Position: Starting Pitcher
Scouting Report: We have seen incredible improvement from Anderson over the past two years after showing a lot of growth on the mound. Anderson has always had superb command of his pitches and can work them on either side of the plate. His fastball saw a slight increase hitting as high as 95 mph but sitting more consistently in the low-90’s. What makes him even more effective is the fact that his secondary pitches – a curve, slider and change – can be used as both out pitches or, thanks to his confidence in them, at any point in the count. He has really developed his stuff to the point that he can be dominant on the mound.
At this point last season it was difficult to project where he would fall in the rotation. Originally he looked to be a middle of the rotation guy, but thanks to his improvement in his fastball (and his command being his greatest asset) he now projects as a top of the rotation starter that the Oakland A’s have been looking for.