Brett Anderson (baseball)
Anderson warming up in the outfield before game.
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 35
February 1, 1988 |
|April 10, 2009 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||3.73|
|Competitor for United States|
Brett Franklin Anderson (born February 1, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies.
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.
Anderson made his Major League debut on April 10, 2009 against the Seattle Mariners, allowing five runs in six innings to take the loss. He picked up his first win when he allowed only two earned runs in six innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 20. On July 6, he 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 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. He 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 Brett Tomko and strikeouts (150). He received 2 votes for American League Rookie of the Year, losing to teammate Andrew Bailey.
In 2011, after a June 5 outing, he was placed on the disabled list, eventually undergoing Tommy John surgery which required 13 months of rehabilitation. In 13 starts before the injury he was 3-6 with a 4.00 ERA.
Anderson returned August 21, 2012 for the Athletics, allowing one run in seven innings for a win against the Minnesota Twins. However, he suffered an oblique strain during a start against the Detroit Tigers toward the 4th inning and was later pulled out, taking the loss. He spent the remainder of the 2012 season on the disabled list with an oblique strain, and had a 4-2 record in 6 starts that season. He returned to start Game 3 of the 2012 American League Division Series against the Tigers. Anderson got the win with a 2–0 victory and sent his team to Game 4.
On February 28, 2013, Anderson was named Opening Day starter for the A's for the 2013 season. He went up against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and came away with the loss. He appeared in 16 games that season, only five of which were starts and was 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA.
On December 10, 2013, Anderson was traded to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Drew Pomeranz and minor league pitcher Chris Jensen. In August, he suffered a back injury, forcing him to leave the game. Later in the week, it was revealed he would need season ending surgery on his back, ending his injury plagued season with the Rockies. He finished 1-3 in 8 starts.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Anderson throws four pitches for strikes: a fastball, a curve, a changeup and a slider. His fastball sits in the 89-92 mph range and he offers a two-seam variety in addition to the traditional four-seam version. His best pitch is the slider, a two-plane breaking ball he can paint on the corner versus right-handed batters and sweep away from lefties in the 79-81 mph range. His low-to-mid 70s curveball is a weapon in any count and his 82-84 mph changeup has shown the most improvement as Anderson has fought his way through injuries. Over the course of his career, Anderson's arm slot has lowered slightly, dropping from high three-quarters to true three-quarters. He's athletic and repeats his mechanics, aiding in his ability to command his entire arsenal.  
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- Harding, Thomas (December 10, 2013). "Rox acquire left-hander Anderson from A's". mlb.com. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
- Weisman, Jon (December 31, 2014). "Dodgers officially sign Brett Anderson, designate Erisbel Arruebarrena for assignment". dodgers.com. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
- 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