Anetsberger Selected in 15th Round of MLB Draft
June 8, 2007
NORMAL, Ill. - When Illinois State baseball player Ryan Anetsberger was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft , he became the first position player to be drafted since 2004 and third player taken in the past two years. Anetsberger joins former teammates and pitchers Kitt Kopach (Chicago Cubs) and Dan Frega (Cleveland Indians), who were both drafted in the 12th round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Draft.
Andrew "Butch" Biela, who signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Illinois State starting in Fall 2007, was also selected in the MLB Draft. Biela was chosen in the 12th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 398th pick overall. The Barrington, Ill., native was a 2006 Chicago Sun-Times All-Area Third Team selection, leading his Palatine High School team to a Mid-Suburban West title. Biela was also named an all-area selection in the outfield.
Anetsberger, who was chosen with the 466th pick, was a Second Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection at third base in 2007, after batting a team-best .328 with a career-high five home runs and 30 RBI. The junior third baseman, who also spent time as the Redbirds' designated hitter, started and played in 47 games while scoring 32 runs and collecting 12 doubles, a triple and 20 walks. In his first three seasons at Illinois State, the Wheaton, Ill., native started all 153 games he played, hitting .328 with eight home runs, 196 hits, 87 RBI as well as hitting with a .450 slugging percentage.
Anetsberger was also a second team all-conference selection in 2006, leading the Redbirds in hits (67), triples (3), total bases (88) and at-bats (205).
Head coach Jim Brownlee was excited for Anetsberger, knowing that his hard work and dedication has paid off during his first three years at ISU.
"We are excited for Ryan, it's great for him because he has worked very hard," said Brownlee. "He now has some decisions to make regarding his future. As a coach, you are glad to see your kids get the opportunity to advance into the professional ranks, and I think that Ryan is one of the better players in college baseball."
Brownlee also has high expectations for Biela, and hopes he will choose to become a Redbird in the fall.
"I believe Butch is the best outfielder in the state of Illinois, so it wasn't really a surprise. He's a five tool guy that will give us something we have been lacking in the outfield the past couple of years, and that's power. He hit 10 home runs as a junior and he'll have a chance to do the same for us in the middle of the order."