Name: Taylor “Jake” Anderson
School level: HS
In the seventh round the Yankees drafted another high schooler. This time it was skinny outfielder, he’s 6’1″ and 165 lbs., Taylor “Jake” Anderson.
Here is what Baseball America had to say about him:
Anderson has the best combination of athleticism and signability among Louisiana’s high school position players. He still needs to add strength to his 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame, but scouts like his loose lefthanded swing. He’s committed to Meridian (Miss.) JC.
Here is an excerpt from a local news story about him:
Anderson turned heads this spring by hitting .625, leading the Panthers to the Class 4A playoffs. The District 7-4A MVP scored 41 runs, had 35 extra-base hits out of 50 total hits, including 24 doubles. He also had 34 runs batted in. He compiled a 5-3 record, and also was a shortstop-outfielder.
“I miss him already,” Woodlawn coach Ron Turpin said. “Jake is one of those players who comes along once in a coach’s career. He’s got great hand-eye coordination, a strong arm, and he can play any position out there. He’s something special.”
Turpin stresses Anderson, a Meridian Community College signee, is anything but an overnight success story. He earned all-district honors in Class 5A for two seasons before the Panthers moved down to 4A for 2009-10.
There is a twist to Anderson’s story. As a junior, he stood 5-foot-10 and weighed 140 pounds. Then came a growth spurt. Anderson is now 6-1 and weighs 165 and is projected as a second baseman.
“Since last year I’ve gotten a lot bigger and stronger,” Anderson said. “It’s helped me with my game, but I never thought I’d hit .600.”
Sounds like this kid has potential to grow to become a decent outfielder. I like that before he’s even signed it sounds like he’s pretty dedicated to improving himself. He’s another Yankee fan and was drafted as an outfielder, but literally played every position in high school. Sounds like the Yankees have a lot to work with here.