Facts & Info: The Indians selected Anderson in the 14th round of the 2011 Draft out of Feather River College (CA). He was originally drafted by the Rays in the 17th round in 2010, and was set to attend TCU for his junior season if he did not sign with the Indians. He is a former three-sport star in high school that was an all-league player in both baseball and basketball. He currently ranks 2nd in the Carolina League in ERA (2.54), 7th in innings pitches (106.1), 7th in strikeouts (98), and 3rd in WHIP (1.12).
The Stuff: Anderson has power stuff with a solid four pitch mix of a fastball, cutter, curveball and changeup. His fastball comfortably sits at 91-94 MPH and flashes 96 MPH when he reaches back for a little extra. The best pitch in his arsenal is a cutter he picked up in his pro debut at short season Single-A Mahoning Valley in 2011, and he mixes in a curveball and changeup but both are inconsistent and below average offerings at this time.
The Intangibles: Anderson has a good, low maintenance delivery that projects well because of his big, strong, physical frame and athleticism. On the mound he is a competitor with a fearless approach where he is willing to challenge any hitter he faces. He has a tremendous work ethic, is willing to learn, and has shown a lot of aptitude.
The Focus: Anderson has only been pitching for three years, so he does not have a whole lot of pitching experience. As a result he is spending most of his time getting a feel for the nuances with pitching on a five day routine, how to attack hitters with his stuff, learning to read swings to see when a hitter is being aggressive, and getting outs earlier in counts so he can go deeper into games. To be a starter he is going to need a reliable third pitch, so he needs to work on tightening up and developing his curveball and getting a better feel of his changeup.
The Future: Anderson has really come on strong this season to become a legit prospect and one of the Indians top starting pitching prospects. He has been due for a promotion to Double-A Akron for some time but it has not happened because of the upcoming trade deadline. Once the deadline passes he has a good chance to finish the year in Akron, and also might see his workload decrease as he is nearing his innings threshold for the season.