he is playing in the Perfect Game Tournament. "Signing now will make it easier my senior year. I can work hard in class."
Binford's commitment is the latest step in a comeback from a completely torn ulnar collateral ligament that required Tommy John surgery in June 2009. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.