Tyler Anderson

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Tyler Anderson
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Anderson pitching for the Colorado Rockies in 2018
Colorado Rockies – No. 44
Born: (1989-12-30) December 30, 1989 (age 29)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 12, 2016, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record18–24
Earned run average4.69

Tyler John Anderson (born December 30, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Amateur career[edit]

Anderson attended Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. While serving as the assistant coach for the Oregon Ducks baseball team, Andrew Checketts discovered Anderson while pitching against a rival high school.[1] The Minnesota Twins selected Anderson in the 50th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, but he did not sign.[2]

Anderson enrolled at the University of Oregon, and played college baseball for the Ducks. In 2011, Anderson's junior year, Louisville Slugger named Anderson a Second Team All-American. In three seasons, Anderson became the Ducks' all-time leader in strikeouts with 285.[3]

Professional career[edit]

The Rockies selected Anderson in the first round, with the 20th overall selection, of the 2011 MLB draft.[4][5]

After pitching for the Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League (SAL) in 2012, Anderson was named a SAL Post-Season All-Star.[6] In 20 starts, he was 12-3 with a 2.47 ERA. Prior to the 2013 season, MLB named him the 6th best prospect in the Rockies system. He spent the 2013 season with the Tri-City Dust Devils and the Modesto Nuts, going 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 16 total starts between both teams. During the season, he suffered a stress fracture in his elbow, and the Rockies had him on a strict pitch limit in 2014.[7] Pitching for the Tulsa Drillers in 2014, Anderson had a 7-4 record with a 2.08 ERA and 100 strikeouts in ​112 13 innings pitched (23 starts), and was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Year.[8] He was added to the Rockies' 40-man roster on November 20, 2014.[9]

The stress fracture in Anderson's elbow prevented him from participating in spring training in 2015, and later he would miss the rest of the season.[10][11] He began 2016 with the Hartford Yard Goats and was promoted to the Albuquerque Isotopes in late May.

On June 11, 2016, the Rockies called up Anderson and placed Jake McGee on the disabled list. Anderson made his MLB debut the following day. He spent the remainder of the season with the Rockies, going 5-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 19 starts.

In 2017, Anderson's first full season in the major leagues, he was 6-6 with a 4.81 ERA in 17 games (15 starts). He missed the last three months of the season due to left knee inflammation that required surgery.[12]

In 2018 he was 7-9 with a 4.55 ERA. He led the major leagues in stolen bases of third base allowed, with seven while also leading the NL in home runs allowed with 30. He began the 2019 season in the Rockies rotation but was quickly placed on the disabled list with knee inflammation.[13] He came off the disabled list a week later and made 5 starts before being demoted to AAA. He was placed on the disabled list after the demotion due to continued knee discomfort.[14]


  1. ^ "Friday's start likely will be Oregon ace Tyler Anderson's last for the Ducks". OregonLive.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "Spring Valley High grad Tyler Anderson expected to go in first round of baseball draft". LasVegasSun.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  3. ^ "Oregon's Tyler Anderson named 2nd-team All-American". OregonLive.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "Colorado Rockies draft Oregon pitcher". Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "Rockies select left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson, infielder Trevor Story on the first day of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft". Colorado Rockies. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "Tyler Anderson Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights | Asheville Tourists Stats". Milb.com. December 30, 1989. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "Colorado Rockies' Tyler Anderson deals well with change - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  8. ^ "Tulsa Drillers' Tyler Anderson earns Texas League honors - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  9. ^ "Rockies add Tyler Anderson to 40-man roster; designate Juan Nicasio". DenverPost.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "Tyler Anderson, Rockies pitching prospect, still battling elbow problems". denverpost.com. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "Tyler Anderson, Rockies prospect, not throwing yet". On the Rox. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  12. ^ Rockies injuries: Tyler Anderson headed for surgery, DJ LeMahieu departs game with groin injury - Purple Row
  13. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/tyler-anderson-placed-on-il-with-knee-ailment
  14. ^ https://www.denverpost.com/2019/05/12/tyler-anderson-colorado-rockies-carlos-estevez-bud-black-knee-injury-update-mlb-2019/

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