DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis outfielder Ryan Anderson heard his name called on Wednesday afternoon, selected in the 31st round on day three of the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The redshirt junior communication major became the 52nd draftee overall from UC Davis since 1970, selected with the 929th pick overall by the Texas Rangers. Anderson is the fourth UC Davis selection of the Rangers all-time, and the first since Luke Steidlmayer was picked in the 45th round in 2001.
The Pleasanton, Calif., native follows last season’s draft duo of Robert Garcia and Orlando Razo, selected in the 15th round to the Kansas City Royals, and the 16th round to the Seattle Mariners, respectively.
One of just two Aggies to start all 53 games on the schedule, Anderson led the Aggies in eight different categories this season, including runs, hits, total bases, and slugging percentage. The Big West Conference first-team selection also ranked tied for first in the Big West at the end of the regular season, batting a career-high .345, while his 76 hits, 36 runs scored, six home runs, 36 RBI and 111 total bases all ranked among the top 10 in the league. His 5-for-5 effort at UC Riverside on Mar. 29 was the first by an Aggie since Tanner Bily finished 5-for-5 against CSUN in 2016, making him the seventh Aggie in the program’s Division I era to collect at least five hits in a single game.
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Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and animal science programs.
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