Brice Matthews and Max Anderson made a bit of Nebraska Cornhuskers history when they were selected on the first day of the MLB Draft on Sunday.
It was not exactly a surprise that Brice Matthews and Max Anderson were picked on the first day of the MLB Draft. That doesn’t make the fact that they were selected and that their selections helped make Nebraska Cornhuskers’ history any different.
While there was a chance that both players were going to be selected on the first day, that Brice Mattews got selected as the 28th overall player in the draft. That makes him the earliest selection of a Nebraska baseball player since Alex Gordon was the second-overall selection in 2005.
Matthews was three years old when that happened.
Then Max Anderson was selected just 17 picks later in the second round. Those choices mean that it was the second-best MLB draft showing in the history of Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball history.
Nebraska Cornhuskers make history
While there are some people who were a bit shocked that Matthews went as high as he did, it appears there were draft analysts who absolutely believed he was worthy of a first round selection.
Count Kendall Rogers of D1baseball.com as one of those who believed in Brice Matthews. Rogers had the Huskers’ shortstop as the 24th-best prospect on his board. Considering that, Matthews went a bit later than he expected.
The drafting of the middle infielders is especially noteworthy because the Nebraska Cornhuskers had no players drafted last year.
It will certainly be interesting to see Max Anderson and Brice Matthews climb the ranks. The first step is seeing where they start out and when. And just how fast either one of these players are going to move up.
For Matthews, there’s also a question as to just what position he’ll be playing. Nebraska Cornhuskers fans are in for an interesting ride.