Former Etowah Significant University star Drew Waters will get the likelihood to examination himself versus significant league expertise upcoming month just after receiving an invite to the Atlanta Braves’ significant league camp previously this 7 days.
Waters is one of 20 non-roster invitees set to join the rest of the staff as placement players report Feb. 20 to the Braves’ elaborate in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The 20-calendar year-outdated outfielder was one of four invited potential clients rated in MLB.com’s top 100, alongside with pitcher Ian Anderson, outfielder Christian Pache and infielder Austin Riley. Nonetheless, Waters claimed he was nonetheless amazed when he listened to the news.
“I was chatting to my agent about it previously, and he did not see it as remaining realistic for me to be in significant league spring training this calendar year,” claimed Waters, a second-round range in 2017, about a month just after major Etowah to the Course AAAAAAA state championship. “Everyone else was acquiring their email messages about when to report, so, when I observed in which they preferred me to arrive, I was pumped.”
The invite will enable Waters to perform versus set up significant leaguers and top potential clients, even though he also expects to attain just as a great deal from people on his staff. He plans on absorbing as a great deal as he can.
“At this amount, they are clearly all extremely skilled players, but the fellas like Nick Markakis, Brian McCann or Josh Donaldson have clearly figured out what performs,” Waters claimed. “They have a mature approach about likely about their business. I’m intrigued in looking at it very first-hand and inquiring some concerns.”
Waters did well at the plate via his very first two seasons as a pro.
At four stages of the Braves’ business, Waters has put together to hit .289 with 13 house operates and 63 RBIs. Very last calendar year, he hit a put together .293 with nine homers, 39 RBIs and 23 stolen bases for Course A Rome and highly developed Course A Florida, even though also remaining named to the South Atlantic League All-Star staff.
His very best likelihood to increase at camp could be on defense, in which he will share an outfield with Gold Glove winners Markakis and Ender Inciarte, and 2018 Nationwide League Rookie of the 12 months Ronald Acuna Jr.
“You always will need to get the job done on defense,” Waters claimed. “You will need to get the job done on your angles and acquiring the ball out swift. I don’t think there could be a superior group of fellas to learn from. You glance at all their awards and how they perform defense, and you can see how a great deal get the job done they place in it.”
Studying from Markakis, a item of Towne Lake archrival Woodstock, could place Waters in an intriguing placement. Waters was a critical cog on the Etowah staff that conquer the Wolverines for a state title two seasons ago, and even though he claimed he will keep it to himself originally, the subject could arrive up.
“I don’t think there will be just about anything too significant likely on there,” Waters claimed. “I may well joke all around there about beating them for the championship the moment I get to know him a minimal bit, but my primary purpose from the start off is to learn as a great deal as I can.”
Moreover the seasoned veterans, the Braves also have a main of younger players Waters can select up ideas from.
At 20 yrs outdated, Waters is just two yrs youthful than All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies and a calendar year youthful than Acuna, whose paths are ones that Waters is keen to observe.
“I want to select their minds a minimal bit,” Waters claimed. “They’re in which I would like to be as swift as feasible. I want to know how they did it. They’ve been thriving at the significant league amount, so I’m intrigued to know what they did.”