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Jun 6, 2012 8:32 PM by Andrew Masuda

Cal Poly's Grim drafted by Orioles, Anderson signs with Blue Jays

Cal Poly junior right-handed pitcher Nick Grim was drafted for the second time in as many years Wednesday, selected in the 17th round by the Baltimore Orioles.

Cal Poly's set-up reliever, Grim posted a 3-2 record and 4.74 ERA in 21 appearances on the mound this spring, recording 19 strikeouts in 24.2 innings. He transferred to Cal Poly from Monterey Peninsula last summer. He was drafted in the 14th round by the Florida Marlins last June.

Grim says getting drafted is just as special the second time around. "I found out basically by hearing my name called so that was a really exciting thing to be able to have that and just sitting with my parents in Avila Beach and it was a really exciting moment, one of the better times in my life," said Grim.

Grim was the third and final Mustang baseball player chosen in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Junior outfielder Mitch Haniger was selected in the first compensatory round by the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday -- Cal Poly's second-highest draft pick ever -- while senior shortstop Mike Miller was taken in the ninth round Tuesday by the Boston Red Sox.

Immediately after the draft concluded Wednesday afternoon, Mustang senior southpaw Kyle Anderson signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Anderson had a breakthrough season in his final year with the Mustangs, posting a 10-1 record with two complete games and a 3.40 ERA as Cal Poly's Saturday starter. Anderson notched 61 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings, including a career-high 11 against Washington.

A total of 17 Cal Poly baseball players have been chosen in the first 10 rounds since Larry Lee took over as head coach of the Mustangs 10 years ago.

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