Drew Anderson Called Up to Majors

For the second time this season, a former Husker has received his first call to the Major Leagues, as Drew Anderson was called up Monday by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Drew Anderson, a 24th-round pick of the Brewers in the 2003 MLB Draft, has enjoyed a rapid climb in Milwaukee's organization this season, hitting a combined .297 with seven homers, 52 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 124 contests. Anderson will be in uniform with the Brewers tonight, as they begin a six-game road trip in Pittsburgh.

With his call up, Anderson will be the 24th Husker to reach the Major Leagues and the first Husker in-state player since Kip Gross was called up in 1990. Anderson is also the fourth Husker from Nebraska's 2001 CWS team to reach the Majors, joining Dan Johnson (Oakland), Adam Stern (Boston) and Shane Komine (Oakland).

Anderson spent most of the season at Double-A Huntsville (Ala.), hitting .289 with six homers, 43 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in 108 games. Anderson was then promoted to Triple-A Nashville of the Pacific Coast League, where he hit .333 with a homer, nine RBIs and three stolen bases. Anderson had eight multi-hit games in his 16 games in Triple-A, as the Sounds lost to Round Rock in the Pacific Coast League playoffs on Sunday.

Anderson hit .300 or better in his first three minor league seasons, leading the Florida State league with 158 hits during the 2005 season, while his .311 average ranked third in the league.

Anderson spent three seasons at Nebraska and was a part of two Big 12 title teams while helping NU to a pair of College World Series appearances. He played in 159 games at NU, hitting .259 with five homers and 61 RBIs. Anderson enjoyed his best season in 2002, hitting .266 with a homer and 32 RBIs while stealing eight bases to help the Huskers return to the College World Series. He earned a spot on the DQ Baseball Classic All-Tournament team in 2003, hitting .571 with two doubles in helping NU to the tournament title, including wins over nationally ranked Notre Dame and Wake Forest.

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