The Seattle Mariners traded Battlefield graduate Nick Wells Saturday to the Washington Nationals in exchange for right-handed reliever Austin Adams. The deal also included Washington receiving cash considerations.
The 23-year-old left-handed pitcher, who graduated from Battlefield in 2014, is in his sixth season of pro baseball. He was 1-2 with a 7.91 ERA in five starts with High-A Modesto this season.
Wells is currently at the Mariners’ spring training facility in Peoria, AZ after being placed on the seven-day disabled list April 30. Wells suffered a fractured left wrist in his last start after being hit by a 101 mile per hour line drive.
Wells said he will remain in Peoria for the time being. He plans to meet with Dr. Donald Sheridan, a well-regarded hand and wrist surgeon. At some point following surgery, he will then head to the Nationals’ spring training facility in Florida for rehab.
"I am beyond ecstatic to be playing at home and to get such a great opportunity," Wells said. "It's like a dream come true. Now there can't be more motivation to get to the big leagues with the Washington Nationals' logo on me. Then the big league dream will come true."
While eating breakfast with his girlfriend and FaceTiming with his mother, Wells said he learned of the trade when Mariners’ director of player development Andy McKay called him.
“I told my mom I had to call her back,” Wells said.
After a stellar senior season at Battlefield where he went 7-1 with a 1.06 ERA and 102 strikeouts to earn second-team Baseball America all-American honors, the 6-foot-5 Wells was selected in the third round of the 2014 major league draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Toronto traded Wells to Seattle on July 31, 2015.
Wells’ first two pro seasons went well enough that Baseball America rated him among the Blue Jays’ and Mariners’ top 30 prospects coming into his first two seasons. He was also rated the 19th best prospect in the Appalachian League by Baseball America following the 2015 season.