Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Atlanta Braves
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Anderson finished fifth in NL Rookie of the Year voting, garnering three third place votes. He was a playoff hero, winning two of four starts while posting a 0.96 ERA in 18.2 innings. Anderson's season-long 3.58 ERA was deemed half a run too low by its estimators, with a lucky .261 BABIP lending a helping hand. Walks have always been an issue, though Anderson's 9.9 BB% is an improvement over recent seasons. He features a four-seam fastball, curve and changeup with the latter two responsible for most of his punchouts. Anderson throws his heater almost half the time, so if he tweaks his pitch mix, he could add a tick or two to his 23.2 K%. Anderson was sidelined for about six weeks after the break with shoulder soreness, but he showed no ill effects after returning. There is a lot to like, and Anderson would not be the first 24-year-old pitcher to improve control, but paying for it is a slippery slope. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#152
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$Signed a one-year, $575,500 contract with the Braves in March of 2021.
Gives up three runs in no-decision
PAtlanta Braves
May 12, 2022
Anderson gave up three runs on seven hits across 5.1 innings during Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Red Sox. He struck out four and walked one.
ANALYSIS
Anderson gave up a two-run homer to Trevor Story in the second and an RBI single to J.D. Martinez in the third, but he was able to avoid major trouble for the most part despite not having his best stuff. Anderson was pulled with 96 pitches after allowing two of the first three batters to reach in the sixth inning, but Collin McHugh was able to get out of the jam without allowing a run. Tentatively, the 24-year-old Anderson is scheduled to pitch next against the Brewers on Monday.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
88
Last 10 Games
88
Last 5 Games
90
How many pitches does Ian Anderson generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .194 390 98 40 67 13 0 12
Since 2020vs Right .234 412 89 43 85 23 0 9
2022vs Left .200 64 14 9 11 6 0 2
2022vs Right .259 65 8 7 15 3 0 2
2021vs Left .205 255 58 23 47 7 0 10
2021vs Right .236 280 66 30 58 16 0 6
2020vs Left .145 71 26 8 9 0 0 0
2020vs Right .200 67 15 6 12 4 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-12%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-69%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-3%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-52%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.64 1.24 89.0 6 3 0 8.3 3.7 0.9
Since 2020Away 3.19 1.23 101.2 9 5 0 9.3 4.1 1.1
2022Home 6.92 1.92 13.0 0 1 0 6.2 6.2 1.4
2022Away 2.12 1.00 17.0 3 0 0 6.9 3.7 1.1
2021Home 3.52 1.13 61.1 5 1 0 8.4 3.2 0.9
2021Away 3.63 1.33 67.0 4 4 0 9.0 4.2 1.3
2020Home 1.23 1.09 14.2 1 1 0 9.8 3.7 0.6
2020Away 2.55 1.08 17.2 2 1 0 12.7 4.1 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Ian 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
1.38
 
K/9
6.6
 
BB/9
4.8
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
93.5 mph
 
ERA
4.20
 
WHIP
1.40
 
BABIP
.260
 
GB/FB
1.83
 
Left On Base
74.2%
 
Exit Velocity
81.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.2%
 
Spin Rate
1816 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
24.1%
 
Swinging Strike
13.3%
 
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Anderson shattered expectations in 10 starts across the regular season and the playoffs. The No. 3 overall pick in 2016 was higher on prospect rankings after 2018 than he was after his 2019 season, which closed with him walking 18 in 24.2 innings at Triple-A. The secret to his MLB success was a devastating 87 mph changeup he threw 31 percent of the time. His fastball and curveball are unremarkable, but the quality of his changeup allowed his other pitches to play up. Anderson's Barrel% was in the 99th percentile and his improved changeup led to a much higher GB% (52.5) than he'd shown in the minors. He has always walked too many batters, but it looks like his 15.9 BB% at Triple-A was the outlier. If the homer suppression and groundball rate he displayed are mostly sustainable, a high walk rate won't matter as much. He has been very durable and could approach 160 innings in his first full MLB season.
On the bright side, Anderson tied for the fourth-most strikeouts (172) in the minors during his age-20/21 season at Double-A and Triple-A. Unfortunately, his secondary stuff and command did not improve as one would have hoped. He has now logged walk rates north of 10% in four of five stops above rookie ball, with his 15.9 BB% at Triple-A ranking as easily his worst rate as a professional. His mid-90s fastball is his best pitch, while his curveball can be an above-average offering. However, his changeup still lags behind. When he throws strikes, good hitters can hunt fastballs and when he doesn't throw strikes, good hitters just take their walks. Youth, size (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) and velocity are the best things about his profile, but at some point he needs to start improving his weaknesses. The Braves won't call him up until he can at least demonstrate fringe-average command at Triple-A.
Of the five Braves pitching prospects who are top 100 prospects for dynasty leagues, Anderson is the only one who has not yet pitched in the majors. He continues to get better every year, and held High-A and Double-A hitters to a .199 AVG while allowing just two home runs en route to a 2.49 ERA. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound righty has prototypical size and an athletic delivery. He used his mid-90s fastball and plus curveball to lead the Florida State League with a 28.5 K%. That mark climbed to 30% across four starts in the Southern League, as his changeup steadily improved as the year went on. His command and control waxes and wanes, but when he is pounding the zone he is one of the best pitchers in the minors. Anderson logged a 1.17 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 53.2 innings across the nine starts where he walked one or fewer. With more consistent fastball command and continued improvement to his changeup, he could be a frontline starter.
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.
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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Tallies third win
PAtlanta Braves
May 4, 2022
Anderson (3-1) allowed one earned run on five hits and four walks while striking out one to earn the win Wednesday against the Mets.
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Delivers quality start Friday
PAtlanta Braves
April 30, 2022
Anderson (2-1) picked up the win Friday, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks over six innings in a 6-3 victory over the Rangers. He struck out five.
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Stuck with no-decision Saturday
PAtlanta Braves
April 24, 2022
Anderson didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 9-7 loss to the Marlins, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out four.
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Fans seven in Saturday's win
PAtlanta Braves
April 16, 2022
Anderson (1-1) picked up the win Saturday, allowing one run on two hits and a walk over 5.2 innings in a 5-2 victory over the Padres. He struck out seven.
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Hands out five free passes
PAtlanta Braves
April 10, 2022
Anderson (0-1) took the loss against the Reds on Sunday, allowing five runs on three hits and five walks over 2.2 innings. He struck out one batter.
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