Q: Last year you explored the opportunity to go pro. Tell us about it.
MA: A lot of people assumed I was disappointed when I didn’t get selected as the overall #1 draft pick, but being selected as the eighth pick in the MLB First Year Player Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates was one of the greatest honors I could have ever received. I was in a no-lose situation. I could sign with the Pirates or return to Stanford for my senior season, and I knew that going into the draft.
Q: Why did you turn down the Pirates and return to Stanford for your senior year?
MA: It was after much thought that I knew Stanford was the best place for me to be during the 2013 season—for a number of reasons—and I am very excited to be back!
I really couldn’t put a price tag on the many opportunities at Stanford. The most important thing for me was the relationships that I have created here with my teammates. We have worked hard toward our goal of going to the College World Series in Omaha and bringing another national championship back to Stanford, and this is something I want to accomplish with them.
Also, earning a degree has been my goal ever since my parents began encouraging me to go to college, and a Stanford degree isn’t just any degree. I will be graduating in March in Management Science and Engineering and am so grateful to be able to walk away from Stanford with my diploma in hand.
Q: To what do you owe your successful baseball career at Stanford?
MA: I am forever indebted to Coaches Marquess, Stotz, Filter, and Ungricht for allowing me to play baseball here. I am also thankful to the Buck/Cardinal Club and Stanford’s scholarship donors. I know Stanford Athletics would not be what it is today if it weren’t for all their support.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share with the Stanford Athletics community?
MA: I thank you for your continued help and support as we pursue our dreams here on the Farm. I hope you will come out to Sunken Diamond this season and help us accomplish our goal of going to Omaha.
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