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That’s a feeling Walters is familiar with, his own family making sacrifices for his baseball aspirations throughout his childhood. They moved to Las Vegas for his high school years so he could play in leagues alongside Bryce Harper, who was playing above his age, and he spent his time at the University of San Diego wisely enough to graduate in three years, with assistance from University of Nevada-Las Vegas online summer courses. That way, when he was at USD he could focus on baseball with the likes of Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz and Solis — going 2-for-4 (with two singles and two strikeouts) against “a video-game-like” Stephen Strasburg during the future No. 1 pick’s time at San Diego State.

So he fit when he arrived in Potomac, the familiar faces helping him adjust and his quick wit and wry sarcasm making it an easier transition. His goal is to start the 2012 season at Double-A — a continued progression in what will be just his third minor league season. Maybe down the road he’ll begin to see Jason Marquis as the pitcher who was traded for him, instead of the other way around.

“[The trade] was just havoc,” Walters said. “But every guy gets traded or plays with a different team along the way. At first I was kind of like, ‘[Shoot], they hate me. I’m going down the drain,’ and then I just realized everything would be fine.”