Shortstop Tim Anderson was one of the — let's face it — he was the main offensive threat for the Dodge City Athletics during their historic run last season.
Anderson turned that success into a phenomenal sophomore season at East Central (Miss.) Junior College and brought him further into the spotlight of baseball scouts to the point of the possibility of being drafted Thursday night in the first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year draft.
The shortstop is going to be in New York at the MLB Network's Studio 42 with seven other potential first round selections waiting for his name to be called.
"I'm not nervous at all," Anderson, who was projected as a late first round selection by many media organizations, said in a telephone interview earlier this week. "For the most part, it's more exciting. I really don't know what's going to happen.
"I'll be in New York going to be doing something that's going to stick with me and my family for the rest of my life. It's going to be fun."
Anderson credits his time with the Athletics last summer as helping him prepare better for pitching this past spring; even after getting through the original culture shock that many see when they arrive in southwest Kansas for the first time. Anderson spent most of his time outside the game being hosted by Margie Cunningham and Ruby Beatty.
The shortstop batted .352 with eight home runs, 14 doubles, 48 runs, 39 runs batted in and 29 stolen bases during his time with the Athletics.
"It is kind of different in Dodge City, but I loved it and being there made me a better player," Anderson said. "I got to see better pitching and see players who love the game just like I do," Anderson said. "They competed hard and made me play a lot harder and getting ready for the future."
He did think it kind of funny if he were drafted by the Oakland Athletics (24th pick).
"It would be great to be with the Oakland A's after being with the Dodge City A's. I already have a lot of green and gold in my closet.
"I was more of a fan to players than teams when I was growing up. Wherever I land is my new favorite team."
Anderson continued to work well last spring for East Central. The shortstop led the nation in batting average (.495) and runs (62), and second in stolen bases (41). He also hit 18 doubles, 11 triples and 10 home runs this spring. He signed with Alabama-Birmingham before the draft to keep his options open.
The shortstop has also had the chance to show his abilities in a couple of major league parks during batting practices: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and The Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers.
Page 2 of 2 - "It feels good just to be able to go out there and work out," Anderson said. "My dream is to make it there and play in front of 50,000 people, so why not prepare for it."