I had planned on writing this post for a while but I wanted to wait till I saw Anderson pitch before I wrote it. Well, Anderson made his major league debut last night against the Mariners and the 21 year old showed great poise and outside of an unlucky second inning, pitched very well.
After a rough second inning where the Mariners scored 5 runs on 5 hits, Anderson could have thrown in the towel. Instead he gathered himself, showed a fastball in the low 90’s, a nice slider and limited the Mariners to just 2 hits for the next 4 innings. Though Anderson suffered the loss, he did what all good pitchers do…keep your team in the game and give your offense a chance to win the game.
Outside of Keith Laws’ analysis, I have never seen a scouting report on Anderson but he reminds me of a young Andy Pettitte. I think the Oakland A’s will take that.
Here are some other facts about Brett Anderson…
2nd round of the 2006 Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Was traded to the A’s along with Dana Eveland, Greg Smith, Aaron Cunningham, Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Carter for Dan Haren and Connor Robertson.
Minor League Stats
Single A: 8-4 with a 2.21 era, 76 H, 85 K’s in 81.1 IP
Single A+: 12-7 with a 4.38 era, 118 H, 120 K’s in 113 IP
Double A: 2-1 with a 2.61 era, 27 H, 38 K’s in 31 IP
Keith Law Ranking and Analysis
Ranking: #20 out of 100 best prospects in baseball
Analysis: “Anderson took a huge step forward this year, both in terms of his stuff and in his track record when he showed he could succeed both in the tough California League and in a short stint in Double-A. Anderson is a command left-hander with an out-pitch curveball and an average changeup that projects as plus. The curve has a very sharp, almost spiking two-plane break; he maintains good arm speed on the changeup and it runs late towards his arm side. His main weakness was always his fastball, but his velocity has been improving and he’s now solid-average as a starter. He showed in the Futures Game that he can bump it up to 94 or so in a short stint. He commands all of his pitches, can pitch to both sides with his fastball, and releases the ball late to get a little advantage on the hitter. His arm action is a little long, and he comes a little across his body; other than that quibble, he looks like a very solid mid-rotation starter with a chance to be a two or even a one.”