Anderson goes in first round by White Sox
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1:00 AM
A career in Major League Baseball is now a reality for East Central Community College baseball standout Tim Anderson who was a first-round selection by the Chicago White Sox and 17th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft Thursday, June 6.
Anderson, the only community college player in the nation who was invited to attend the draft selection program held in New York and shown live on the Major League Baseball Network, said while interviewed following the announcement: "Dreams do come true....never give up."
ECCC head baseball coach Neal Holliman, who was also in attendance for the draft selection program, said of the nation-leading slugger and talented shortstop:
"Everyone knew that Tim has the ability and is a tremendous athlete, but what I keep informing people, is that his mental make-up is just as outstanding as his ability. We are very proud of Tim, and the contributions he made to our program go way beyond the field of play. We wish him the best and he will always be a great representative of East Central Community College, just as the other draftees that have come before him."
Prior to beginning his two-year standout baseball career at East Central, Anderson was a basketball star at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. However, knee injuries keep him off the court and reintroduced him to his "first love" of playing baseball. After two partial seasons on the diamond, Anderson caught the attention of Coach Holliman who provided the future major leaguer with his only collegiate offer.
Regarding his path to success, Anderson was quoted in The Meridian Star: "It wasn't easy going down my road. I'm very excited I didn't give up in the beginning. I knew it was going to be a tough road to travel down."
Anderson batted .360 and had four home runs his freshman season. He was also 30-for-30 in stolen base attempts. He received All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State honors following the successful campaign.
He continued his success in the 2012 Jayhawk Summer League and hit .380 with eight home runs and more than 30 stolen bases. He was named the number-two Major League Baseball prospect following competition.
As a sophomore member on the Diamond Warriors' 2013 MACJC State Championship squad, Anderson led the nation in batting with a .495 (91-184) average and 62 runs scored while finishing second with 41 stolen bases.
The 6-1, 180-pound Anderson collected 10 home runs, 11 triples, 18 doubles and 45 RBIs. He was credited with a .563 on-base percentage and .864 slugging percentage.
Anderson was named a First-Team NJCAA Division II All-American and again garnered All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State honors.
He signed with the University of Alabama in Birmingham earlier in the year but is obviously now focused on the Chicago White Sox organization.
"I'm very excited to be a White Sox," Anderson said. "It's a great organization. I'm just ready to climb the ladder.
Everyone says I have a lot of upside, and I do. I'm just going to come in and give it my all and play with everything I got."
The White Sox organization is obviously pleased with Anderson's selection and included the following statement in a news release:
"Tim is a very athletic player who, although we didn't target a specific position, certainly fits a need in the middle of the diamond," said Doug Laumann, White Sox director of amateur scouting. "He is an exciting top-of-the-order type player who is a game-changer with great ability to create offense at a key position on the field. Tim was the best player available, and we couldn't be more happy."
Anderson is the fifth Diamond Warrior selected in the Major League Draft since 2009, as he follows ZeErika McQueen, Daniel Eichelberger, Donnie Tabb and Carlos Leal.
"With Tim's selection, this gives the Diamond Warriors more draftees in the last five years any other MACJC school," said Coach Holliman.