Ryan Anderson: First Larks MLB Draft Pick
BISMARCK, ND – Former Larks outfielder Ryan Anderson (University of California-Davis) has been selected in the 31st round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers. The Rangers selected Anderson with the 929th overall pick in the draft.
“I couldn’t be happier for Ryan. After last season, I told the front office that Ryan Anderson would be the first Larks big leaguer,” said Larks Field Manager Sean Repay. “He now gets to go live his dream. He’s excited, and the whole organization is as well!”
In the Larks’ inaugural 2017 season, Anderson appeared in 49 games and played mostly right field with occasional appearances at first base. Anderson registered 13 doubles, five home runs, and 27 RBIs. He also hit for a .340 batting average, the seventh-highest average in the Northwoods League last season.
In his junior season with UC-Davis, Anderson led the Aggies with a .345 batting average, 76 hits, 36 RBIs, a .384 on-base percentage, and a .505 slugging percentage.
The Bismarck Larks are a proud affiliate of the Northwoods League, the proven leader in development of elite college baseball players. The Larks mission is to use FUN to make a difference in the lives of our families, businesses, players, and communities we serve. This is accomplished with a commitment to putting fans first and providing high quality family entertainment at affordable prices. In 2017, the Larks sold out 27 of their 36 home games in Bismarck Municipal Ballpark, home of Dakota Community Bank and Trust Field, and were named the Northwoods League’s Organization of the Year.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 190 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.