EUGENE, Ore. – Tyler Anderson was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday evening.
The native of Las Vegas was the 20th overall pick after spending three seasons as the University of Oregon’s Friday-night starter.
Anderson was part of Oregon’s original class as the Ducks brought back baseball for 2009 after the program was discontinued following the 1981 season.
The southpaw is the program’s second first-round draft pick in the history of the club, and the first since Dave Roberts was taken as the No. 1 overall pick in 1972.
The Las Vegas native is the first pitcher to be taken in the first round in the history of the Oregon baseball program. Since 1965, Oregon has had 29 players selected in the MLB draft. Anderson is also the eighth selection for Oregon since 2009.
Anderson came to Oregon after graduating Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas in 2008. After three years with the Ducks, Anderson’s work ethic was a major reason he turned his 2008 50th round selection (Minnesota Twins) into a first-round pick in 2011.
Following his junior season on the mound, Anderson was named to the Louisville Slugger All-American second team, and was also announced as one of the 30 semifinalists for the 2011 USA Golden Spikes Award.
Anderson received Oregon’s eighth All-American honor in program history, and the first since Roberts earned the recognition in 1972.
Anderson was also named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team for the second consecutive season last Tuesday, after completing the year with an 8-3 record, 2.17 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 107 and 2/3 innings on the mound.
The left-hander holds the Oregon all-time record with 285 career strikeouts, and holds the Oregon single-season record with 114 strikeouts (2011). On March 4, Anderson dealt a career-high 14 strikeouts in a win at Long Beach State, also claiming the Oregon single-game strikeout record.
In 2010, Anderson became the first Duck named to the Pac-10 All-Conference Team in 39 years, and becomes the first player since Oregon baseball was reinstated for the 2009 season to receive the honor on two occasions.
In 15 starts during the 2011 season, Anderson recorded 12 quality outings, and also posted six starts with six double-digit strikeouts. In his career, Anderson has 11 outings with double-digit strikeouts.
This year, Anderson also tossed the second complete game of his career, allowing two runs on three hits while fanning nine in the series-opening 4-2 win over Arizona April 21.
In what was presumed to be his final appearance in an Oregon uniform at PK Park on May 27, Anderson pitched the Ducks to a 4-1 victory over No. 6 Oregon State in the Civil War Series opener.
The junior left-hander held the Beavers to one run in seven and 1/3 innings, scattering four hits and fanning 10. He exited the game to a standing ovation of 3,052 in the top of the eighth.
His 17 career wins at Oregon tie for third all-time, and Anderson is the first UO pitcher to record back-to-back seasons with at least 100 strikeouts (105, 2010; 114, 2011). During his career, Anderson averaged 8.77 strikeouts per nine innings.
Since 2009, Anderson has made 46 starts on the mound for the Ducks and has pitched in four combined shutouts, while tossing 292 and 1/3 innings in a Duck uniform. Of his 285 career strikeouts, 80 were looking. He also picked off 16 runners during his career.
Anderson also spent the summer of 2010 pitching for the Collegiate National Team.
Since Oregon baseball was reinstated in 2009, Anderson is the second Oregon pitcher taken by the Colorado Rockies as the club selected Erik Stavert in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB Draft.