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Anderson headlines 124 NJCAA student-athletes taken in MLB Draft
 June 10, 2013

East Central CC (Miss.) shortstop Tim Anderson became the first of 124 NJCAA student-athletes to be selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft when he was taken with the 17th overall pick by the Chicago White Sox. The NJCAA has now had a student-athlete drafted in the first round in three of the last four years.

Anderson (right) became the seventh-highest drafted player to come straight from an NJCAA college and is the highest drafted shortstop since Glen Franklin of Chipola (Fla.) was taken with the ninth overall pick in 1978. Anderson is the third MLB first-round pick to come straight from an NJCAA program since Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was taken with the No. 1-overall pick in 2010 out of Southern Nevada.

Three NJCAA student-athletes were drafted in the second round. The Boston Red Sox selected Seminole State (Okla.) right-handed pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz with the 45th pick, while the Kansas City Royals followed with left-hander Cody Reed from Northwest Mississippi with the 46th pick. The Atlanta Braves used their 65th overall pick to bring in Miami Dade (Fla.) catcher Victor Caratini.

Providing the most picks in the draft were Miami Dade, Howard (Texas) and Western Oklahoma State who each had five players selected. Grayson (Texas), Seminole State (Okla.) and Weatherford College (Texas) each had four student-athletes taken. Texas colleges saw the most talent advance to the next stage in their career with 24 student-athletes going in the draft, while colleges from the state of Florida saw 22 players chosen.

Pitching continued to be the most sought-after position from the two-year collegiate ranks as 75 hurlers from the NJCAA were selected in the draft. NJCAA programs had 19 infielders and 19 outfielders picked, while nine catchers from the organization were taken.

All 30 Major League clubs drafted a player straight from an NJCAA college. The Texas Rangers brought in the highest number of NJCAA student-athletes with eight – followed by the Braves, Nationals and Kansas City Royals who each drafted seven.

With a total of 1,126 players being selected in the MLB Draft, over 10 percent of the players taken came from NJCAA colleges.

Click here for a complete listing of NJCAA student-athletes taken in the 2013 MLB Draft

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