SECAUCUS, N.J. (NEWS10) – A Shenendehowa High School senior is headed to Atlanta.
In the 2016 Major League Baseball draft, Shen pitcher Ian Anderson was selected by the Atlanta Braves. He was chosen third overall.
Anderson became the highest drafted Section II athlete in history. It’s also the highest for any player from New York State since 1982.
The signing bonus, likely a hefty few million dollars, makes for a pretty nice pay day.
“It’s just something that you dream about, and to see it finally come true and probably even better than I dream about, it’s special,” Anderson said.
Anderson said he knew about 25 minutes before the draft the Braves would take him. He said Atlanta’s always been interested. But it picked up after he threw 16 strikeouts in the state regional last weekend.
He’s also proud of the history he made.
“It just goes to show you how good the baseball in Section II and how much better it’s even getting,” he said.
His parents are excited for his future.
“It’s wonderful,” his mom, Karen Anderson, said. “I’m so excited for him.”
“He’s worked so hard to get here, and to see this happen tonight and unfold like this was just incredible,” his father, Bob Anderson, said.
For now, Anderson will enjoy his moment. But then it’s back to the high school level as Shen plays in the state semifinals in Binghamton.
Anderson’s day began in New York City with a boat tour. He had a pre-draft luncheon and then visited Yankee Stadium.
NEWS10 ABC’s Josh Rultenberg sat down with Anderson and former MLB player Jim Abbott on what draft night means for him.
Anderson said it would be tough to sit back and watch at the draft.
“I think I’ve done everything I can up to this point, and anything can happen,” he said.
“It’s surreal I guess,” Abbott said. “It’s really the culmination of a lot of hard work, but it’s also the beginning of a new chapter. Being drafted by a team can change your life.”
Abbot’s biggest advice is to just enjoy it. A baseball career is fabulous, so exciting and so tough. It goes so fast. To be able to take a look and really absorb and see the excitement of your family, the friends, your community, enjoy every second of it.