Brett Anderson (baseball)
Anderson warming up in the outfield before game.
|Colorado Rockies – No. 30|
February 1, 1988 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|April 10, 2009 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through July 30, 2014)
|Earned run average||3.76|
|Competitor for United States|
In 2008, Anderson hurled one scoreless inning in the All-Star Futures Game played at Yankee Stadium. He was a combined 11–4 with a 3.62 earned run average and 101 strikeouts between Class A and Double-A when he was named to the U.S. Olympic Team in Beijing. He and his team won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Anderson was a highly touted young prospect; in 2008 he was ranked as the 36th-best prospect in the Major Leagues, and in 2009 he was ranked the top prospect in Oakland's system and the #7 prospect overall by Baseball America.
On July 6, 2009, Anderson pitched a shutout against the Boston Red Sox striking out 9 batters, a career high. It was his first career shutout, and his first career complete game.
On July 19, 2009, Anderson threw a perfect game through 62⁄3 innings, eventually surrendering a hit to Bobby Abreu. He gave up only 2 hits, 0 walks, and 0 earned runs through 8 innings pitched, and struck out 6.
On September 24, 2009, Anderson broke the Oakland Athletics single-season rookie strikeout record (a team record that was held since 1977), while racking up 6 strikeouts in 52⁄3 innings versus the Texas Rangers.
Anderson Finished the 2009 season with an 11–11 record, posting a 4.06 ERA. He led the team in wins (11), shutouts (1), tied with Tomko and strikeouts (150). He received 2 votes for American League Rookie of the Year, losing to teammate Andrew Bailey.
Anderson returned August 21, 2012 for the Athletics, allowing one run in seven innings for a win against the Minnesota Twins. Anderson suffered an oblique strain during a start against the Detroit Tigers toward the 4th inning and was later pulled out, taking the loss. Anderson spent the remainder of the 2012 season on the disabled list with an oblique strain. He returned to start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Detroit Tigers. Anderson got the win with a 2–0 victory and sent his team to Game 4.
On February 28, 2013, it was revealed that Anderson was named Opening Day starter for the A's for the 2013 season.
Anderson went up against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Opening Day 2013, but despite his performance, came away with a loss.
On December 10, 2013, Anderson was traded to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Drew Pomeranz and minor league pitcher Chris Jensen. In August, Anderson suffered a back injury, forcing him to leave the game. Later in the week, it was revealed Anderson would need season ending surgery on his back, ending his injury plagued season with the Rockies. He finished 1-3 in 8 starts.
Since his rookie season in 2009, Anderson has been on the DL each year since. His list of injuries are:
- 2009 - Forearm trouble (did not miss a start)
- 2010 - Forearm strain (missed almost half the season)
- 2011 - Tommy John Surgery (made 13 starts before undergoing Tommy John Surgery in June)
- 2012 - Recovery from Tommy John Surgery (made 6 starts before landing on the DL with a side oblique strain)
- 2013 - Ankle injury (appeared in 6 games before suffering an ankle injury, later revealed to have stress fracture in his right foot)
- 2014 - Broken left index finger (Suffered the injury while batting, missed 3 months)
- 2014 - Back injury (Ended his season after 8 starts)
When healthy, Anderson throws 4 pitches for strikes: a fastball, a curve, a changeup and a slider.
- "Stillwater's Anderson will be in Oakland A's rotation", Tulsa World, April 2, 2009.
- "Minor League Baseball". Retrieved September 14, 2008.
- 2008 Minor League Olympians
- Lee, Jane (August 22, 2012). "All about Anderson: Lefty impresses in return". MLB.com. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
- Harding, Thomas (December 10, 2013). "Rox acquire left-hander Anderson from A's". mlb.com. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Brett Anderson's Twitter Page