Anderson spent most of the 2010 season as the Tigers’ No. 2 starter behind Nick Tepesch. But when Missouri opens the 2011 season Friday against the host school at the USC Tournament in Los Angeles, Anderson won’t be taking the mound. As he rebuilds his arm strength to the levels that saw him named the 2009 Colorado high school pitcher of the year by The Denver Post, Anderson will be donning a first baseman’s mitt.■ Big 12 coaches pick Mizzou Baseball to finish last in conference (kbiasportsextra.com)
“A lot of people actually picked us dead last in the Big 12,” said outfielder Blake Brown Monday, before the Big 12 coaches’ poll was released. “That’s up on our video board in our locker room as motivation to keep working hard.”
■ Mizzou is not on the CollegeBaseball360.com Preseason Composite National Rankings, in case you care.
■ Every college baseball website out there loves to do NCAA Regional Projections, even before the first pitch has been thrown. If you're interested in chasing after the wind, both BaseballAmerica and CollegeBaseballDaily have their projections posted. And no, MU isn't on those either.
■ Of somewhat more interest is Strike Three: Preseason Preview Edition on BaseballAmerica.com. The Tigers? No.