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Pitcher weighing college or pro

By Jacob Longan
STILLWATER NEWSPRESS (STILLWATER, Okla.)


STILLWATER, Okla. — Brett Anderson insists he has not made a decision on his future.

The former Stillwater High ace pitcher has signed to play for his father, head coach Frank Anderson, at Oklahoma State. But he was also drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks 55th overall last month and is debating whether to play in college or turn professional. He said nothing has been decided, but “negotiations are starting to pick up a bit.”

If he comes to OSU, Anderson would not be eligible for the draft again until 2009 — after his third collegiate season.

“You want to go into the 2009 draft and show everyone that you should have been a first-rounder,” said Anderson on Thursday.

The former Aflac All-American and ace of the Junior National Team is spending the summer in Cincinnati playing for the Midland Redskins, the Connie Mack club he played with last summer.

Meanwhile, he is negotiating with the Diamondbacks, seeing if they make him an offer worth skipping college. Anderson said he is not looking for a certain dollar figure, but he wants more than the $635,000 signing bonus that went to that draft position last year.

“(I’ll sign) when I’m comfortable and I feel like they are offering me what I think I should be offered,” Anderson said.

He added that going to OSU “would be awesome. It’d be fun to play with my buddies. I’m torn.”

His buddies include three Cowboy signees who are on the Midland squad with him. All are, like Anderson, left-handed pitchers — Lubbock, Texas, natives Thomas Keeling and Tyler Lyons and Vermillion, Ohio, product Andrew Oliver.

Anderson said Oliver, who was drafted 516th overall in the 17th round by the Minnesota Twins, is in a similar situation in that both are hoping to get offered more than their draft spot typically gets.

The two Texans were not drafted.

Also, Anderson said the fact that fellow southpaw OSU signee Chris Armstrong of Owasso, Okla., signed with the Angels after being taken 432nd overall in the 14th round does not affect his decision.

“If I don’t sign (with the Diamondbacks), I’d be really happy to come (to OSU) and bring my friends there and do everything I can to bring my father’s team to the College World Series and win a national championship,” Anderson said.

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, 1642?3 innings pitched, 94 hits allowed, 276 strikeouts, 21 walks and a 0.9 ERA.

Despite all that and many projections stating Anderson was the most polished pitcher in the draft, had the most control of anyone in the country and would be selected at least midway through the first round, he slipped into the second round.

He admits it was a disappointing turn of events.

“You hear all those things about where you’re supposed to be,” Anderson said. “But I think the Diamondbacks are a good organization and the agents are representing me well. It’s a good fit.”

Anderson said the knock he heard about himself is he is not that athletic at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. But he has spent the summer getting in better shape.

Also, he was the ace on the Junior National Team over Dallas native Clayton Kershaw, selected ninth overall by the Dodgers.

Considering Anderson slipped in the draft and what he could mean to OSU, there has to be a part of Frank Anderson hoping his son will elect to be a Cowboy.

But the pitcher said his father is not pressuring him.

“He is letting me make my own decision,” Anderson said. “He just wants what’s best for me. He wants me to sign for what I think I’m worth.”

Anderson has until classes start on Aug. 21 to make a decision.

http://www.edmondsun.com/sports/cnhisnscolsports_story_209014611.html
 

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Come on Brett, you know that being at OSU will be the best time of your life. An opportunity to play for your dad, play for CWS and National Championships, and stay home and have better oppurtunity to play at OSU for 3 years so that you will be 1st round choice in MLB Draft.

Be a Cowboy, Brett!

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I was having a discussion last night with a dad of a soon-to-be (hopefully) Cowboy baseball walk-on. Because of the above article, I said Brett would not be able to be drafted again until after his junior year (if he didn't sign now.) Is this correct? What about players who go the junior college route. Can they be drafted after two years?
 

Slugger926

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I was having a discussion last night with a dad of a soon-to-be (hopefully) Cowboy baseball walk-on. Because of the above article, I said Brett would not be able to be drafted again until after his junior year (if he didn't sign now.) Is this correct? What about players who go the junior college route. Can they be drafted after two years?
Yes, JUCO players can be drafted after their Sophomore year. That is why JUCO's in general have much better pitching staffs than 4 year schools. There is one less year to throw your arm out before being drafted again by going the JUCO route.
 

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How much are your college years worth to you? :rolleyes:
That's why there is insurance. Brett can be guaranteed he will receive the amount of money currently offered to him 3 years from now.

Of course if you factor in the time-value of money for the next 3 years + the insurance premiums, he would have to be a mid to high 1st round pick to come out ahead.

If the money difference between what he wants and what they are offering is 30% or less - take the money now for sure.
 
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What insurance are you talking about exactly?

I don't know that they pass out those insurance policies for injuries as freely as they used to.

And I've never heard of an insurance policy that protects your draft position or a contract offer.
 

Slugger926

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What insurance are you talking about exactly?

I don't know that they pass out those insurance policies for injuries as freely as they used to.

And I've never heard of an insurance policy that protects your draft position or a contract offer.
YOu can insure anything if you are willing to cough up the $$$, or get a loan for the premiums. The NCAA will back some of the loans for insurance where you don't have to start paying on note until after you leave school just like student loans.