Drew Waters
Waters with the Rome Braves, 2018
Atlanta Braves
Outfielder
Born: (1998-12-30) December 30, 1998 (age 22)
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Switch
Throws: Right

Andrew David Waters (born December 30, 1998) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Atlanta Braves organization.

Amateur career

Waters graduated from Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia. As a senior, he batted .516 with 15 home runs and 40 RBIs, leading Etowah to a Class 7A state championship title.[1] After the season, he was named the Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year and the Metro Atlanta High School Player of the Year.[2][3] He committed to play college baseball at the University of Georgia for the Georgia Bulldogs.[4]

Professional career

Waters was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the second round with the 41st overall selection of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft and he signed for $1.5 million, forgoing his commitment to Georgia.[5][6]

After signing, Waters made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Braves. After batting .347/.448/.571 with two home runs, ten RBIs, and seven walks, he was promoted to the Danville Braves, where he finished the season.[7] In 36 games for Danville, he slashed .255/.331/.383 with two home runs and 14 RBIs.[8] In 2018, he began with the Rome Braves, with whom he earned South Atlantic League All-Star honors, and was promoted to the Florida Fire Frogs on August 1.[9][10] In 114 games between the two clubs, he slashed .293/.343/.476 with nine home runs, 39 RBIs, and 23 stolen bases.[11] In 2019, he began with the Mississippi Braves[12] and was named a Southern League All-Star.[13] In August, he was promoted to the Gwinnett Stripers.[14][15] Over 134 games with the two teams, Waters batted .309/.360/.459 with seven home runs, 52 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases. He was named the Southern League MVP.[16] After the season, he was selected for the United States national baseball team in the 2019 WBSC Premier 12.[17]

Waters did not play a minor league game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He was added to Atlanta's 60-man player pool and trained with other players in the pool in Gwinnett County, Georgia over the course of the summer.[18][19] To begin the 2021 season, he was assigned to the Gwinnett Stripers.[20] In June, Waters was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game at Coors Field.[21]

References

  1. ^ "Etowah's Drew Waters set for early call in MLB draft". Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Eagles' Drew Waters named Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year". Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Etowah Grad Named Metro Atlanta High School Player of the Year". Woodstock Patch. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Drew Waters enjoying time with Braves, growing as hitter". myajc.com. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Braves take Etowah star Drew Waters with second MLB Draft pick". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Etowah's Drew Waters signed by Braves and 'ready to get at it'". ajc.com. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Braves prospect Drew Waters gets first promotion". Mariette Daily Journal. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Drew Waters Stats, Highlights, Bio". MiLB.com. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Stewart, Jeremy (April 4, 2018). "Team gets to work as new season starts tonight". Rome News Tribune. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Dykstra, Sam (August 1, 2018). "Braves promote outfielders Pache, Waters". MILB.com. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  11. ^ Resnak, Alex (January 31, 2019). "Former Rome Brave Drew Waters set for big league camp". Cherokee Tribune. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  12. ^ Resnak, Alex (June 24, 2019). "Waters making waves at Class AA Mississippi". Cherokee Tribune. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  13. ^ Harris, Chris (June 6, 2019). "Six M-Braves Named Southern League All-Stars". MILB.com. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "Braves prospects Waters, Pache make Triple-A debuts". Atlanta Journal Constitution. August 6, 2019. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  15. ^ Dykstra, Sam (August 5, 2019). "Braves' Waters, Anderson promoted to Triple-A". MILB.com. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  16. ^ https://www.milb.com/news/drew-waters-named-southern-league-most-valuable-player-310368890
  17. ^ "USA Baseball Names Premier12 Roster". USA Baseball. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  18. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/braves-player-pool-for-2020
  19. ^ https://theathletic.com/1893627/2020/06/25/heres-how-the-braves-60-man-pool-of-eligible-players-might-shake-out/
  20. ^ https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-braves/6-braves-prospects-start-minor-league-season-in-gwinnett/NHJPH6GJQZBH7HW3FCNNIJ7X2M/
  21. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/2021-futures-game-rosters