Bryan Anderson's First Journal Installment
Catcher Shares his Thoughts as he Prepares to Play for Team USA in Taiwan

Oct. 24, 2007

The St. Louis Cardinals took catcher Bryan Anderson in the fourth round of the 2005 Draft and he's been on the fast track ever since. He made his full-season debut at age 19 in the Midwest League and was named to both the midseason and postseason All-Star teams after hitting .302. He made the leap over a level to Double-A in 2007 and hit .298 as one of the league's youngest position players. He was a Texas League All-Star and participated in the Futures Game in San Francisco. He's spending this fall with Team USA and will represent the United States in the World Cup to be held in Chinese Taipei Nov. 6-18.

Hi, I'm Bryan Anderson from Simi Valley, Calif. I'm a catcher in the St. Louis cardinals organization.

I was drafted out of high school by the Cardinals in 2005. I played my first season that summer in Johnson City, Tennessee, which was an experience. The following year I was in Quad Cities, Iowa in the Class A Midwest League.

This past season I started and finished the year in Springfield, Mo., the Double-A affiliate of the Cardinals. The season ended in September and I was expecting to go home and relax until Spring Training started in a few months. I got a call from the Cardinals about three weeks ago telling me I was chosen to play for the U.S. national team. They told me we would be going to Taiwan for a few weeks to play.

A free trip to Taiwan to play baseball and I get to wear the USA jersey. How can you say no? It's pretty cool for a 20-year-old kid to get this kind of opportunity.

So now I'm sitting in my hotel room in beautiful Scottsdale, Ariz. We are here practicing for a week to get ready. I'm going to go eat with Chris Perez. He was my roommate for most of the season last year and he is also going to Taiwan to play for Team USA.

I'm in a hurry now, so I have to go. But feel free send me some e-mails and I'll try to answer some of them in future journals.