I would like to thank Drew on giving his insight on what it takes to get to the professional level. I was thrilled when Drew agreed to answer some questions for the benefit of young players and parents.
Drew plays in The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization spending time with the AA Arkansas Travelers and AAA Salt Lake Bees in 2014. In his minor league career, he has 1514 at bats with a .289 average. He was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ninth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Gonzaga University. He was rated Best Strike Zone Discipline in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim system after the 2012 season.
I had Lefty sit down and read Drew’s answers and then I asked him for his thoughts. Lefty said the part that made him think the most is when Drew said he always believes he’s the best player on the field. Lefty said maybe he should also give himself permission to believe he’s the best player on the field. But he also read that humility is important. So he said I guess telling everyone else how great you are wouldn’t be cool because that’s not being humble. But believing it inside yourself is what’s really important.
Huge! From the mouth of a MiLB player to the ears of an eleven year old. Thanks Drew!
TheRustyArm: When did you start playing baseball?
Drew: I started playing on a team when I was 4 years old. It was a tee ball/coach pitch league.
TheRustyArm: Did you play travel baseball growing up in WA?
Drew: I want to say the only team I played with, similar to a travel ball team was the Walla Walla Bears.
TheRustyArm: Did you play other sports besides baseball?
Drew: Yes, I played soccer, basketball, and football to go along with baseball.
TheRustyArm: Did you have private instruction or lessons growing up?
Drew: I attended a couple of camps. One geared towards pitching. The other was towards hitting and fielding. No private lessons
TheRustyArm: What quality or trait do you believe got you this far?
Drew: The quality of people I had to face and learn from helped me to develop the traits I needed to succeed. They inspired me to have great humility and excitement for sports. Learning from them has gotten me as far as I have gotten.
TheRustyArm: What’s the best piece of advice you ever got with respect to baseball?
Drew: Always believe that you are the best player on the field. My dad told me that when I was young.
TheRustyArm: When did you know you had the ability to play at a high level? And what made you think so?
Drew: I believed I could play at a high level when I was a junior in college. I believed it because I had coaches and other people who had played at those higher levels show they believed I could play at a high level. I always believed I was a great player but came from a small place where I thought I would never be noticed.
TheRustyArm: Can you name a coach or mentor that was instrumental in your development and how?
Drew: Well when I was young and beginning it was my father, cause he taught me the basics for everything. My freshman year in college, my assistant coach, Dave Meliah, was the one who helped me go to that next level in my hitting ability by creating a rhythm for my hitting.
TheRustyArm: If you could go back to your days of youth baseball would you do anything different?
Drew: No, not at all. Youth baseball was the reason I fell in love with baseball.
TheRustyArm: If you could go back and tell your 12-year-old self something, what would it be?
Drew: Don’t miss any chances to play baseball. And eat as healthy as you can.
TheRustyArm: What is one thing your parent(s) did or said that supported you in baseball?
Drew: Dad, just teaching me how to play with my heart and tell me never to give up. My mother always made sure I never gave up. She would help make sure I could play all day long if I wanted to. She told me never to worry about anyone else but me.
TheRustyArm: What is one piece of advice you would give to young players today?
Drew: Same as my dad said, play with your heart. Cause that is how you will find out what you truly love in baseball or life.
Drew Heid 4 RF
- Full Name: Andrew K. Heid
- Born: December 14, 1987
- Age: 26
- Birthplace: Yakima, WA
- Bats: L
- Throws: R
- Height: 5′ 10″
- Weight: 175
- Draft: Round 9 (2010, LAA)
- School: Gonzaga