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Joshua Aaron Anderson

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Outfielder Josh Anderson played college ball at Eastern Kentucky University and was named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2003. He was then selected by the Houston Astros in the fourth round of the 2003 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Nick Venuto and made his pro debut that summer with the Tri-City Valley Cats, leading the club with 26 stolen bases. He split the next season between the Lexington Legends and the Salem Avalanche, hitting .298 and leading the minors with 78 steals. With the Corpus Christi Hooks in 2005, he hit .282, led the Texas League with 50 stolen bases, and was named an All-Star and the Hooks MVP. He was back with the Hooks again in 2006 and once again led the Texas League in steals (43) and was an All-Star while batting .308.

Anderson spent most of 2007 with the AAA Round Rock Express, for whom he stole 40 bases. He was called up by the Astros in September and appeared in 21 games, putting together hitting streaks of nine and five games in his final fifteen. On September 16th against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he had five hits and reached base in all six of his plate appearances.

Following the 2007 season, Anderson was traded to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Oscar Villarreal. He began 2008 with the Richmond Braves before being recalled in late May. Despite hitting .318 in 11 games with Atlanta, he was returned to Richmond a few weeks later. He was traded to the Detroit Tigers after the season and opened 2009 as the Tigers' starting left fielder. However, he only hit .242 in 74 games, with almost no power, and was sold to the Kansas City Royals at the trading deadline, where he completed the year hitting .237 in 44 games.

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