CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Rising sophomore Nick Anderson spent his summer turning heads just up the road in Victoria. Playing for the Generals of the Texas Collegiate League, the outfielder was named the top prospect in the Texas Collegiate League by Baseball America.
Anderson enjoyed a stellar summer in the wood bat league, finishing the season with a .287 average over 49 games. The right-hander also drew a slew of walks, producing a gaudy .417 on-base percentage. His 30 walks were nearly a three-fold improvement over his freshman campaign on the Island when he drew only 11 free passes in 48 games. Meanwhile, Anderson struck out just 22 times all summer.
Baseball America praised Anderson for his strength and projectability. The Islander led the Generals with four home runs on the summer after hitting just one home run during the collegiate year. Anderson slugged .427 during the stint in Victoria, good for third in the league. Along with his four long balls, the Islander added six doubles and a pair of triples in the wood bat league.
Anderson also drew high marks for his instincts on the basepaths from Baseball America. After recording just one stolen base all Spring, Anderson burned up the bases with a dozen swipes in Victoria.
After appearing in 48 games as a freshman for the Islanders, Anderson is poised to be a cornerstone piece of a revamped squad in 2017. He'll look to build upon a solid rookie season when he hit .252 with 17 RBI.