Earlier Thursday, the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays completed a trade sending Jose Lobaton to the Nationals. Also apart of the deal was outfielder Drew Vettleson, who was drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. The Washington native was drafted out of Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale, Washington.
Drew Vettleson spoke to Cover Those Bases on the behalf of his trade (via Twitter).
"Being traded is a crazy feeling! ... I am just very excited for the opportunity the Nationals have given me and knowing that they want me to be apart of their organization. I have great feelings for what's to come and can't wait to get started!" Vettleson said.
Vettleson is excited to start the season this year.
"I'm looking forward to brining something to the field each night that allows the team I'm to win. [It] Could be a big hit, great defensive play, good base running move, or just being a good teammate."
When asked about his chances to make the Majors, Vettleson just wants to play baseball.
"I'm just going to head there with an open mind and where they put [me], [I'll] try and play my best baseball. The dream and goal is the Major Leagues and I'm going to put all the effort I can to reach there."
Vettleson has a good goal set for himself in 2014.
"My goal is to bring something to the table everyday! Believing in the process and staying focused."
I'd like to thank Drew Vettleson for the interview and wish him the best with the Washington Nationals in 2014.