26-Year-Old Pitcher – Colorado Rockies
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Expected by many to make a run at a back-end rotation spot for the Rockies, Anderson was unable to prove his worth to the organization due to an elbow injury that lingered from September 2014. The pla...
The Rockies reinstated Anderson (oblique) from the disabled list Monday and promptly optioned the southpaw to Double-A Hartford.
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Colorado Rockies Roster
MajorsAdames, Cristhian (SS)
A+Almonte, Yency (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Though he possesses a first-round pedigree, Anderson hasnít received much buzz in prospect circles due to a lack of premium velocity along with his relatively slow climb through the Rockiesí system for a three-year college pitcher. Despite those shortcomings, Anderson has managed to thrive at every level heís pitched, and nowhere more so than at Double-A Tulsa in 2014. The left-hander submitted a 1.98 ERA and saw his strikeout rate jump up to 22.4% across 118.1 innings, earning Texas League Pitcher of the Year honors in the process. Anderson, who turned 25 in December, was added to the Rockiesí 40-man roster after last season and will probably compete for a rotation spot with the big club in spring training. He likely profiles as little more than a mid-rotation or back-end starter over the long haul, but a quality changeup and an improving breaking ball aided by a deceptive delivery could allow Anderson to experience a dose of success in the majors at some point in 2015.
Expected to serve as a main cog in the High-A Modesto rotation last season, Anderson shined in the early going before shoulder soreness set in, sidelining him for nearly three months. Anderson returned to Modesto in August and immediately picked up where he left off in early May, finishing the season with a respectable 3.25 ERA and 63:24 K:BB ratio over 74.2 innings. Even so, Andersonís successes in the California League were overshadowed by those of fellow Colorado first-round selections Eddie Butler and Jonathan Gray, who dominated the level at younger ages and enjoy greater prestige among prospect gurus. Anderson, 24, will more than likely spend the full season at Double-A Tulsa in 2014 and could be knocking on the door for a back-end rotation spot with the parent club by next spring.