BOISE -- Rocky Mountain alumnus Isaac Anderson travelled to Kansas City to work out for the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday.
Anderson was selected by the Royals in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on June 8, but the organization wanted to take a closer look at the right-handed pitcher before potentially offering him a contract.
Anderson completed a 25-pitch bullpen, then threw 25 more balls to live hitters in front of talent evaluators from Kansas City. He told KTVB sports director Jay Tust that he was "okay" with his performance.
Prior to the draft, the Royals only saw Anderson pitch once. After taking up the position less than a year ago, he only threw 22 innings at the College of Southern Idaho this spring. Anderson returned to Boise following his freshman season and was at the Idaho 5A State Baseball Tournament watching his alma mater when a scout from Kansas City approached him and asked if he would throw.
Anderson’s low-to-mid 90s fastball clearly impressed and was enough for the Royals to ultimately pull the trigger and claim his rights in the draft.
Kansas City has until July 15 to present Anderson with the monetary offer he is asking for. Otherwise, he says he will likely return to the College of Southern Idaho for his sophomore season and attempt to improve his stock.
In the meantime, Anderson says he plans to play in the Alaska Baseball League for the Anchorage Bucs.