Ian Anderson
22-Year-Old PitcherSP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#100
ADP
$Signed a $4 million contract with the Braves in June of 2016.
Gives up first postseason runs
PAtlanta Braves
October 19, 2020
Anderson threw just three innings in Game 7 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Sunday, allowing two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out two.
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Anderson's teammates gave him a two-run cushion by scoring in both of the first two innings, but he gave it all back in the third, with a two-out rally setting up a two-RBI single for Will Smith. He was not asked to come back out for the fourth inning. The 22-year-old finishes the postseason with a 0.96 ERA and a 31.2 percent strikeout rate in 18.2 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
92
Last 10 Games
92
Last 5 Games
91
How many pitches does Ian Anderson generally throw?
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .145 71 26 8 9 0 0 0
Since 2018vs Right .200 67 15 6 12 4 0 1
2020vs Left .145 71 26 8 9 0 0 0
2020vs Right .200 67 15 6 12 4 0 1
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-52%
ERA at Home
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-52%
ERA at Home
2019
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 1.23 1.09 14.2 1 1 0 9.8 3.7 0.6
Since 2018Away 2.55 1.08 17.2 2 1 0 12.7 4.1 0.0
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
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
2.93
 
K/9
11.4
 
BB/9
3.9
 
HR/9
0.3
 
Fastball
94.1 mph
 
ERA
1.95
 
WHIP
1.08
 
BABIP
.285
 
GB/FB
2.05
 
Left On Base
71.4%
 
Exit Velocity
80.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.7%
 
Spin Rate
1958 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
19.0%
 
Swinging Strike
12.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Issues five walks in no-decision
PAtlanta Braves
October 14, 2020
Anderson tossed four scoreless innings Tuesday as he didn't factor into the decision in the win over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS. He allowed one hit and five walks while striking out five.
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Strikes out eight in win
PAtlanta Braves
October 7, 2020
Anderson (1-0) recorded the win over 5.2 innings of scoreless work Wednesday, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out eight in a victory over the Marlins in Game 2 of the NLDS.
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Tosses gem in playoff debut
PAtlanta Braves
October 2, 2020
Anderson picked up the win in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Round against the Reds on Thursday, striking out nine while walking two and allowing just two hits over six scoreless innings.
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Let down by defense
PAtlanta Braves
September 24, 2020
Anderson (3-2) took the loss Thursday as Atlanta fell 4-2 to the Marlins, giving up three unearned runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out six without walking a batter.
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Fans eight in first loss
PAtlanta Braves
September 20, 2020
Anderson (3-1) took the loss Saturday, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks over 4.2 innings as Atlanta was downed 7-2 by the Mets. He struck out eight.
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