WASHINGTON - Georgetown University baseball alum David Ellingson (MSB'17) left the Hilltop to join the professional ranks following his junior year. A year and a half later, the Seattle Mariners' prospect received his degree from Georgetown, just one semester after his original expected graduation date. Recently, GUHoyas.com was able to catch up with Ellingson for a Q&A as he prepares for his second spring training in 2018.
Last year, in his first full professional season, Ellingson made 16 appearances for Seattle's short season rookie affiliate -- the Everett (Washington) Aquasox. In 20.2 innings of work, he went 2-3 with a 5.23 ERA and three saves. He struck out 21, while walking just six.
You recently completed your degree on the Hilltop? Explain the process of how you graduated after turning pro following your junior year?
Yes, I just finished my degree in accounting. When I was drafted my junior year I had two more semesters to finish before I graduated. Luckily, in both of my first two offseasons the Mariners allowed me to go back and complete those semesters during the fall.
Now to this season, how was your first spring training?
Spring training was a great experience. It was a lot of fun to be surrounded by players throughout the organization, and be competing with players who had big league time. Also, the weather in Arizona during spring time is beautiful, which made playing baseball that much better after being used to the cold start at Georgetown. Spring training is comparable to getting ready for a college season or really any other season, but the big difference is that in spring training there are a lot more fans there watching practices.
You started off this season with saves in three of your first four appearances. Was there a carryover from last year's success?
I played this year in short-season rookie ball, which doesn't start until June. That being said I was in Arizona from March-May in extended spring training, preparing to have a strong start in Everett and that's what happened.
After a string of five or six bad outings, you ended the year strong, not allowing an earned run over your final six outings. What adjustments were you able to make to end on a strong note?
I believe the bad outings were a combination of tough luck and not having my best slider. After missing a few weeks due to forearm tendinitis, I came back in August and found my slider and started executing better pitch sequences, which led to my success.
What did the organization tell you following the season? Is there anything you are focusing on this offseason?
I did not get much feedback after the season, but every offseason is an opportunity to come back the next year even stronger. I will be focusing on building strength and getting a better feel for all my pitches.