FAYETTEVILLE – Junior infielder Brian Anderson was selected by the Miami Marlins in the third round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Anderson, who was the 76th overall pick, is the first Arkansas player selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. He is the fourth Razorback in the last five years selected by the Miami Marlins, joining Colby Suggs who taken by the Marlins with the 73rd overall pick last year.
A native of Edmond, Okla., Anderson played and started in all 65 games for the Razorbacks in 2014 and posted a .328 batting average with seven home runs, 14 doubles and 51 runs batted in. He was 9-for-11 in stolen bases and scored 39 runs, tallied 79 total hits and added three triples. Anderson’s 51 RBI led the team and he became the first Arkansas player since 2011 to reach the 50 RBI mark. He tallied 20 multi-hit games, recorded 12 multi-RBI contests and added a 13-game hitting streak during the year.
Anderson took his game to another level at the NCAA Charlottesville Regional, hitting .615 in four games with eight hits, three runs scored and a .688 on base percentage to earn All-Tournament honors.
In his 171-game Arkansas career, Anderson has hit .318 with 109 runs scored, 13 home runs and 98 runs batted in. Anderson earned second-team All-SEC honors as a sophomore and was one of 50 collegiate players named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes midseason Award Watch List during the 2014 season.
The 2014 MLB Draft continues Friday with rounds 3-10, followed by rounds 11-40 Saturday at noon.
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