Scouting Report (via MLB.com):
Fastball: Anderson can run his fastball up to 94 mph as a starter.
Fastball movement: He has plus movement with lots of sink.
Curve: He throws a downer-type curve with occasional depth to it.
Splitter: It’s a below-average offering right now.
Poise: He has good mound presence.
Physical Description: Anderson is an athletic, long and gangly right-hander.
Medical Update: Anderson redshirted his freshman year but has been healthy since.
Strengths: Above-average with the possibility of a plus fastball in shorter stints; decent breaking ball.
Weaknesses: His secondary stuff, especially the splitter, lags behind his fastball. His command needs to improve if he wants to start.
Summary: Anderson has been used primarily as a starter this season, and, though the redshirt sophomore has shown some good things — a 94 mph fastball and decent curve — he might be better suited to a relief role. He’s had success in shorter stints in the past, both at Cal and in summer ball, where command problems are less of an issue and his fastball tends to gain a tick or two. A team who views him in that light may take a shot, thinking he could rise rapidly as a reliever.
Vitals & School:
- DOB: 7/2/1989
- 6′ 5″
- 223 lbs.
- Throws: Right
- Bats: Right
Anderson made 1 start in his entire college career, and struggled as a reliever. His stuff did not translate to results. With that said, the Orioles should let him start until he shows he’s incapable. I find it interesting that the Orioles drafted two college relievers early on that they plan to use as starters.