They might only be two games into their sophomore seasons at Evans High School, but brothers Kyle and Matt Anderson are becoming well-known commodities on the recruiting trail.
Kyle is a lefthanded pitcher who earned first team all-county Honors a year ago as a freshman. He went 6-3 on the mound with an impressive 2.21 era and 63 strikeouts in 54 innings. Matt is a catcher who was a second team all-county selection last season behind Greenbrier senior Taylor Glover, who hit .477 a year ago.
However, there are plenty of people who would put Matt’s defensive skills up against any catcher in the state no matter what age. He threw out 75 percent of would-be base stealers last season and turned plenty of heads this August in the Georgia All-Star Games. The Web site baseballscoutz.com reviewed the event and gushed over Matt, saying he “showed off a major league arm behind the plate.”
We might be getting ahead of ourselves a bit. Keep in mind: They are only 10th-graders. However, it is hard not to get excited when schools like South Carolina, the premier college program in the country, are rumored to have already offered scholarships to the pair.
At the same all-star games this summer where Matt drew rave reviews, Kyle was not far behind. One scout even projected him to possibly be a top 15-round MLB pick in a couple of years. Kyle worked three perfect innings and overshadowed several older, more well-known prospects. He was hitting 82-85 on the gun, which is exceptional for a lefty, period – much less a rising sophomore.
Who knows what the future holds for these two young men, but take this small story as a warning. I have a feeling you will be seeing their names in my columns quite a bit over the next few years.
Ex-Wolfpack star off to solid start
Former Greenbrier standout Mitchell Knox is in his final season of college baseball at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. (just outside of Charlotte, N.C). Last season, the 6-5, 200-pound lefthander emerged as one of the Eagles’ top pitchers. The Young Harris Junior College transfer made 23 appearances, going 3-1 and leading the team with a 3.29 ERA. So far this season, Winthrop is just 3-4, but Knox has been effective out of the bullpen. He has already made five appearances and has a record of 1-1. In 9.1 innings of work, he has five strikeouts and just two walks, and sports an ERA of 3.00.
Another former Greenbrier standout is playing Division I baseball in the Palmetto State. Blake Ross is a 5-10, 205-pound junior pitcher/outfielder for College of Charleston. While at Greenbrier, Ross had a huge senior season that saw him hit .429 with a county-best nine homers. After playing as a reserve in the outfield and getting some spot pitching duty the past two seasons, this year Ross likely will be used primarily on the mound. So far he has been solid for the Cougars, who are 4-4. Ross has made two appearances and worked three innings, yielding only one hit and a pair of strikeouts.