Hillcrest grad Anderson will play baseball at UAB


Tim Anderson, who hit .360 for East Central Community College last season, will play at UAB. (Photo by Robert Sutton)


BIRMINGHAM | The Alabama-Birmingham baseball program recently announced the signing of infielder Tim Anderson to a national letter of intent to compete for the Blazers in 2014.

Anderson, a Hillcrest High School graduate, is enrolled at East Central Community College in Mississippi and will transfer after the 2012-13 academic year.

"Tim is an incredible sign for our program," UAB coach Brian Shoop said. "First off, he is a great person along with being what we believe is one of the better players from the state of Alabama. His plus running speed will fit perfectly into how we like to play, but Tim is more than a speed guy. He has the ability to hit in the middle of our lineup as well."

Anderson stole 30 bases in 30 attempts last season.

In addition, Anderson hit .360 and launched four homers and knocked in 37 runs in 45 games as an ECCC Warrior.

Last summer, Anderson played for the Dodge City Athletics in the Jayhawk League, where he was rated the No. 2 prospect in the conference by Baseball American and Perfect Game.

As a member of the Athletics, Anderson hit .352, connecting for eight homers, 14 doubles, knocked in 39 runs and was 32 for 39 on stolen bases en route to earning first team all-league accolades.