Brandt Drafted by Washington Nationals
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By Chad Jenkins, MNU SID
MNU senior shortstop Clayton Brandt completed his incredible final season by getting selected in the 19th round by the Washington Nationals in the MLB draft on Wednesday. In 57 games this Spring, the Pioneer leadoff man hit .417 with a nation-best 81 runs, MNU-record 86 hits, 19 doubles, 6 triples, 7 homers, 43 RBIs, a .670 slugging percentage, a .492 on base percentage, a 1.162 OPS, and an MNU-record 41 steals. He is currently on the roster for the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League and answered some questions about the draft.
How did you find out?
I saw my name pop up on the draft board. It was so surreal. I had to do a double take to make sure. It was a type of excitement that I can't explain. I just prayed to the Lord and thanked Him for this and said "Your plan is what I want." and just sat at my locker and smiled.
Who did you tell first?
I immediately told my parents and grandparents.
What was your experience leading up to the draft?
I had been in contact with Tampa Bay Rays the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals. I was thinking my best chance was with Kansas City due to a pre-draft workout on Kauffman Stadium. From what I'd been told, I figured I'd go between rounds 25 to 40. The 19th round was a sure shock and true blessing.
When did the draft become a realistic goal?
The draft was always my goal and my hope but it became realistic during the Spring of my senior year. With the way the season was going, I started to realize it was a serious possibility. At the end of the season I knew it was in God's hands for I had done everything I could in my control with hard work and preparation.
What is your ultimate goal?
My ultimate goal is to play in the MLB with the Washington Nationals, and this is one major step closer to a childhood dream.
The Nationals will contact me soon with my assignment. Some options include extended spring training, rookie ball, or Single A.
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