Blue Jays draft Ben Anderson

Shenendehowa's Ben Anderson, left, receives his medal after the Plainsmen won the state's Class AA baseball championship game Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Binghamton University in Vestal. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)Shenendehowa's Ben Anderson, left, receives his medal after the Plainsmen won the state's Class AA baseball championship game Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Binghamton University in Vestal. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

VESTAL — The Anderson family now has two Major League draft picks.

Two days after Shenendehowa senior pitcher Ian Anderson became the third overall selection in the June 9 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Atlanta Braves, the Toronto Blue Jays selected his twin brother and teammate Ben Anderson in the 26th Round, the 792nd overall selection.

“It’s been a crazy weekend for our family and for this team,” Ben Anderson said. “I don’t even know if that news has hit me yet.”

Ben Anderson, 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, catches his brother and others, but is also a very effective pitcher who has committed to Binghamton University.

“Mid- to upper-80s fastball,” Baseball America writer Hudson Belinsky wrote of Ben Anderson’s scouting report. “Projectible build.”

Shenendehowa won its first-ever state title the day Ben Anderson was drafted, winning two games. Ian Anderson won the semifinal game earlier in the day 3-0. Ben Anderson caught that game, and caught the second, a thrilling 7-6 walk-off win over Webster Schroeder in the title game.

All-in-all, a good week for the Andersons.

“That’s beautiful and it’s [well-deserved],” Shenendehowa head coach Greg Christodulu said of Ben Anderson being drafted. “Ben, he’s just selfless. He’s given to this team so much.

“Him being drafted is just icing on the cake.”

About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.