June 7, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Tim Anderson of East Central (Miss.) Community College, who signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the UAB baseball team in 2014 last November, was selected Thursday with the 17th overall pick by the Chicago White Sox in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Anderson, a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., produced a standout season for the Warriors in his second year at ECCC. The shortstop hit .495, collected 90 hits, 10 homers, 18 doubles, 11 triples, 45 RBI, scored 63 runs and was 41 of 45 on stolen base attempts en route to earning NJCAA Division II Baseball All-America honors. He also produced an impressive .568 on-base percentage and .879 slugging percentage.
In addition, Anderson's batting average and on-base percentage was tops amongst all Division II junior college players, while his hit and steal totals ranked second and fifth, respectively.
"When we first met Tim Anderson he was obviously an extremely talented player," UAB head coach Brian Shoop said. "But the thing that stood out the most was his 'off the charts character'. He is even a better person than he is a player and might very well play our game professionally for a long time. We are thrilled for Tim and his family. This is a great day in his young life and we are so proud of Tim."
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Anderson was the third shortstop selected in the MLB amateur draft, and first overall pick by the Chicago White Sox organization.