Ben Anderson Drafted By Rangers in MLB Amateur DraftPosted: Updated:
Vestal, N.Y. - Binghamton junior right-handed pitcher Ben Anderson got the call every baseball player dreams about. The New York native was drafted by the Texas Rangers on Day 3 of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. The Rangers took Anderson in Wednesday's 13th round (385th pick of draft - out of 1,217 total).
"My agent called me and when I heard the news I was super excited" said Ben. "It's something I've always wanted to do and I'm so glad I got the opportunity."
"My mom and dad were with me when I got the call. My dad took the day off from work to be here and it was awesome."
Ben's brother Ian, who was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2016 was the first person Ben called.
"I called him right away" said Ben." He was super excited, might have been more excited than me honestly. He was just really proud of me, as I was for him when he got picked, just a really good moment."
The MLB Draft is a familiar place for Bearcats baseball. Anderson becomes BU's ninth MLB Draft selection in the last eight years and the fourth Bearcat pitcher taken in the last four years. Anderson also becomes the second-highest BU pitching selection in program history.
"I can't say enough about Binghamton" said Ben. "It's an incredible place for baseball and for academics, for everything. The development and being a good human being. Every one there was huge in helping me in getting to where I am today. All of the coaches, trainers, and just all my teammates, were huge in this whole process."
At Binghamton, Anderson thrived out of of the bullpen, excelled at closing games for the Bearcats. However, that role transformed into a starting pitcher in his junior season, in 2019.
Anderson produced a record-breaking season in 2019, going 9-4 with 108 strikeouts and a 2.76 ERA in 88 innings. His 11.05 strikeouts per nine innings ranks as the highest average in the 30-year history of the America East and his strikeout total was the third-highest in conference history. He broke school records for wins and strikeouts and was named America East Pitcher of the Year and first team all-conference.
He finishes his collegiate career with 13 wins and a 2.61 ERA in 40 appearances (137.2 IP). That career ERA is the lowest in BU history.
"I'm not exactly sure where my future with Binghamton stands. We need to work out my contract with the Rangers and then I'll make my decision with what I want to do, moving forward" said Ben.