Dodgers select Jacksonville University pitcher Chris Anderson with first draft pick.

Chris AndersonThe Dodgers chose Jacksonville University pitcher Chris Anderson with their first selection, 18th overall, in the First-Year Player Draft Thursday night.

Anderson, 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, has a fastball clocked as fast as the 96-97 mph range. He also throws a curveball, slider and changeup. The right-hander will turn 21 in July.

As a junior in 2013, he went 7-5 with a 2.49 earned-run average, walking 27 and striking out 101 in 104 ⅔ innings. (Complete stats here)

Seven of the Dodgers’ last eight first-round draft picks have been pitchers.

ESPN had a pre-draft scouting report on Anderson: recently projected Anderson as the 19th pick going to the St. Louis Cardinals and compared him to current Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha.

The Minnesota native was picked in the 35th round of the 2010 draft by the Chicago Cubs but did not sign.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.