Chase Anderson
Chase Anderson
31-Year-Old PitcherSP
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Brewers signed Anderson to a contract extension prior to last season, but his performance really slipped, as he had trouble keeping the ball in the park. He lost his spot in the rotation late in the season and was not a factor in the team's postseason hunt. The main source of Anderson's issues were his struggles with the long ball, as he served up a whopping 30 home runs. He still threw his fastball harder than he did earlier in his career, but not as hard as he did in 2017, and last season's ratios fall right in the middle as well. The Brewers have options on Anderson's contract through 2022, so they no doubt are hoping he can regain his form from two seasons ago. Whether or not he does will likely determine if he's a regular in the rotation all season, or winds up in a swing role like last year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $11.75 million contract with the Brewers in October of 2017. Contract includes team options for 2020 and 2021.
Left off NLDS roster
PMilwaukee Brewers
October 4, 2018
Anderson is not on the Brewers' roster for the NLDS versus the Rockies.
Instead of adding a couple more starters, manager Craig Counsell opted to only carry three regulars from the rotation and move forward with multi-inning relievers such as Brandon Woodruff and Junior Guerra. Anderson hadn't pitched since Sept. 18 against the Reds and it became evident that Counsell just had more trust in other options during the homestretch.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .211 854 182 74 162 26 4 28
Since 2016vs Right .262 1006 199 77 237 59 4 44
2018vs Left .217 327 67 32 63 8 1 12
2018vs Right .239 317 61 25 68 12 1 18
2017vs Left .212 247 62 17 48 9 1 5
2017vs Right .226 322 71 24 65 18 1 9
2016vs Left .203 280 53 25 51 9 2 11
2016vs Right .313 367 67 28 104 29 2 17
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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ERA at Home
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Since 2016Home 3.87 1.22 223.1 17 10 0 7.9 2.9 1.7
Since 2016Away 3.56 1.22 227.2 13 13 0 7.3 3.2 1.1
2018Home 5.03 1.26 82.1 5 4 0 8.2 3.3 2.4
2018Away 2.74 1.11 75.2 4 4 0 6.3 3.2 1.0
2017Home 2.51 1.01 68.0 5 1 0 7.9 2.3 1.2
2017Away 2.95 1.16 73.1 7 3 0 9.0 2.9 0.6
2016Home 3.82 1.36 73.0 7 5 0 7.6 3.0 1.5
2016Away 4.92 1.39 78.2 2 6 0 6.6 3.3 1.8
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How does Chase 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
Anderson quietly posted a 3.02 ERA after the All-Star break in 2016, and he did not slow down last year, finishing the season with easily the best ERA and WHIP of his career. An injury he suffered while hitting cost him two months right in the middle of his campaign, but he was a model of consistency over his final 16 starts, giving up more than two earned runs just four times over that span and never giving up more than three runs when he did. Two keys to success for Anderson last year were an improved fastball (93.1 mph) and the best home-run prevention numbers of his career. His strikeouts will not wow fantasy owners, but the Brewers showed their belief in him by inking him to a four-year extension over the offseason. If Anderson can maintain his increased velocity and keep the ball in the park, both the team and fantasy owners will be happy with their investment in 2018.
For the second straight year, Anderson threw just over 150 below-average innings. Anderson was touched up for 28 home runs in 30 starts and has still yet to finish a season with a HR/9 below 1.0. Until he can fix that, it will be hard to believe in Anderson's ability, especially considering he also is the owner of a mediocre 2.5 K/BB. But if there is any reason to believe, it can be seen in his post-All-Star performance. In his final 13 starts of the season, Anderson managed a 3.02 ERA with 53 strikeouts over 65.2 innings. However, even during Anderson's best stretch of the year, hitters still managed 10 home runs and a .460 slugging percentage against him. He'll reliably eat some innings, but Anderson has proven too hittable over the course of his career to believe he'll turn into anything more than a back-end starter at this point.
Anderson was second on the Arizona staff last year with 152.7 innings pitched, though the results were average at best. He went 6-6, while compiling a 4.30 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. His 4.14 FIP and 4.17 xFIP suggest he could be slightly better than he was last season, although he is still not a very exciting fantasy pitcher. His strikeout rate also regressed in his second major league season, falling from 8.3 K/9 in 2014 to 6.5 in 2015. The Brewers saw something they liked, however, and acquired him as part of the haul for Jean Segura. The move increases Anderson's fantasy floor, as he is assured a rotation spot to start the season in Milwaukee, whereas he would have been a bullpen arm in Arizona. However, now that he is with the rebuilding Brewers, wins will be difficult to come by, and he is unlikely to make up for that with ratios and strikeouts.
Anderson spent the bulk of his rookie year with an ERA in the 3.00s, but a pair of six-run outings in his final six starts helped push his final mark up to 4.01. Like so many other Arizona arms, Anderson struggled with home runs, so the low-3.00s ERA he carried through 15 starts felt a bit unstable, though, interestingly, he didn’t give up a single homer in either of those six-run meltdowns late in the season. Already 27, he is a bit of a late bloomer, which makes it tough to add any real projection to what we saw in 2014. He missed enough bats to contribute in the category, but there was too much traffic on the basepaths -- a factor that makes the home run troubles even more concerning. The former ninth-round pick is penciled in for a rotation spot, but if the team adds outside options or a prospect proves ready sooner than expected, Anderson will be among the first to lose his spot.
Anderson spent the 2013 campaign at the Triple-A level in Reno in the tough Pacific Coast League. It was a year of regression for the 26-year-old, who walked more batters (33) in fewer innings (88) than he did in 2012 (25 walks in 104 innings). Control has been his strong suit in his career so far, but he has a lot of other young pitchers within the organization to compete with to make the big league roster out of spring training.
Anderson went to the Arizona Fall League to build up his workload following a Double-A season that was cut to 104 innings because of an elbow injury. Although he turned 25 in November, Anderson's age is less of a concern than it might be otherwise as he pitched in college and has been slowed by injuries throughout his professional career. If his 97:25 K:BB with Double-A Mobile is any indication, there's a big league future here, although he's often left out of conversations about the organization's supply of young pitching talent. Anderson does not throw hard, but he boasts a four-pitch arsenal that he controls well. As a result, he may become an option for the back of the Arizona rotation.
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Won't start Monday
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 23, 2018
Anderson won't make his scheduled Monday against the Cardinals, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Takes loss in short start
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 18, 2018
Anderson (9-8) gave up three runs on six hits in a loss to the Reds on Tuesday, recording five strikeouts and two walks in 3.2 innings.
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Early exit in no-decision against Cubs
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 12, 2018
Anderson didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Cubs, allowing two hits and three walks over four scoreless innings while striking out four.
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No-decision against Giants
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 8, 2018
Anderson didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 4-2 win over the Giants, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk over five innings while striking out five.
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Works five innings in no-decision
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 1, 2018
Anderson gave up one run in five innings Saturday, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out one in a no-decision against the Nationals.
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