Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson

33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Kansas City Royals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
After missing all of 2022 due to elbow surgery, Anderson inked a deal with Atlanta last November and made their Opening Day bullpen after a terrific spring. With high leverage pedigree and an outstanding curveball (40.4% whiff rate), the 33-year-old posted a 0.73 WHIP and 18:1 K:BB over his first 13.2 innings. Anderson was fairly consistent in a setup role, posting 15 holds, 4 wins and a save across 35 appearances (35.2 innings) before a shoulder strain put an early end to his season. The right-hander has been riddled with injuries during his career, but has always demonstrated upside when healthy. Anderson was recently traded to Kansas City, where he will likely compete for closing duties if he can stay on the field. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#585
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$Signed a one-year, $1.58 million contract with the Royals in January of 2024.
Snags first win
PKansas City Royals
April 18, 2024
Anderson (1-1) allowed a hit and struck out one without walking a batter over a scoreless inning, earning the win in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader versus the White Sox.
ANALYSIS
Anderson pitched the seventh inning and became the pitcher of record when Salvador Perez put the Royals ahead with a two-run home run in the eighth. It's been feast or famine for Anderson so far -- he has five scoreless outings and two games where he's given up two runs. He's sporting a 3:4 K:BB and a 2.00 WHIP over six innings, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him continue working as a middle reliever most of the time.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Nick Anderson generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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121+
 
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31-40
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Nick Anderson generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-46%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-53%
BAA vs LHP
2022
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .157 75 17 5 11 5 0 0
Since 2022vs Right .293 103 22 9 27 6 0 4
2024vs Left .231 17 0 4 3 1 0 0
2024vs Right .278 20 3 1 5 1 0 1
2023vs Left .140 58 17 1 8 4 0 0
2023vs Right .297 83 19 8 22 5 0 3
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-59%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-43%
ERA on Road
2022
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 3.80 1.27 21.1 2 0 1 8.4 3.4 0.4
Since 2022Away 2.86 1.14 22.0 3 1 0 7.8 2.5 1.2
2024Home 3.18 1.76 5.2 0 0 0 3.2 7.9 0.0
2024Away 7.71 1.29 2.1 1 1 0 3.9 0.0 3.9
2023Home 4.02 1.09 15.2 2 0 1 10.3 1.7 0.6
2023Away 2.29 1.12 19.2 2 0 0 8.2 2.7 0.9
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Nick Anderson compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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 30 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
0.60
 
K/9
3.4
 
BB/9
5.6
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
93.8 mph
 
ERA
4.50
 
WHIP
1.63
 
BABIP
.264
 
GB/FB
2.00
 
Left On Base
77.6%
 
Exit Velocity
86.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.5%
 
Spin Rate
2083 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.0%
 
Swinging Strike
3.8%
 
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Could return to big role
PTampa Bay Rays
September 3, 2021
Anderson, on the injured list with an elbow issue, has been dominating Triple-A hitters during his rehab assignment and should quickly assume a high-leverage role once activated.
ANALYSIS
In his last three appearances with Triple-A Durham, the righty has five strikeouts in three perfect innings. Having logged 8.2 total innings at that level, Anderson appears days away from returning to the Rays and making his 2021 debut. He's been impressive in his last two big-league seasons, posting a 2.77 ERA and 136:21 K:BB with 22 holds and seven saves in 81.1 total innings. Manager Kevin Cash might ease Anderson into action upon activation, but the 31-year-old should compete with Andrew Kittredge and others for saves over the final few weeks of the regular season.
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Anderson underwent an internal brace procedure on his pitching elbow in October of 2021 and had his rehab assignment in 2022 delayed due to continued elbow soreness. He never made it back with the Rays, getting shut down late in the year because of plantar fasciitis. Tampa Bay wound up cutting him loose and Anderson quickly latched on with the Braves. Anderson had a run of being one of the most dominant relievers in the game before injuries began to sabotage him in 2021. Lingering questions about his health and potential effectiveness remain, but he's certainly one to keep an eye on.
Anderson is expected to be sidelined for the majority of the 2022 season while he recovers from the right elbow surgery he underwent last October.
Anderson led the Rays with six saves during the regular season, topping a list of 12 pitchers to earn a save for Tampa Bay after 11 different players earned saves for the club during the 2019 regular season. He began his 2020 postseason with three straight scoreless appearances but ended up allowing an earned run in each of his final seven appearances, including the go-ahead run in Game 6 of the World Series. The right-hander seemed to run out of gas and his swing-and-miss evaporated; he had nine strikeouts in 14.2 playoff innings after posting a 44.8 K% during the regular season. Among relief pitchers who threw at least 10 innings during the regular season, Anderson's strikeout rate ranked fifth behind only Devin Williams, Aroldis Chapman, James Karinchak and Edwin Diaz. Bet on a skills rebound, though the Rays' bullpen management and handful of other capable closing options have to temper enthusiasm.
Anderson was traded from the Twins to the Marlins in November 2018 and earned a spot on the Opening Day roster, and he delivered quality innings out of the bullpen in Miami in his first taste of big-league action with a 2.71 FIP and 37.1 K% in 45 outings. The Marlins then flipped him to the Rays at the trade deadline, where he took another step forward with a 1.62 FIP and 41:2 K:BB across 21.1 innings. He recorded one save and 16 holds between the two teams. Anderson is a two-pitch pitcher and uses a curveball (40% usage) to compliment a 96-mph fastball, and he turned into one of the more dominant relievers in the league during the second half with a 45.5 K-BB%. Anderson figures to begin the 2020 campaign in a high-leverage role for the Rays, and after the team traded Emilio Pagan in February, there's a chance Anderson closes. It's not a lock, however, and even if he is the primary closer, Anderson will likely lose occasional chances based on matchups.
Anderson may be the rare 28-year-old with no major-league experience worth knowing. A 32nd-round pick by the Brewers back in 2012, Anderson never signed and instead went to the Frontier League until the Twins purchased his contract in 2015. After recording a 2.25 ERA in 183.2 minor-league innings, split over four seasons, Anderson was acquired by the Marlins, who immediately placed him on their 40-man roster. There may be no organization in baseball better to try to break in with than Miami. It would be a surprise to see him anywhere near the closer conversation early in the season, but after striking out 36.2% of batters while walking just 7.8% at Triple-A last season, it's conceivable that Anderson could work his way towards a high-leverage role as the season progresses.
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Gets walked off Monday
PKansas City Royals
April 2, 2024
Anderson (0-1) allowed two runs on two hits without walking or striking out a batter over one-third of an inning to take the loss Monday versus the Orioles.
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Settling in with new team
PKansas City Royals
March 5, 2024
Anderson has allowed two runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts over three Cactus League innings.
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Avoids arbitration with Royals
PKansas City Royals
January 11, 2024
The Royals and Anderson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.575 million contract Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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Traded to Royals
PKansas City Royals
November 17, 2023
Atlanta traded Anderson to the Royals on Friday in exchange for cash, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Set for rehab assignment
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
September 18, 2023
Anderson (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Gwinnett, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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