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Monday, June 6, 2011
Inland Empire: Anderson, Martin get the call in MLB draft

By Dan Arritt

While a number of Southland high school baseball players came to the realization that their stock had indeed dropped Monday during the opening round of the MLB draft, Chino High outfielder/first baseman Jacob Anderson and Corona Santiago shortstop Brandon Martin met their expectations.

Anderson was selected 35th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays, a supplemental pick between the first and second round, making him the second high school player from Southern California selected in the draft.

Toronto was awarded the pick as compensation for losing left-handed relief pitcher Scott Downs to the Angels through free agency. The Blue Jays passed on highly touted Huntington Beach Edison left-hander Henry Owens, who went one pick later to the Red Sox. Owens was one of several prep players with Southern California ties who weren’t selected as high as projected.

Three picks after Anderson's name was announced, the Tampa Bay Rays grabbed Martin, a slick-fielding middle infielder who has speed and can hit for power.

Martin, who signed with Oregon State in November after de-committing from Cal State Fullerton, is mostly lauded for his soft hands and strong, accurate arm.

The Rays received the 38th pick as compensation for losing closer Rafael Soriano to the Yankees via free agency.

Anderson, who has signed with Pepperdine, is 6-4, 185 pounds and projects as both an outfielder or corner infielder. Scouts like his combination of speed and power.

Anderson made a name for himself last August by winning the home run derby at the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

It's the second time in the last three years a player from the I.E. was drafted 35th overall. Yucaipa third-baseman Matthew Davidson was selected with that pick two years ago by the Arizona Diamondbacks.