Sports - Colorado Rockies

Jun 6, 2011 10:39 PM by Lee Douglas

Rox take lefty in first round of draft

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies have selected University of Oregon left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson with the 20th overall pick in the baseball draft.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Anderson was 8-3 with a 2.17 ERA this season for the Ducks. He set a team record with 114 strikeouts.

His fastball isn't blazing, topping out around 92 mph, but Anderson's deceptive delivery makes him hard to hit. He held teams to a .201 average this spring.

Anderson was originally drafted in the 50th round by Minnesota in 2008, but elected to go to Oregon. He's the first Ducks players to be taken in the first round since San Diego selected Dave Roberts with the top pick in 1972.

This marks the third time in four years the Rockies have gone with a lefty with their first pick.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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