CSI pitcher Isaac Anderson picked in 34th round by the Kansas City Royals

CSI pitcher Isaac Anderson picked in 34th round by the Kansas City Royals

CSI pitcher Isaac Anderson picked in 34th round by the Kansas City Royals


by Jay Tust

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Posted on June 8, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 8 at 7:07 PM

Twenty-two innings pitched.

That is all it took for College of Southern Idaho pitcher Isaac Anderson to prove he is ready to be a professional baseball player.

"It is pretty crazy. I don't really know how to explain that or know what happened, but it's pretty wild," Anderson said over the phone. "It's pretty humbling."

Anderson starred at shortstop during his playing days at Rocky Mountain High School. He hit .480 as a senior in 2012 and helped lead the Grizzlies baseball program to their first state title in school history.

From there, Anderson moved on to play collegiately at the College of Southern Idaho. He hit .295 as a freshman for the Golden Eagles and drove in a team-high 39 RBI.

But it was the potential Anderson showed at an unfamiliar position that ultimately convinced the Kansas City Royals to select him in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday.

The right-handed flame-thrower described it as an eye-opening moment - quite literally.

"It's kind of really cool to say I've been drafted into professional baseball. My intinital response is I was actually sleeping as the draft was going on," he said with a smirk, "so my mom had to wake me up and tell me I was drafted."

"Not a bad way to be woken up at all, to say the least," he joked.

The answer to "what's next?" for Anderson is not so simple. Clearly flattered by the Royals' decision to draft him, he says he will take some time to considered if the timing is right.

"It's still pretty up in the air of whether I sign or go back to CSI," Anderson explained.

"For only pitching 22 innings in my entire life since I was about 14, I feel like there is a lot of room for me to improve," he continued. "If the opportunity is not right, then I feel like I have the opportunity to improve as a pitcher instead of being a position guy who happens to throw on the mound."

That "position guy" limited hitters to a .153 opponent batting average this spring and posted a stingy 0.82 ERA in 14 appearances.

Regardess of what route Anderson chooses, it is obvious the potential is there.

Just think. A professional organization thought he was talented enough to draft with just 22 inning of experience.

Imagine the outcome with a little more seasoning.