Baseball - Sat, Jan. 18, 2014
The Purdue University North Central Baseball program is pleased to add another name to the list of professionals that have come through the program. A member of the 2013 Panthers, Spencer Anderson recently signed a professional contract with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League.
As a senior for the Panthers, the athletic Anderson earned First Team All CCAC honors while patroling the outfield. While playing in 41 games, he boasted a .375 batting average and led the team in Runs Scored (45), Hits, (57), Triples (5), Total Bases (83), and Stolen Bases (15). His speed made him a constant threat to opponents on the basepaths. In 18 stolen base attempts, he only managed to be thrown out three times. Combining his speed and hustle, he often turned many singles into extra base hits.
"It's a blessing to be able to get an opportunity like this. Playing pro ball has always been my dream and the Frontier League will be a good start for me. I'm hoping the great season I had last year at PNC will transcend even more this year with the Cornbelters," said Spencer Anderson.
Anderson had the opportunity to work out for many professional teams and was an MLB draft prospect at the conclusion of the 2013 season, but the pieces were not able to fall into place for a roster spot last summer. With the new season came a new opportunity for Anderson, who impressed the Normal Cornbelter's staff enough to offer an early contract.
A news release on the Normal Cornbelter's website states:
"Anderson will be starting his first season in professional baseball after graduating from Purdue University North Central in 2013. There he led the team with a .375 batting average and was third on the team with 27 RBI. He also stole 15 bases out of 18 attempts. His senior season he was named first team for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
'Spencer was recommended to us by a scout we really trust. He's an athletic outfielder with a lot of tools that will give him a chance to succeed in our league,' said Cornbelters Manager Brooks Carey."
After attending Vincennes University and Mid-Continent University, Anderson joined the Panther baseball program for his senior year. While calling Purdue North Central home, he was able to use all the opportunities given to succeed and move on to the next level.
Anderson is the sixth player in eight years from the program to sign a professional contract. He joins the professional ranks of current head coach Shane Prance from 2012, Nate Bryan from 2011, Chris Schultz from 2009, and Steve Georgian & Steve Hudson from 2007. Being a small college program, the Panthers are proud to boast the accomplishment of giving numerous players the opportunity to move on and play at the next level.
The PNC baseball program hopes to continue its trend of ensuring academic success and opening the door to professional baseball throughout the coming years. The 2014 season opener under the direction of first year skipper Shane Prance is scheduled for February 22 against Ashford University in Jacksonville, IL.
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