Sept. 3, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. - California sophomore right-handers Dixon Anderson and Erik Johnson both enjoyed successful summers pitching in the Northwoods League and were recently named the league's second and sixth top prospects, respectively, by Baseball America.
Anderson, a 6-5 right-hander, played for the Green Bay (Wisc.) Bullfrogs and was picked the Northwoods League's second-leading prospect behind only UC Riverside catcher Rob Brantly. He finished the summer 3-2 with a 1.61 ERA and seven saves, recording 56 strikeouts in 56.0 innings over 23 appearances (five starts). Anderson was selected to the South All-Star Team that competed in the Northwoods All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 21 at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Last spring as a redshirt freshman, Anderson was 1-0 with a 3.98 ERA and three saves in 20 appearances (one start), recording 37 strikeouts in 43.0 innings. He was selected the May 11 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after notching a win and two saves (8.2 innings, eight hits, one run, eight strikeouts, 1.04 ERA) in a week. Anderson earned saves versus UC Davis May 5 and at UCLA May 8, forcing the Bruins into a game-ending double play with runners on first and third in the bottom of the ninth. He then picked up the win in relief May 10 at UCLA, throwing a career-high 6.2 innings with seven hits, one run, two walks and a career-high seven strikeouts. Anderson was a 2009 first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection as well.
Another Golden Bear excelling in the Northwoods League was Johnson, the sixth-top prospect who finished the summer 4-2 with a 2.61 ERA, and 49 strikeouts in 59.0 innings as a starter for the Alexandria (Minn.) Beetles. Last season, the 6-3, 220-pounder was 3-6 with a 4.41 ERA and four saves (ninth in the Pac-10) in 19 appearances and nine starts as a true freshman. Johnson had 55 strikeouts in 67.1 innings and threw a complete game in his final outing May 22 versus USC. Other top appearances included a career-high seven strikeouts versus College World Series participant Arizona State, a April 17 win over Oregon (8.0 innings, six hits, one run, one walk, six strikeouts) and a March 29 victory over Washington State (6.0 innings, six hits, one earned run, no walks, four strikeouts). Starting the 2009 campaign as Cal's closer, he earned a save versus San Francisco, two saves at Long Beach State, a save versus Vanderbilt and a save in the season-opener versus UC Riverside.
The Bears will be hosting the annual Alumni Game on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Cal's 2010 campaign begins Friday, Feb. 19 with the first game of a three-game series versus Southern Utah at Evans Diamond.