Mr. Irrelevant: Nationals Take Shaun Anderson With 1,216th Pick

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.

Shaun Anderson

Shaun Anderson (Photo by Alyson Boyer Rode)

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.