Ian Anderson
20-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves AA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Braves have at least nine pitching prospects who warrant ownership in deeper leagues, and Anderson is squarely in the middle of that pack. He has a very athletic 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame and boasts a mid-90s fastball, plus curveball and potentially above-average changeup -- a pitch he really improved in 2017. His 28.5 percent strikeout rate ranked fourth in the Sally League among starters who threw at least 80 innings, and while his 12.1 percent walk rate was the fourth-worst mark in the league, evaluators still expect him to grow into at least average control, thanks to his athleticism and a repeatable delivery. While he only threw 17.2 innings in the final two months of the season, this was the result of a strict innings limit, not an injury. That said, it will be critical for him to build up his workload in the coming seasons. The Braves have been aggressive with top pitching prospects, but Anderson isn't as polished as Mike Soroka and Kolby Allard were last season, so look for him to get a standard one-level bump to High-A. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Braves in June of 2016 that includes a $4 million signing bonus.
Spins gem at Double-A
PAtlanta Braves  AA
August 27, 2018
Anderson picked up his first win with Double-A Mississippi on Sunday, allowing three hits and a walk over 6.2 scoreless innings while striking out nine in a 2-0 victory over Biloxi.
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The 20-year-old needed a couple of starts to adjust to his new level of competition after a promotion earlier in the month, but Anderson now seems back to his usual dominant ways. While his 132:47 K:BB through 113 innings between High-A and Double-A is impressive, the most noteworthy stat from his 2018 campaign might be that he's only served up two homers -- in fact, dating back to Rookie ball, Anderson's only been taken deep three times in 235 innings during his entire minor-league career. Unless he struggles upon reaching Triple-A next year, he seems on pace to make his debut in the majors some time in 2019.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
The Braves selected Anderson with the third overall pick in the 2016 draft because they knew he would sign for $2.5 million less than the slot value, allowing them to go over slot with their next five picks. That's not to say Anderson isn't an impressive young hurler. Only six players in the class received more than the $4 million he signed for and he was widely considered a top-15 talent heading into the draft. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound righty already boasts a low-90s fastball and his age and body type suggest he could add velocity in the coming years. He utilizes quality secondaries in his slider and changeup while also showing advanced command/control for his age. Anderson shut out the Gulf Coast League over 18 innings before heading to the more advanced Appalachian League, where he continued to look the part of a top-10 pick. He should spend most of 2017 with Low-A Rome and has all the tools to develop into a mid-rotation arm.
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Promoted to Double-A
PAtlanta Braves  AA
August 8, 2018
Anderson was promoted to Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday.
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Throws 7.2 innings of no-hit ball
PAtlanta Braves  AA
August 2, 2018
Anderson covered 7.2 hitless innings and issued one walk while striking out five Wednesday in his start for High-A Florida.
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Ties career high with 11 Ks at High-A
PAtlanta Braves  AA
July 3, 2018
Anderson (2-5) picked up the win in impressive fashion for High-A Florida in Monday's 3-2 victory over Jupiter, scattering three hits and a walk over six scoreless innings while striking out 11.
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Spins gem at High-A on Sunday
PAtlanta Braves  AA
May 8, 2018
Anderson didn't factor into the decision for High-A Florida in Sunday's loss to Tampa, tossing seven scoreless innings and scattering two hits and a walk while striking out seven.
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Assigned to High-A
PAtlanta Braves  AA
April 5, 2018
Anderson will begin the season with High-A Florida, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.
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