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  1. According to Brooks Baseball...Anderson threw 33 sliders last night. As far as his TJS, he had that surgery in June of he is pretty far removed from that to where him throwing over a 100 pitches shouldn't matter. I am only surprised they let him throw that many pitches because of the time he missed during spring training due to that collision.
  2. I like Brett Anderson for this year, obvious if you look at my team below. While the low strikeout rate is a concern, he posted his strongest swinging strike rate last year (small sample, I know). I also believe that there is still potential for him to increase it the further he gets from Tommy John as well. But here's what we know, he's a groundball heavy pitcher that pitches in a big park. He has showed very good skills when he gets on the mound and can provide great value for where he is going in drafts and his price tag in auctions. But the big negative on him is the injuries. I am optimistic that he will make 30 starts this year, maybe give and take a few either way. But in the past, most of the time he missed due to injuries, were related to his elbow. But with Tommy John he is coming back stronger. It is also said that the replacement ligments last on average 400 innings after replacement. Check out his transactions report for injury details. I think that Anderson will be top 30 right now, if healthy, with no improvements on what he is. But if he can match his 2009 strikeout rate with the other skills displayed last season...he could easily be top 15.
  3. He was kind of an unknown going into last season. Even this year he was as the 6th best prospect in the A's organization by Baseball America (2nd by He would move up to 4th due to Peacock and Cole being traded, but it seems like Baseball America still isn't too high on the guy. I don't believe he has the upside of a true number one, though I will admit I have never watched him pitched. From the numbers, I think he has #2 upside and more than likely will settle in as a #3. Now maybe I am underestimating him, like most scouts, but while his strikeouts have gotten better as he moved up through the minors, his ground ball rate got worse. It should also be noted that while it shouldn't be a huge issue, his walks did get slightly worse since High A. Also, while his ERA looked okay during his brief stint at the end of last year...he got lucky to get that. It's a small sample size, so you can take it for what you want (or don't)...but his FIP was 6.48 and xFIP was 5.30. I like this guy late in drafts, because he should still be under most people's radars...but I don't see him starting with the team either. But with the amount of young pitchers they have and some of their injury histories, it won't be too long. If his walk and ground ball rates get back to where they were in the minors (even without getting his strike out rate back to one per inning) he should be a very good value.