|Cody Anderson signs autographs for fans after the all-star game. Anderson was drafted by the Cleveland Indians close to three years ago, the summer after graduating from Feather River College.|
A boy can leave Quincy, but Quincy won’t ever leave the boy. Cody Anderson discovered this firsthand June 18 when more than 50 Quincy locals came to watch him play at the Carolina/California leagues’ all-star game in San Jose.
Anderson, a Quincy High and Feather River College graduate, decided to focus on baseball shortly after high school. After his first year playing with Feather River, Anderson was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Anderson turned Tampa Bay’s offer down and played a second year with the Eagles. After FRC, Anderson was once again drafted, this time by the Cleveland Indians.
Nearly three years later, Anderson is still with the Indians and just came his closest to playing in the big leagues. Currently, Anderson plays for Cleveland’s Class A minor league team, the Carolina Mudcats, part of the Carolina League.
On June 18, the best of the Carolina League faced off against the top California League players at the San Jose Giants’ stadium. Anderson was among those chosen to represent his league.
“This is the furthest Cody has come so far,” said Anderson’s mother, Marie Anderson.
To cheer Anderson on and show him how much he means to his home town, around 50 others accompanied Marie to the all-star game.
“It was great,” continued Marie. “Cody had his own cheering section.”
The Carolina League ended up taking the California league down 12-2. Anderson pitched for one inning and consistently threw fastballs that reached 95 – 97 miles per hour. One of his fastballs, however, connected with the bat and was knocked out of the park.
After the game, Anderson was swarmed by fans looking for autographs. Though not quite in the big leagues, Anderson had a chance to feel like it and his fans from Quincy got to witness it.