With the 1,216th and final pick in the 2013 draft, the Nationals selected Florida high school righthander Shaun Anderson. In doing so, they offered a reminder of just how hard it is to be drafted.
Anderson is talented. He stands 6-foot-4, 235 pounds with big legs and broad shoulders. He flashed intriguing stuff as a junior at American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) at the 2012 National High School Invitational in a showdown with Harvard-Westlake High (Studio City, Calif.). He sat in the mid-80s, touching higher and flashed some 90s at later events. He also occasionally showed a sharp slider.
He was all-state and sat 89-90 mph this year, touching 92, with his slider still ahead of his changeup among his secondary pitches. His stuff simply didn’t take a huge step forward this year, and he is also committed to Florida, which helps explain why he lasted until the 40th round.
In a reminder of how hard it is to get drafted, Anderson was the final player taken this year. He went 6-1, 0.77 with 74 strikeouts in 63 innings for one of the best high school programs in one of the best states for high school baseball. There are a lot of players taken in every draft, but there are also a lot of talented players who go undrafted as well.