(CBS) – The Chicago White Sox on Thursday selected shortstop Tim Anderson of East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss. during the first round of the first-year player draft.

The White Sox used their first pick — 17th overall – to tap the 19-year-old sophomore. Anderson was named a First-Team NJCAA Division II All-American in 2013. He led the nation with a .495 (91-184) average and 62 runs scored while finishing second with 41 stolen bases, the team said in a written statement.

“Tim is a very athletic player who, although we didn’t target a specific position, certainly fits a need in the middle of the diamond”, said Doug Laumann, White Sox director of amateur scouting.  “He is an exciting top-of-the-order type player who is a game-changer with great ability to create offense at a key position on the field.  Tim was the best player available, and we couldn’t be more happy.”

Anderson was recommended by White Sox scout Warren Hughes.

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