School: Simi Valley HS (Simi Valley, CA)
Cardinal: Selected in the fourth round of the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $250,000 signing bonus.
|Johnson City (R)||.331||154||51||6||36||28||6||15||29||.383||.513|
JS (12): "Anderson was rated by Baseball America as the 83rd best high school prospect coming into 2005, but his offensive production fell off as he had little protection in the Simi Valley High lineup and he fell to the Cardinals in the fourth round. Johnson City manager Tommy Kidwell said that Anderson reminds him of former Cardinals prospect Daric Barton."
LM (10): "This is the exact ranking where I slotted Anderson. He led the Johnson City squad with a .331 batting average, .531 slugging percentage and .896 OPS. He also led the team with 36 RBI's. Anderson displayed good plate discipline for one so young, striking out once every 5.31 at bats or 6.07 plate appearances. The last month of the season Anderson went a hot .397/.435/.641/1.076, 31-for-78 in twenty-five games with five doubles, one triple, four home runs and 26 RBI's. Certainly, part of this ranking is the position he plays, catcher. Little was reported on his defensive capabilities but he was charged with only three errors during the season. Baseball America ranked Anderson as the Appalachian League's tenth-best prospect. He was the second youngest player on their Top 20 for that league."
RM (11): "Anderson was selected in the fourth round of the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft, receiving a $250,000 signing bonus. This past season, Anderson hit .331/.383/.513 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 51 games for Rookie-level Johnson City. His was rated by Baseball America as the tenth best prospect in the Appalachian League. For those of you who didn't like the trade that sent another catching prospect, Daric Barton, to Oakland, as part of a deal for starting pitcher Mark Mulder, take some comfort in that Anderson is taking his place on the Top Prospect list and is reminding some within the Cardinals' organization of Daric Barton."
BW (12): "The left-handed hitting catcher from the fourth round last year impressed with the bat in his first season as a professional. A .331 batting average and 36 RBI in 154 at-bats were very good signs to me, especially coming from an 18-year-old. He even stole six bases."
STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking); JS = Jason Scott; LM = Leonda Markee; BW = Brian Walton; RM = Ray Mileur; NR = Not Rated
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