Anderson Working on Everything

DUNEDIN, FL - In the first round of the 2011 draft, the Blue Jays chose outfielder/first baseman Jacob Anderson out of Chino Senior High School in California. The 19-year-old may have come off as reserved and maybe even a little shy in the beginning of the season, but he is warming up to his first year with the Jays.

Jacob Anderson is developing the confidence that he needs to move forward and have a successful start to his pro career.

"The first thing that you notice with him is that he is a big, strong kid," Hitting Coach Josh Schneider said. "He held back a little in training, but I think he was just taking it all in and is figuring it all out now. He's one of those guys that has really come in to his own about the last month or so offensively, where he is starting to figure some things out and put it together."

During the offseason, Anderson worked out at his local sports facility with five other professional baseball players. They worked out five days a week, training in everything from strength to agility to throwing. The 6-foot-4 outfielder put on a little bit of weight and added some muscle to get ready for Spring Training.

"My first Spring Training went well," Anderson said. "For being my first, I didn't really know what to expect. It was kind of a grind but it was fun learning a lot and working on getting better. The coach's really helped and taught me a lot about the physical part as well as the mental part of the game."

In Extended Spring Training, Anderson was working on all aspects of his game. After playing first base throughout high school, the Jays moved Anderson to the outfield for pro ball. Being his first year playing the outfield, he is training in all areas and getting used to the new position.

"He was working on defense in the outfield, just throwing in the outfield, recognizing what hitters are doing when he's out there moving around on defense and refining his approach," Schneider said. "He's learning about what pitches to attack and what counts. Mechanically he is pretty sound, so it's more of an approach thing with him right now."

Anderson is feeling confident with his game right now and trying to keep his confidence level at an even keel, not getting too high or too low with it. This first year is a learning process and a time for Anderson to work on his whole game.

"I pretty much need to work on everything," Anderson said. "Everyone down here is pretty good so you have to separate yourself and be good at everything."

If the first year Jay can keep up the positive attitude, hard work and dedication, he should be able to turn his first year into many more to come. As a first round pick, it's no surprise to see that expectations are high for Anderson—and that he's doing enough to meet those expectations.

"He is doing very well," Schneider said. "He is meeting, if not exceeding expectations so far. The sky is the limit for him. I think he has a lot of room to grow physically and I think he can be a pretty complete player in the outfield and at the plate."

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\r\n \r\nJacob Anderson is developing the confidence that he needs to move forward and have a successful start to his pro career.
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\"The first thing that you notice with him is that he is a big, strong kid,\" Hitting Coach Josh Schneider said. \"He held back a little in training, but I think he was just taking it all in and is figuring it all out now. He's one of those guys that has really come in to his own about the last month or so offensively, where he is starting to figure some things out and put it together.\"
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During the offseason, Anderson worked out at his local sports facility with five other professional baseball players. They worked out five days a week, training in everything from strength to agility to throwing. The 6-foot-4 outfielder put on a little bit of weight and added some muscle to get ready for Spring Training.
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\"My first Spring Training went well,\" Anderson said. \"For being my first, I didn't really know what to expect. It was kind of a grind but it was fun learning a lot and working on getting better. The coach's really helped and taught me a lot about the physical part as well as the mental part of the game.\"
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In Extended Spring Training, Anderson was working on all aspects of his game. After playing first base throughout high school, the Jays moved Anderson to the outfield for pro ball. Being his first year playing the outfield, he is training in all areas and getting used to the new position.
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\"He was working on defense in the outfield, just throwing in the outfield, recognizing what hitters are doing when he's out there moving around on defense and refining his approach,\" Schneider said. \"He's learning about what pitches to attack and what counts. Mechanically he is pretty sound, so it's more of an approach thing with him right now.\"
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Anderson is feeling confident with his game right now and trying to keep his confidence level at an even keel, not getting too high or too low with it. This first year is a learning process and a time for Anderson to work on his whole game.
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\"I pretty much need to work on everything,\" Anderson said. \"Everyone down here is pretty good so you have to separate yourself and be good at everything.\"
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If the first year Jay can keep up the positive attitude, hard work and dedication, he should be able to turn his first year into many more to come. As a first round pick, it's no surprise to see that expectations are high for Anderson—and that he's doing enough to meet those expectations.
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