Rocky Mountain baseball's Cole Anderson chooses professional career over college
KUSA — Cole Anderson is taking his shot at the big league. The recent Rocky Mountain Lobo graduate was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday, June 10.
In a room, surrounded by just immediate family (parents and younger brother Joel), Anderson heard his name announced. Amy Anderson, Cole’s mom said, “We were completely silent and once it was announced we screamed and yelled and cheered.”
“It’s what I’ve wanted to do my whole life,” Anderson said. “It’s what I truely wanted, to be a pro.”
He said that he believed that it was the better decision for him to move straight from high school to the pros. “It’s unbelievable as a hometown kid watching them growing up to be drafted to the Rockies,” Anderson said.
Anderson had committed to the University of New Mexico in the Fall of 2014 for baseball. He was a 1st team all-state baseball player who received great recognition prior to the 2015 Spring season from his coach Scott Bullock.
The outfielder has, however, decided to skip the textbooks for now and sign with the Rockies, turning down his prior commitment to the Lobos and their NCAA Division I baseball team.
According to Kevin Lytle of the Coloradoan’s article, “He didn’t waste much time in choosing to forgo college and sign with the Rockies, becoming what is believed to be the first Fort Collins native to sign to play pro baseball out of high school.”
The choice between school and joining the MLB is not an easy decision. Amy Anderson, Cole’s mom, said, “We sat down as a family and discussed the pros and cons of the situation.” One of the reason’s Anderson had decided to join the Rockies was to dedicate his focus to baseball.
“He really wanted to work on baseball and his craft. There are a lot of options for him and he’s young,” said Amy. “I just told him to follow your dreams.”
Anderson is now training and traveling on a nine hour bus ride to Idaho Falls with the Rockies minor league affiliate the Grand Junction Rockies of the Pioneer League.
The recently signed rookie had participated in the Colorado High School Baseball Futures Game a few weeks prior to being drafted, signed, and also compete as a professional baseball player.
Ironic that one of the last high school games he played in was his future teams professional stadium Coors Field. So far since Anderson joined the Grand Junction Rockies they have one their first exhibition game and he will play in his first official game tomorrow.
“My ultimate goal is to become an overall better baseball player with them and develop relationships with the guys.”