2013 MLB Draft: Dodgers pick SP Chris Anderson in 1st round

Mike Stobe

The Dodgers have been successful in drafting young arms, and hope Chris Anderson can continue the trend.

With the 18th pick in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft, the Dodgers selected right-handed pitcher Chris Anderson, a junior from Jacksonville University.

Anderson is currently 20-years-old at 6 foot 4 inches tall and 225 pounds. Scouts projected Anderson to go towards the back end of the first round.

Jon Sickels of MinorLeagueBaseball.com said of Anderson: "Strongly built at 6-4, 225, Anderson showed sharpened command this spring of a plus fastball/plus slide combination. His change-up also improved, and he profiles as an inning-chewing mid-rotation starter."

Keith Law of ESPN said: "Anderson has the size, roughly the fastball velocity and the potential out pitch in that slide to profile as a No. 2 starter."

Johnathan May of MLB.com said: "Anderson was a hot commodity early, but recent struggles have lead to a late fade. He could be this year's Michael Wacha, who was in early 1-1 conversations last year but fell to St. Louis at No. 19."

Anderson's journey to Chavez Ravine is officially underway, joining Zach Lee and company as the top Dodgers pitching prospects.

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