Five years ago, Oregon pitcher Tyler Anderson was selected in the first round by the Colorado Rockies with the 20th overall pick. Last weekend, Anderson finally stepped onto the mound at Coors Field for his MLB debut, which proved to be a historic one when it came to his former school.
Anderson became the first former Oregon baseball player to start in MLB since 1957. The last Oregon player to do so was Curt Barclay, who made his major league debut with the New York Giants that season. Anderson is also just the fifth Duck ever to reach the big leagues.
After waiting five years for his shot at the big leagues, Anderson was called up when the Rockies placed closer Jake McGee on the disabled list. Anderson got the start last Sunday and he was brilliant, throwing six shutout innings while giving up five hits with no walks and six strikeouts before being pulled in the seventh as a run scored off a reliever.
This was just one big step in Anderson's professional career, but if he keeps pitching like he did on Sunday, he could see himself having a long, successful career in the future.