Tyler Anderson
Tyler Anderson
31-Year-Old PitcherSP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Anderson made 11 starts plus two relief appearances for the Giants in 2020, but didn't manage to produce ratios much different than his Rockies days despite the more favorable home stadium. The 31-year-old was a first-round pick in 2011 but never developed front-line upside. Instead, Anderson has established himself as a prototypical soft-tossing lefty, barely averaging 90 mph with his fastball last year with a 15.8 K% that was by far a career low as he tried to generate weak contact with his 81 mph changeup instead, a pitch he threw a career-high 33% of the time. San Francisco cut him loose over the winter, but Anderson could catch on with a club looking for a swing man out of the bullpen or some organizational depth for the rotation. Read Past Outlooks
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#595
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$Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Pirates in February of 2021.
Signs with Pirates
PPittsburgh Pirates
February 16, 2021
Anderson signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Pirates on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
The lefty has had a bit of a rocky career path, but the Pirates evidently have faith that he's still a big-league pitcher. His 4.30 ERA over the first three years of his career was better than it looked given that he pitched for Colorado, but he slipped to an awful 11.76 ERA in five starts in 2019 before being shut down with knee issues. He rebounded to record a 4.37 ERA as a Giant last season, though his 15.8 percent strikeout rate and 28.5 percent groundball rate were both low. There doesn't appear to be much reason to get excited here, but he's at least landed in a spot where he has a good chance to start, keeping him on the radar as a streaming or deep-league option given the weakness of the NL Central.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
73
Last 10 Games
84
Last 5 Games
84
How many pitches does Tyler Anderson generally throw?
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .301 254 54 18 69 12 1 12
Since 2018vs Right .249 841 172 76 186 47 5 31
2020vs Left .328 69 11 3 20 3 1 2
2020vs Right .233 183 28 21 37 13 0 3
2019vs Left .348 28 8 4 8 0 0 3
2019vs Right .368 78 15 7 25 8 1 5
2018vs Left .283 157 35 11 41 9 0 7
2018vs Right .238 580 129 48 124 26 4 23
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-33%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.66 1.37 139.0 6 9 0 8.0 3.2 1.5
Since 2018Away 5.60 1.36 117.1 5 6 0 8.0 3.5 1.5
2020Home 3.03 1.13 32.2 3 1 0 5.8 2.8 0.6
2020Away 6.00 1.70 27.0 1 2 0 6.7 5.0 1.0
2019Home 13.91 2.45 11.0 0 2 0 9.0 5.7 4.1
2019Away 9.31 1.76 9.2 0 1 0 11.2 3.7 2.8
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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.64
 
K/9
6.2
 
BB/9
3.8
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
90.2 mph
 
ERA
4.37
 
WHIP
1.39
 
BABIP
.294
 
GB/FB
0.77
 
Left On Base
67.1%
 
Exit Velocity
80.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.6%
 
Spin Rate
2226 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.8%
 
Swinging Strike
10.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After parts of three seasons as a respectable (if unexciting) starter, Anderson hit a wall in 2019. In his only five starts of the year, he was knocked around for an 11.76 ERA, allowing eight homers. He was optioned in early May but never had the chance to figure things out in the minors, eventually undergoing knee surgery in mid-June. Recovery from the surgery is expected to cost him the start of his season. The Rockies saw no reason to keep him around, waiving him in October. He was picked up by the Giants, potentially a significant boost to his fantasy value given the drastic difference between his old and new home parks. He'll have to get healthy first, which makes him a poor choice during draft season in most formats, but his career 4.69 ERA is good for a park-adjusted 98 ERA-, suggesting he's league-average pitcher. That will play in deep leagues if he can return to form.
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.
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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Let go by San Francisco
PFree Agent
December 2, 2020
Anderson was non-tendered by the Giants on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
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Posts quality start Friday
PSan Francisco Giants
September 26, 2020
Anderson (4-3) allowed two runs on five hits and four walks while also striking out four across six innings as he earned the win over the Padres on Friday.
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Solid in win
PSan Francisco Giants
September 20, 2020
Anderson (3-3) allowed two unearned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four in 5.2 innings in a win over the Athletics on Sunday.
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Set to start Sunday
PSan Francisco Giants
September 19, 2020
Anderson will start Sunday's game against the Athletics, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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Tossed early
PSan Francisco Giants
September 17, 2020
Anderson threw two innings of four-hit, four-run ball Thursday prior to being ejected, as the Giants beat the Mariners 6-4. He struck out three while walking one.
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