|Cody Anderson, Quincy High School and Feather River College graduate, gets ready to pitch his meanest fastball for the Carolina Mudcats. Anderson was recently awarded the Minker Award and named Carolina League Pitcher of the Year. Photo by Nikolaus from the Carolina Mudcats|
Sports Editor’s Note: The following stories on Cody Anderson are compliments of the Carolina Mudcats, a minor league team of the Cleveland Indians. Anderson is a graduate of Quincy High School and Feather River College and currently plays for the Mudcats.
Pitcher Cody Anderson was named the 2013 winner of the Matt Minker Community Service Award. Each Carolina League club was eligible to nominate one player for consideration.
In his first year in Zebulon, N.C., Anderson spent many hours volunteering with various projects in the area. He visited the Marbles Kids Museum, participated in Miracle League camps and instructed Little Leaguers in clinics and camps throughout the summer. Anderson also took time to meet fans during autograph sessions.
Anderson was promoted to the Double-A Akron Aeros on Aug. 14. The right-hander left the Mudcats with a 9-4 record and the Carolina League’s best ERA at 2.34. The Cleveland Indians selected Anderson out of Feather River College in the 14th round of the 2011 June draft. He was named a Carolina League all-star and pitched an inning in the Midsummer Classic against the California League’s stars in San Jose.
Named in honor of the late Wilmington Blue Rocks team president, the Minker Award is bestowed upon the league player who does the best job of serving his club’s community during each season. Minker passed away in November 2007 after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 60.
Minker was involved in the ownership of the Blue Rocks since the franchise moved to Wilmington, N.C., in 1993. His construction company built Frawley Stadium in five months. He became president of the club in 1995. During his 13 years representing Wilmington on the league’s board of directors, he served the league as an officer, a member of the executive committee and as league representative on the minor league baseball board of trustees.
The Carolina Mudcats are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and play their home games at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, N.C. The club is finishing its second year as a member of the Carolina League.