The Dodgers made their first ever pick out of Jacksonville University on Thursday when they took right-handed pitcher Chris Anderson with their first-round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, No. 18 overall. He was rated by Baseball America as the ninth best right-handed pitcher in the draft.
"We’re extremely excited to have selected a player of Chris’ ability level," said Dodger draft head Logan White in a release. "He’s a big physical young man with three quality Major League pitches and a bulldog-competitive makeup to go with it."
Anderson, a 6'4, 225-pound pitcher was 7-5 with a 2.49 ERA in 14 starts for Jacksonville in his junior season in 2012, including three complete games. The 20-year-old struck out 101 in 104⅔ innings and was named to the All Atlantic Sun Conference second team.
Just to avoid any confusion with the basketball player on the Heat, the Dodgers sent out this tweet.
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The slot value for the No. 18 pick is $2.1 million, per Baseball America.
Anderson is on Twitter at @SeeAyy.