It's All In The Genes For Brett Anderson

When your father has been a twenty-year coaching veteran, and you mother was a collegiate softball standout, the chances are you will be inherited with the ‘baseball gene'. For Brett Anderson, baseball has been his life since he can remember. In fact, Anderson can't recall a time that he didn't play baseball.

"Baseball was a big factor in my life, especially with my father being a collegiate coach," Anderson said. "I did play a little football and basketball growing up, but I stopped when I entered high school."

Anderson stopped because he realized the chance of playing baseball at the highest level was within reach. Playing in the best district of Texas, and facing the likes of John Danks and other great youngsters that have came out of that state, Anderson knew he needed to focus on baseball.

"When you face players like John, that go on to get selected early in the draft, you realize you have a good chance of playing at a high level."

Anderson, a 6'4, 205 pound left-hander, has command of all his pitches and knows how to pitch successfully. His father Frank was named the head coach at Oklahoma State in June, 2003. Before that he spent four seasons as the pitching coach for the University of Texas and was a key force behind the Longhorns run to the National Title in 2002. Known as one of the top pitching coaches in the country, Anderson has had a successful twenty-year career as a collegiate coach. As a result that has carried down to his son, and Brett considers his pitchability the greatest strength of his game.

"I have a good feel for pitching," the younger Anderson says. "I know what pitch to throw in any given situation, and what pitch to throw to get a hitter out. I have a strong sense of that aspect of the game."

The Stillwater, Oklahoma native does not consider his game to be perfect and will be working his senior year on polishing his game to get himself ready for the next level.

"I believe I need to begin working on my changeup more," says the senior. "In high school you don't really use your changeup a lot. If you have a good fastball, you can get by with that. However, after high school, developing your changeup is key to your success."

Anderson's repertoire consists of a fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. The left-hander believe his fastball, which tops out at 94 MPH, is his best pitch, however, uses the slider as his strikeout pitch.

As a junior at Stillwater High School, Anderson compiled a 5-1 record with five saves, a 0.68 ERA, sixty-three strikeouts and just one walk in forty-three innings. Brett played a vital role this past September in the COPABE PAN-AM Championship Games, which were held in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Anderson went 2-0 in twelve innings, but most of all, tied an event record with twenty-four strikeouts.

"I just wish we could have beat Cuba," says Anderson when he thinks back to the event. "That was an incredible pitching experience for me. I pitched well, and tried to get my team to the Gold Medal Game."

Cuba defeated the United States in the Gold Medal Game.

Facing a scrappy Panamanian team, Anderson tossed a complete-game two-hitter, striking out thirteen batters to launch his team to the Gold Medal Game. The championships featured eight teams of players ages 18-and-under.

The left-hander has committed to Oklahoma State for the fall of '06, but did consider other schools, despite the fact that his father is the head coach at Oklahoma St.

"I was open to any school that wanted to talk to me," Anderson told the Scout Network. "A bunch of schools showed interest in me."

Those schools included LSU, Stanford, Miami and Oklahoma State.

"At the end of the day I decided to attend Oklahoma State."

The No.1 ranked player in the state of Oklahoma, is expected to be a hot topic when the 2006 draft rolls around. Some believe he has a strong sense of commitment to Oklahoma State. A solid scholar-athlete, Anderson is viewed as a player that wants to receive an education, and topping that off has a chance to play for his father.

"If the right situation comes along you have to look at the opportunity and explore your options. You need to look at what team drafts you, the round, and the money they are offering. I'm not going to sit here and say I don't want teams to draft me because I will be playing for my father," Anderson said. "You have to weigh your options and then decide."

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