Chris Anderson will be a lot richer soon. (Todd Drexler / University…)
The Dodgers are close to announcing deals with their first two picks in this year’s draft, according to people familiar with the situation.
The deals with first-rounder Chris Anderson and second-rounder Tom Windle could be announced as early as Wednesday afternoon, one of the people said.
Anderson will be paid a $2.1-million bonus. Windle will receive approximately $970,000.
Both are pitchers. Anderson, a 6-foot-4 right-hander from Jacksonville University, was selected 18th overall. Windle, a 6-foot-4 left-hander from the University of Minnesota, was taken with the 56th overall pick.
Scouting director Logan White has compared the hard-throwing Anderson to power pitchers such as Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling.
A junior at the University of Jacksonville, Anderson had a year of college eligibility remaining. But he said last week, “I’m pretty set on turning pro.”
Anderson, 20, said he has never had a serious arm injury.
Anderson’s uncle, Chris Simdorn, won the Harlon Hill Trophy as the best Division II football player as a quarterback at North Dakota State.