For 2012 Neptune Beach Pearl pitcher Will Anderson, the most nerve-wracking part of the 2013 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft wasn’t the wait to hear his name called, but the 10 minute break after Round 25, where the action finally got started. “I had an open mind, and I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Anderson said. “Day 3 came around, and I woke up to some text messages pretty early. Rounds started going by, and by the 24th round, I got a call from the Cardinals asking if I would sign.” The process didn’t end there, however, as Anderson received another message during the break after the 25th round from the Houston Astros. Anderson never heard back, however, and the Astros ended up drafting another player. Finally, with the 785th pick of the 26th round, the St. Louis Cardinals selected Anderson, and the wait was over.
This was not Anderson’s first experience with the draft; the Pleasanton, Calif., native was originally drafted out of high school by Tampa Bay. The pick was a draft follow, however, where the scouts watched his summer ball workouts, and the deal ultimately didn’t work out. Anderson then decided to attend Fresno State, and after limited playing time, transferred to Cal State Monterey Bay for his junior year. The only real hitch of the day came when Anderson was officially drafted, and MLB announced him as a Fresno State player, even though he had been with Monterey for the year. Anderson had a fantastic season for the Otters, going 8-4 on the year with a 2.45 ERA. The first Otter to be drafted, Anderson was named to two all-west teams, the all-conference team and was also an All-American.
Anderson has confirmed that he is in fact signing with the Cardinals and will report soon to their minor league team in Johnson City, Tenn. As he gets on his way, Anderson is excited to be with such a great organization and is looking forward to a successful career in baseball.