Tyler Anderson
Tyler Anderson
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Colorado Rockies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
While he didn't earn as much hype as Kyle Freeland or German Marquez, Anderson provided stability in 2018, posting a home ERA at Coors Field about one run better than his mark on the road, continuing a three-year trend. He did serve up 30 homers, tied for the most in the National League, with 14 coming on the road. Since he posted a 3.54 ERA as a rookie in 2016, Anderson's ERA has climbed each year while his BB/9 and GB/FB have gone in the wrong direction. Coors Field pitchers -- already inherently risky -- shouldn't lean on flyballs. Still, Anderson has intriguing peripherals (career 8.2 K/9, with a 65 first-strike percentage and 11.8% swinging-strike rate last year). He features an emerging cutter, a potentially devastating changeup and a curveball that showed flashes of becoming a solid fourth offering. Some tinkering could allow Anderson to return to that rookie form. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.63 million contract with the Rockies in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Comes to terms
PColorado Rockies
January 11, 2019
Anderson agreed to a one-year, $2.625 million deal with the Rockies, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
This is Anderson's first year of arbitration, so he will be enjoying the first seven-figure salary of his career. He is a lock to be a member of Colorado's rotation in 2019, but does not have the same fantasy upside as the top three members of the rotation.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .255 362 81 24 85 16 3 12
Since 2016vs Right .262 1215 263 89 287 63 7 46
2018vs Left .283 157 35 11 41 9 0 7
2018vs Right .238 580 129 48 124 26 4 23
2017vs Left .221 93 24 4 19 5 1 5
2017vs Right .286 269 57 22 69 17 1 11
2016vs Left .245 112 22 9 25 2 2 0
2016vs Right .281 366 77 19 94 20 2 12
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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Since 2016Home 3.73 1.30 214.2 11 11 0 8.4 2.6 1.2
Since 2016Away 5.07 1.28 161.2 7 10 0 8.0 2.8 1.7
2018Home 4.15 1.33 95.1 3 6 0 8.7 3.0 1.5
2018Away 5.02 1.20 80.2 4 3 0 8.0 3.0 1.6
2017Home 4.14 1.28 41.1 3 3 0 8.7 2.8 0.9
2017Away 5.44 1.37 44.2 3 3 0 8.3 2.6 2.4
2016Home 3.00 1.26 78.0 5 2 0 7.8 2.1 0.9
2016Away 4.71 1.35 36.1 0 4 0 7.7 2.5 1.0
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How does Tyler Anderson compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Oddly enough, Anderson has had better numbers at home than on the road the past two seasons. The lefty turned in a 5.44 ERA, .370 wOBA and 2.42 HR/9 on the road in 2017, compared to 4.14, .318 and 0.87 marks at Coors Field. During his debut season in 2016, Anderson had an even greater split in his home/road ERA (3.00 at Coors, 4.17 on the road). His groundball tilt (47.9 percent groundball rate for career) helps him in Colorado, as does the fact that he doesn't really throw any breaking pitches (fastball-cutter-changeup), but even so, it's difficult to see this trend continuing much into the future. Anderson's strikeout and walk rates were both solid last year (8.5 K/9, 2.7 BB/9), but he made two trips to the DL due to knee issues after dealing with an oblique problem in 2016. He missed the entire 2015 season due to an elbow injury. Proceed with caution.
Following a season lost to an elbow injury, Anderson came into spring training healthy and ready to compete for a major league rotation spot. Unfortunately, his comeback hit a roadblock almost immediately, as the left-hander suffered an oblique injury in March that sidelined him until May. Once he did make his way back, Anderson showed why the Rockies spent a first-round draft pick on him. He dominated hitters at both the Double-A and Triple-A levels, prompting his promotion to the big leagues just over a month after his activation. He even found some success during his time in the majors, sporting a 3.54 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 19 starts. Anderson certainly doesn't overwhelm hitters with his low-90s fastball, as his 7.8 K/9 shows, but his 50.9 percent groundball rate is a welcome sight considering many of his starts come at Coors Field. As long as Anderson can stay healthy, he should be a mainstay in the Rockies' rotation.
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 plan then changed to have Anderson partake in extended spring training in order to ease him into game action, but his elbow refused to comply. He was forced onto the 60-day disabled list in July, and finished the year without throwing a single pitch in a game. The former first-round pick will have a chance to join the big league rotation at some point this year, given his success with Double-A Tulsa in 2014 (1.98 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 106:40 K:BB), but he'll have to prove that he can stay healthy for a couple months in the minor leagues before that opportunity presents itself.
Though he possesses a first-round pedigree, Anderson hasn’t received much buzz in prospect circles due to a lack of premium velocity along with his relatively slow climb through the Rockies’ system for a three-year college pitcher. Despite those shortcomings, Anderson has managed to thrive at every level he’s 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 Rockies’ 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, Anderson’s 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.
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Takes no-decision
PColorado Rockies
October 5, 2018
Anderson (0-1) gave up one run on four hits and two walks over six innings in a loss to the Brewers in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. He struck out five.
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Lined up to start Game 2 of NLDS
PColorado Rockies
October 3, 2018
Anderson is scheduled to pitch Game 2 of the NLDS against the Brewers on Friday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
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Gets win in season finale
PColorado Rockies
September 30, 2018
Anderson (7-9) got the win against the Nationals on Sunday, giving up no earned runs on four hits over 7.2 innings, striking out five and walking three as the Rockies cruised to a 12-0 victory.
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Confirmed for regular-season finale
PColorado Rockies
September 29, 2018
Anderson is set to start the Rockies' regular-season finale Sunday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
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Bullpen session coming Friday
PColorado Rockies
September 28, 2018
Anderson (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, after which the Rockies will decide if he's fit to start Sunday's regular-season finale against the Nationals or be available in relief, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
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