Brett Anderson (baseball)

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Brett Anderson
BrettAnderson warmup.jpg
Anderson warming up in the outfield before game.
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 35
Born: (1988-02-01) February 1, 1988 (age 27)
Midland, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 10, 2009 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through May 28, 2015)
Win–loss record 29-34
Earned run average 3.71
Strikeouts 420
Brett Anderson
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Baseball
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Team

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.

Early life[edit]

He attended Stillwater High School in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he was an all-state selection in 2006, his senior year.[1]

Baseball career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Anderson was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.

In December 2007, he was traded by Diamondbacks with Dana Eveland, Greg Smith, Aaron Cunningham, Carlos González and Chris Carter to the Oakland Athletics for Dan Haren and Connor Robertson.

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[2] 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.[3]

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.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

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 523 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.

Anderson began the 2010 season by throwing six shutout innings against the Mariners. He allowed 3 hits, struck out 4 and walked 1, getting the win. In 19 starts in 2010 he was 7-6 with a 2.80 ERA.

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.[4] 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.[4] 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.

Colorado Rockies[edit]

On December 10, 2013, Anderson was traded to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Drew Pomeranz and minor league pitcher Chris Jensen.[5] 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.[6]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On December 31, 2014, Anderson was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers to a one-year, $10 million, contract.[7]

Scouting report[edit]

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.[8] [9] [10]


Anderson is the son of Frank Anderson, the former baseball coach at Oklahoma State University.


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