Former Stillwater High School standout pitcher and now AA pitcher in the Oakland Athletics’ system, Brett Anderson received some exciting news about a month ago.

Anderson had been selected as one of the approximate 60 minor league baseball players to be considered to represent the United States in the Olympics. His excitement only grew when he was notified later that he had been chosen as a pitcher in the 10th annual All-Star Futures Game for Team USA.

“It was awesome,” Anderson said of learning of his opportunity. “As young as I am and getting a chance to play with some of the best minor league prospects ... it’s awesome.”

Anderson is one of 24 players on the Team USA roster, which will go head-to-head with the World Team on July 13 at Yankee Stadium in New York. The chance to play one of the last games in historic Yankee Stadium before their new facility is constructed is a real honor for Anderson.

“I’m going to go rub Babe Ruth’s forehead before I pitch,” joked Anderson. “I’ve always wanted to go there.”

Now Anderson has his chance, but it won’t be long. Expecting to throw for only one inning, Anderson, as a starter, will have to play a role he isn’t used to.

“You can just go in and let it loose — let it fly,” Anderson said of only having one inning to impress the coaches and scouts that will ultimately choose the Olympic roster. “It will be fun.”

While the 2008 All-Star Futures Game will allow these players to be on a platform and display their skills to the coaches, the selection process to play in the Olympics is a season-long compilation.

Anderson, a second-round pick by Arizona in the 2006 MLB draft, faired well in his first start for the AA Midland RockHounds after starting the season at Class A Stockton.

Anderson threw six innings, gave up three hits and two earned runs, while striking out 12 in the win. The left-hander tallied a 9-4 record with a 4.14 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 74 innings pitched for Stockton.

Those numbers, paired with an impressive showing in Yankee Stadium, could provide Anderson to live the dream.

“Not very many people get the chance to say they got to play in the Olympics,” Anderson said.