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Ian Anderson
Trending: ↓ 84%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 170LBS | Age: 22

Draft: 2016 | Rd: 1, #3, Atlanta Braves | Shenendehowa (NY) HS
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 3 2 1.95 6 6 0 32.1 41 1.08
1 Season 3 2 1.95 6 6 0 32.1 41 1.08
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 6 3-2 1.95 32.1 41 1.08
1 Season 6 3-2 1.95 32.1 41 1.08

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2020 ATL NL 138 3 2 1.95 6 6 0 32.1 21 11 7 1 14 41 1.08
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

2020

High school pitchers taken from the Northeast in the early rounds haven't always had an easy time reaching the big leagues. Mike Nikorak, a late first-round pick in 2015, hasn't made it above A ball, while upstate New York product Scott Blewett, a second-rounder in 2014, has yet to make it to the big leagues. Anderson, who hails from just outside of Albany, is hoping to be the exception to the rule. The No. 3 overall pick in 2016 has reached the upper levels of the Minors and pitched in the Futures Game in 2019.

Anderson isn't far from bringing his three-pitch mix to a big league rotation. It all starts with a plus fastball that he can still get up to 96 mph, thrown with good angle and downhill movement. He misses a ton of bats and can get contact on the ground, as well. His power curve can be a plus pitch when he commands it and the fastball-curve combination is a big reason why he's struck out 10.7 per nine innings heading into 2020. His changeup continued to improve in 2019 and is now a viable third weapon for him to use.

Despite struggling with finding the strike zone when he got to Triple-A for the first time in 2019 -- something that happened when he got moved up a level in 2018 as well -- he did improve his overall command for most of the year. That will have to continue in order for him to reach his ceiling as a frontline starter, but it's important to note that he would have been just a college junior in 2019 if he hadn't signed.


2019

Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55

Players taken No. 3 overall have gone on to accomplish great things in baseball, from Hall of Famers Robin Yount and Paul Molitor to All-Star arms like Trevor Bauer and Steve Avery. The Braves took Avery in that spot back in 1988; Anderson was the choice in 2016 and if his progress as a pro, including finishing second in the system in ERA and third in strikeouts in 2018, is any indication, he's not far from joining his predecessors.

Anderson has made strides in using his outstanding three-pitch mix more effectively, starting with a fastball he can run up to 96 mph. He throws downhill and has struck out more than 10 batters per nine innings while also generating a good amount of groundball outs. His curve remains an out pitch and his changeup, which he's worked on tirelessly, also is a plus pitch at times. In 2018, he showed an ability to pitch to all quadrants and set up hitters with all three offerings.

Anderson's walk rate improved in 2018, but he still needs to refine his overall command. Because of his repeatable delivery and understanding of how to pitch, the Braves are confident he'll have average control, which should allow him to reach his potential as a frontline type starter.


2018

Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55

The Braves continued their hoarding of high school arms when they selected Anderson from the Upstate New York high school ranks with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 Draft. As they have with previous prep arms, the Braves sent Anderson to full-season Rome for his first full professional year, and he was up for the challenge, pitching extremely well while under fairly tight usage restrictions.

Anderson already shows the makings of three pitches that have the chance to be above-average to plus, along with a willingness to work tirelessly on his craft. He'll throw his fastball in the 92-96 mph range and will sit consistently around 93-94 mph. Tall and projectable, he throws with excellent downhill angle, showing the ability to both miss bats and generate weak contact on the ground. He gets swings and misses with a curve that can be plus at times. Anderson's greatest leap forward came with his changeup. He worked hard on the offspeed pitch last offseason and it showed, as it was a plus pitch for him on occasion. While his walk rate was high during his first full season, there aren't overarching concerns about his command.

The gloves could come off a bit for Anderson in 2018, though with the depth in the system, there's no reason to rush him. There's still plenty of upside for Anderson to reach and he eventually could develop into a front-half-of-the-rotation kind of starter.


2017

Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55

Ranked No. 13 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 200 Draft prospects list as the 2016 Draft approached, Anderson's name started popping up in the top of the Draft conversations late in the days before the Draft began. The upstate New York prep standout was taken No. 3 overall, signing for $4 million. That was more than $2.5 million below pick value, allowing the Braves to aggressively go after other high-ceiling talent later in the Draft.

Tall and projectable with the ability to add strength, Anderson throws his fastball in the 91-95 mph range with good downhill angle. His breaking ball can be plus at times, getting swings and misses. It has slurve action at this point, but could tighten up and become a true slider in time. Anderson has good feel for an average changeup as well. He's generally around the strike zone and attacks hitters.

While Anderson might have been taken No. 3 overall in a money-saving deal, he has a tremendous amount of upside and could eventually develop into a frontline-type starter at the big league level.


2016

Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55

Ranked No. 13 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 200 Draft prospects list as the 2016 Draft approached, Anderson's name started popping up in the top of the Draft conversations late in the days before the Draft began. The upstate New York prep standout was taken No. 3 overall, signing for $4 million. That was more than $2.5 million below pick value, allowing the Braves to aggressively go after other high-ceiling talent later in the Draft.

Tall and projectable with the ability to add strength, Anderson throws his fastball in the 91-95 mph range with good downhill angle. His breaking ball can be plus at times, getting swings and misses. It has slurve action at this point, but could tighten up and become a true slider in time. Anderson has good feel for an average changeup as well. He's generally around the strike zone and attacks hitters.

While Anderson might have been taken No. 3 overall in a money-saving deal, he has a tremendous amount of upside and could eventually develop into a frontline-type starter at the big league level.



Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2020 571 81 1 1.2 86.7 8.9 18.5 .184 .234 .231 .239 .270 32.1 29.7 10.1 1.95 2.57
ALL 571 81 1 1.2 86.7 8.9 18.5 .184 .234 .231 .239 .270 32.1 29.7 10.1
MLB 43640 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/25/2020 Atlanta Braves selected the contract of RHP Ian Anderson from Braves Alternate Training Site.
07/19/2020 RHP Ian Anderson assigned to Braves Alternate Training Site from Mississippi Braves.
01/22/2020 Atlanta Braves invited non-roster RHP Ian Anderson to spring training.
11/20/2019 RHP Ian Anderson assigned to Mississippi Braves from Gwinnett Stripers.
08/05/2019 RHP Ian Anderson assigned to Gwinnett Stripers from Mississippi Braves.
01/28/2019 Atlanta Braves invited non-roster RHP Ian Anderson to spring training.
08/08/2018 RHP Ian Anderson assigned to Mississippi Braves from Florida Fire Frogs.
04/05/2018 RHP Ian Anderson assigned to Florida Fire Frogs from Rome Braves.
04/04/2017 RHP Ian Anderson assigned to Rome Braves from Danville Braves.
08/10/2016 RHP Ian Anderson assigned to Danville Braves from GCL Braves.
07/09/2016 RHP Ian Anderson assigned to GCL Braves.
06/25/2016 Atlanta Braves signed RHP Ian Anderson.