No. 55 - Anderson picked by D'Backs

Stillwater High’s Brett Anderson was picked by Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks during the second round of Tuesday’s draft.

Brett Anderson had to wait a little longer than he expected on Tuesday.

Now, Oklahoma State fans will have to wait.

Anderson, Stillwater High’s ace pitcher the past three seasons, was selected in the second round, 55th overall, by the Arizona Diamondbacks in baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.

Some had projected the 6-foot-4, 215-pound left-hander to go as early as midway through the first round, but he was the ninth southpaw taken.

“I don’t know if I’m disappointed or surprised, but you can’t ever predict what is going to happen,” Anderson said. “It was a really weird draft. People were supposed to go in certain places and they didn’t. (Nebraska ace) Joba Chamberlain didn’t go in the first round like he was supposed to and a lot of hitters were taken earlier than projected.”

Anderson has signed to play for his father, head coach Frank Anderson, at Oklahoma State. Brett admitted his being drafted later than he thought he would be made it “more of an option” to wear the orange and black.

“It’s definitely too early (to say),” Brett said. “Negotiations and talks and stuff will go on for a while. I’m going to go play summer ball and go through negotiations and we’ll see what happens.”

Anderson was dominant in his three seasons in Stillwater. As a senior, he went 9-0 with two saves. In 57 1⁄3 innings, he allowed 27 hits, six runs with only three earned runs for a 0.37 ERA, 102 strikeouts and nine walks. That 11.3 strikeouts-to-walks ratio is impressive, but it is not even the best of his three SHS campaigns — he had 62 strikeouts and only one walk as a junior.

The career numbers are simply astounding — 22-2, eight saves, 164 2⁄3 innings pitched, 94 hits allowed, 276 strikeouts, 21 walks and a 0.9 ERA.

So why did he slip on draft day? He said he had heard one knock on him was his perceived lack of athleticism. And, of course, pro teams were aware he was likely to be tempted to play college ball for his father in his hometown.

“After the first round and the first sandwich picks they thought I wouldn’t be signable,” he said.

For his part, Frank Anderson said he was not surprised at where his son was selected. Of course he wants the best for his son, which could mean Brett signs with the Diamondbacks now — or it could lead to the lefty playing for his father.

“We were excited (when we got the call),” Frank said. “To me, it’s just part of the process. It wasn’t a jumping and going crazy type of thing. It’s something that happened and we’re excited about it.”

A rule prevents players who go to four-year colleges from being drafted until they either complete at least their junior year or are 21 years old.

Thus if Brett does elect to become a Cowboy, he won’t be drafted again for at least three years.

He admitted he had thought before the draft how it would be great to play one season for his father, improve his draft stock and go pro next summer.

Now, he said he is giving some thought to throwing for OSU for three seasons and proving that he should be a higher pick.

“You see some guys that are taken and you know how you match up against them,” Brett said. “You think to yourself that you’re just as good or better than those guys.”

It is unclear when he will make a decision. For now, he plans to head to Cincinnati to play for the Midland Redskins, the Connie Mack club he played with last summer. Meanwhile, his agent will try to get him a deal that makes it worth his skipping college.

As Frank said, “It’s got a long time to play out. There are too many unknowns at this point. You can sign up until the first day you walk into class.”

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