Brett Anderson (baseball)

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Brett Anderson
BrettAnderson warmup.jpg
Anderson warming up in the outfield before game.
Free agent
Starting pitcher
Born: (1988-02-01) February 1, 1988 (age 26)
Midland, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 10, 2009 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 27–32
Earned run average 3.73
Strikeouts 386
Brett Anderson
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Baseball
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team

Brett Franklin Anderson (born February 1, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (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]

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]

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 623 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 523 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 began the 2010 season by throwing 6 shutout innings against the Mariners. He allowed 3 hits, struck out 4 and walked 1, getting the win.

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]

Anderson returned August 21, 2012 for the Athletics, allowing one run in seven innings for a win against the Minnesota Twins.[4] 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.

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, 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.[6]

Scouting report[edit]

When healthy, Anderson throws 4 pitches for strikes: a fastball, a curve, a changeup and a slider.[7]


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


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