Today in one week's time marks the first day of September. As you all know, September is one of the best months on the calendar for baseball fans. If your team is good, you get to experience a playoff chase wherein you live and die with each pitch. If your team isn't so lucky as to be chasing down a playoff spot, like say the Colorado Rockies, then September is when you get the first taste of prospects playing in the big leagues. That, of course, means it is once again time for Prospect Watch. Today, Tyler Anderson.
Tyler Anderson is a big, 6'4" left-handed starting pitcher whom the Rockies drafted in the first round in 2011. Anderson has been the organization's most consistent minor league starter and, statistically speaking, the best. The 24 year-old out of the University of Oregon has posted just a 6-4 record, but has a 2.08 ERA in 22 starts this year. He has struck out an even 100 batters and has a 2.56 K/BB ratio. Add all those numbers with a 1.148 WHIP and you've got a guy who's been all but dominant for AA Tulsa.
Anderson has about a Major League average fastball, but he has good control of it and all his pitches. He throws a curveball that may or may not play in Coors Field. The cutter he throws should do better at altitude and he possesses a major changeup that will serve as his out pitch in the bigs. All of his pitches come from an unorthodox delivery that serves to add a bit of deception to his pitches.
Every projection shows Mr. Anderson as a back-of-the-rotation guy, but he's shown front-line talent at every level. In his 58 games as a professional, he's put up a record of 22-10, a 2.43 ERA, a 2.73 K/BB ratio and a 1.108 WHIP.
The guy has shown he can pitch. The next task for Tyler Anderson is seeing if he can do the same in the majors. Here's hoping he gets a September call-up and does well with it.
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