Brian Anderson
Brian Anderson
28-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Miami Marlins
10-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 2/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Anderson had his best year yet, at least judging by his career-high 121 wRC+, helping lead the Marlins to their first playoff berth since 2003. Whether or not he actually improved isn't clear, however. He made less contact than in either of his two previous full seasons, as his strikeout rate jumped significantly from 21.9% to 28.8%. When he did make contact, it came off the bat at a career-low 87.4 mph average exit velocity. Statcast suggests he overachieved by a fair amount, giving him a .228 xBA and a .425 xSLG, numbers which don't quite back up his .255 batting average and .465 slugging percentage. Overall, it's not the most compelling profile, but Anderson should at least do enough to be worth a later-round pick again this season. He has a locked-in role in an improving lineup, though he's still held back somewhat by the Marlins' pitcher-friendly home park. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#273
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$Signed a one-year, $3.8 million contract with the Marlins in January of 2021.
Undergoes shoulder surgery
3BMiami Marlins
Shoulder
September 14, 2021
Anderson underwent surgery to repair his left shoulder capsule Tuesday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
ANALYSIS
Anderson will now officially miss the rest of the season after undergoing the procedure, though he's expected to be healthy in time for spring training in February. The 28-year-old had a down season while dealing with multiple injuries and finished with a .249/.337/.378 slash line in 67 games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
36
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
13
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+88%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .674 247 20 9 25 1 .227 .291 .382
Since 2019vs Right .819 761 87 28 106 9 .267 .357 .462
2021vs Left .428 60 5 1 5 1 .158 .200 .228
2021vs Right .804 204 19 6 23 4 .278 .377 .426
2020vs Left .788 64 7 2 8 0 .286 .359 .429
2020vs Right .802 160 19 8 29 0 .243 .338 .464
2019vs Left .738 123 8 6 12 0 .232 .301 .438
2019vs Right .834 397 49 14 54 5 .271 .355 .478
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2019
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .771 522 53 18 67 6 .251 .343 .428
Since 2019Away .795 486 54 19 64 4 .263 .340 .456
2021Home .735 147 17 4 15 2 .256 .347 .388
2021Away .690 117 7 3 13 3 .240 .325 .365
2020Home .712 95 6 4 16 0 .233 .305 .407
2020Away .863 129 20 6 21 0 .273 .372 .491
2019Home .810 280 30 10 36 4 .255 .354 .457
2019Away .811 240 27 10 30 1 .269 .329 .481
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Stat Review
How does Brian Anderson compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. 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 and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as 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.
BB/K
0.40
 
BB Rate
9.8%
 
K Rate
24.6%
 
BABIP
.317
 
ISO
.129
 
AVG
.249
 
OBP
.337
 
SLG
.378
 
OPS
.715
 
wOBA
.319
 
Exit Velocity
82.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.8%
 
Barrels/PA
5.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
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This is the type of player that would be a much bigger deal in another market and another ballpark. Anderson is the guy in the Miami lineup pitchers don't want to beat them; his overall fantasy production is limited by his surrounding cast and his home park. If he hit in a better lineup and better park, 30 homers and 90-plus RBI would be a very real possibility for him in 2020. He is coming into his third full season at the major-league level and has shown improvement in the three years of MLB experience he has under his belt. He is too cheap for the Marlins to let go anywhere else, so the hope would be Derek Jeter and the other front-office officials improve his surrounding cast quicker so his fantasy value can grow in kind. For now, draft him for the improving player he is and hope his situation changes for the better while enjoying his dual-position eligibility.
For a player with as little prospect pedigree and buzz as Anderson, he had himself a nice little rookie season. He was the second-best hitter on a poor Marlins team, finishing 13 percent better than league average with the bat after accounting for park effects (113 wRC+). His plate-discipline profile was pretty much exactly in line with his minor-league track record, with Anderson walking 9.3% of the time while striking out at a 19.3% clip. The big drawback was the lack of power. Anderson had 34 doubles but only 11 homers and a .127 ISO, and his 51.8% groundball rate and .397 road slugging percentage don't portend much improvement in that department in the years to come. His 19.7% line-drive rate also points to a batting average in the .270s being maybe his ceiling. With his steady plate skills and an everyday role, the soon-to-be 26-year-old Anderson appears primed to once again be relevant in the corner infield, if only as a textbook accumulator.
Anderson lacks impact tools, realistic upside, a high floor and a record of performance at age-appropriate levels in the minors. But he will likely be the Marlins' starting third baseman on Opening Day, so he's got that going for him, which is nice. Prior to 2017, he impressed after getting drafted in the third round in 2014 in the lower levels as a 21-year-old, and had a nice 49-game run at High-A as a 23-year-old, but other than that, he had been roughly a league-average hitter at each stop. However, last season he hit .275/.361/.492 with 22 home runs in 120 games across stops at Double-A and Triple-A before making his big-league debut in September, where he whiffed 29.5 percent of the time. He could hit .250 or .260 with double-digit home runs if everything breaks right. In most organizations he would profile as an organizational depth piece, but after Miami gutted its roster this offseason, Anderson will be a part of a youth movement in 2018.
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Scheduled for surgery
3BMiami Marlins
Shoulder
September 10, 2021
Anderson will undergo shoulder surgery next week, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Expected to miss remainder of 2021
3BMiami Marlins
Shoulder
September 3, 2021
Anderson was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder subluxation Friday.
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Likely heading to IL
3BMiami Marlins
Shoulder
September 3, 2021
Anderson (shoulder) is expected to be placed on the 10-day injured list Friday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Day-to-day with shoulder injury
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Shoulder
September 2, 2021
Anderson is considered day-to-day due to shoulder discomfort, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
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Riding pine Thursday
3BMiami Marlins
September 2, 2021
Anderson isn't starting Thursday's game against the Mets, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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