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Washington Nationals’ Andrew Stevenson looking to build on breakthrough season in 2018...

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Washington’s 2015 second round pick, Andrew Stevenson made his MLB debut with the Nationals this past season and he’s hoping to get back to the majors now that he’s comfortable in the big leagues.

Drafted out of Louisiana State University in the second round of the 2015 MLB Draft, Andrew Stevenson started the 2017 campaign ranked fifth overall in Washington’s system, as the third-highest ranked outfielder in the Nationals’ organization, behind only the Nats’ highly-regarded outfield prospects Juan Soto (No. 3), and Victor Robles (No. 1) on Baseball America’s list of the team’s Top 10 prospects.

Stevenson, 23, talked in mid-July, before he was called up to make his major league debut on the 23rd of that month, about preparing himself and making sure he was ready when he got the opportunity.

“You always want to try to make that jump to the next level,” Stevenson said. “I’m just doing what I can do, what I think I need to be ready for that next jump.”

After putting up a combined .272/.326/.344 line, 12 doubles, five triples, and two home runs in 99 games and 422 plate appearances between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, Stevenson was promoted to the majors, where he played a total 37 games in the majors, going 9 for 57 (.158/.250/.193) with two doubles in his first taste of major league action.

“That was awesome,” Stevenson told reporters last month when he was asked about his whirlwind 2017 campaign.

“Especially the team, the guys that we had on this team, the talent, just being able to come up and just be around those guys was just an awesome experience for me.”

Asked what he learned in his time with the Nationals, Stevenson said, “just how to go about things.”

“Talking with the older, veteran guys, they kind of helped me get through some things,” Stevenson explained.

“This game about adjustments, and the quicker you can respond to those, I think the longer you will be able to play this game.”

Stevenson said breaking through and making his MLB debut gave him an opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like to play in the majors so that the next time he’s given a shot in the big leagues he’ll be more comfortable and not in awe of his surroundings.

“To break through, that’s kind of the biggest thing,” he explained. “Now you get that experience and you run with it now.

“Now you get another shot, nothing is really going to be new, so I think that’s going to be the biggest thing going into this year, kind of know what to expect.

“I know it’s going to be a new coaching staff, and it might be run a little different, but I’m looking forward to this year and see what it has to bring.”

With that new coaching staff, led by first-time manager Dave Martinez, Stevenson said it might be a learning process on both sides, and he may have to prove himself again.

“There’s that. I’m sure they’ll look at the film, they know what kind of guys they have, but yeah, it’s about making impressions and trying to get them on your side thinking you can help the team in any way.”

He was asked if having made his MLB debut last season took some pressure off, or if it’s now just about getting back there and staying in the majors?

“It’s a little bit of both. There’s definitely pressure. It’s like you’ve been there, so you know what to expect, but now it’s just okay, now it’s trying to be up there and stay up there, there’s definitely some pressure in there, but you know, I kind of like that.”