The very first nine-inning no-hitter in all of minor league baseball for 2009 belongs to Brevard County RHP Evan Anundsen, who struck out ten and walked only one in a 1-0 Manatee victory over the Daytona Cubs Tuesday morning in Daytona Beach.
Anundsen, who will turn 21 years old in May, was drafted in the 4th round of the 2006 draft out of Columbine High School in Colorado. He has progressed through the system very effectively, spending a full year in Maryvale, Helena, and West Virginia, a near-perfect progression path for a young highly regarded high school draft pick. Anundsen has always used the sink on his ball to induce groundouts at an organizational-leading level, although as noted above, also K'd ten today, mixing in a slow curveball.
Caleb Gindl singled in Logan Schafer, who had tripled, in the Brevard 8th, breaking up a scoreless game and giving Anundsen the only cushion he would need. But there was extra drama in the bottom of the 9th before the 3,716 (many of them schoolchildren) in attendance, as shortsop Brent Brewer ranged behind short towards the third base line to attempt to catch what would have been the final play of the game. Fighting the sun, the ball fell off of Brewer's glove, and Anundsen had to buckle down to strike out top Cub prospect Tyler Colvin to end it.
Any thoughts on this guy?