the weeks leading up to the draft, Perfect Game will be providing a
detailed overview of each state in the U.S., including the District
of Columbia, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. These overviews will
list the state's strengths, weaknesses and the players with the best
tools, as well as providing scouting reports on all Group 1 and 2
players as ranked in Perfect Game's state-by-state scouting lists.
North Dakota State-by-State List
2011 North Dakota Overview
of Anderson Arms Gives North Dakota Draft Ranks a Lift
Dakota won't have an impact on the draft, although upper-Midwest
scouts certainly had a much easier time this spring seeing the
state’s prospects that warranted attention.
re-opening of the Metrodome in neighboring Minnesota and the
corresponding renewal of early-season spring tournaments and games in
that indoor venue was a boon to scouts after the Metrodome had been
closed in 2011 following the collapse of its roof during a snowstorm
the previous winter. In addition, historically-warm weather in the
northern states led to few cancelations during the spring season,
creating oddities such as North Dakota State actually playing all 56
of its regularly-scheduled games.
Bison responded to a disruption-free spring by becoming the dominant
college program in the state, posting a 38-18 record as it began
Summit League tournament play as a No. 3 seed. Moreover, it defeated
in-state rival North Dakota four straight times, contributing to that
school’s final 17-35 mark.
Dakota State’s success stemmed mostly from a solid pitching staff,
led by a trio of hard throwing, draft-eligible righthanders in junior
John Straka (7-4, 2.61, 103 IP, 14 BB/89 SO), fifth-year senior Luke
Anderson (8-3, 3.67) and junior Simon Anderson (2-1, 2.08). All were
clocked in the 88-92 mph range.
two Andersons weren’t enough for the Bison, that team also featured
senior outfielder Nick Anderson (.320-4-38), and little Mayville
State also contributed to the Anderson madness in the state this
spring with its own pitcher of note by the same name, Nick Anderson,
a senior righthander who featured outstanding command of
fringy-average stuff and went 5-2, 3.27 with only two walks vs. 40
strikeouts in 33 innings.
of the Andersons are related, though all the pitchers shared
something in common that all are big righthanders from Minnesota.
Most important, each generated at least some appeal this spring from
two best college prospects in the state, though, may have been a pair
of promising freshmen in North Dakota State righthander David Ernst
and North Dakota two-way player Jeff Campbell. Ernst (6-0, 3.92) has
the arm strength and athleticism to develop into a legitimate draft
by his junior year, while the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Campbell, a Florida
high-school product, could also join Ernst in two years as a legit
prospect after hitting .314-11-41 while going 3-7, 6.16 on the mound
in 68 innings.
Dakota in a nutshell:
North Dakota State pitching.
(1-to-5 scale): 3.
North Dakota State.
JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Williston
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM:
West Fargo HS.
OUT-OF-STATE PROSPECT, North Dakota Connection:
Matt Strahm, lhp, Neosho County (Kan.) CC (Attended high school in
Tim Colwell, of, North Dakota State University.
David Ernst, rhp, North Dakota State University.
Zac Elgie, 1b, Minot HS (2008, Athletics/12th round).
Elgie, 1b, Minot HS (Athletics/12th round).
Bollinger, 1b, Magic City HS, Minot (Phillies/47th round).
Leer, ss, Mary University (Twins/25th round).
Kreis, rhp, Jamestown University (Nationals/35th round).
College Players Drafted/Signed:
School Players Drafted/Signed:
Beck, of, University of North Dakota.
Nick Colwell, 1b, North Dakota State University.
Zach Wentz, rhp/3b, North Dakota State University.
Riley Beck, of, University North Dakota.
Riley Beck, of, University of North Dakota.
Luke Anderson, rhp, North Dakota State University.
John Straka, rhp, North Dakota State University.
Anderson, rhp, Mayville State University.
PROSPECTS, GROUPS ONE and TWO
PROSPECTS TO WATCH
SIMON ANDERSON, rhp,
North Dakota State University (Jr.)
North Dakota State had
the rare luxury for a northern school to have a 6-foot-5, 215-pound
righthander throwing in the low-90s as the team’s set-up man, as
Anderson (2-1, 2.08, 2 SV) filled that role for closer Kyle Kingsley
(5-3, 1.93, 5 SV). Anderson has limited pitching experience as he was
a three-sport standout in high school in Bemidji, Minn., and threw
only 35 innings in his first two seasons with the Bison and 16 more
in the West Coast League last summer. While he generates his velocity
with little effort and could well have some more power in his arm,
Anderson is still working on his command and slider, although both
showed improvement throughout the spring.
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