Scouting Ian Anderson, RHP, Rome

Ian Anderson, photo courtesy of:
Jeff Morris (on Twitter @AtlBravesJeff)

Hey guys I took a run down to McCormick field in Asheville on Friday to see the Tourists take on the Rome Braves. High profile RHP’s Ian Anderson and Riley Pint went head to head. That was a fun matchup, they both battled. I’ve previously written up Pint (http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/05/15/scouting-riley-pint-rhp-asheville/) but this was my 1st look at Anderson and he’s very good. A nice 3 pitch mix.

Anderson, age 19, listed 6’3″ 170 lbs, bats and throws right. He was drafted third overall in the 2016 draft out of high school in Albany, NY.

Anderson looked long and lean, 6’3″ 170 lbs looks accurate. There is plenty of projection remaining. He stands on the 1B side of the rubber, his release is straight over the top. He’s athletic with a fast arm and repeats his delivery very well. Because he’s 6’3″ and his over the top delivery, he gets excellent plane on his pitches. But being straight over the top he will lose some platoon advantage vs RHH. They’re going to see him better than if he were 3/4. It’s a trade off.

Early on the fastball sat 93-94, it was 91-92 in the 3rd inning and stayed there the rest of the outing (a few at 90). The fastball is coming downhill but otherwise looked fairly straight. Fastball command is a work in progress though I think it will be a strength with more seasoning. 55

The 12-6 curve thrown at 76-79 MPH flashed plus, he has a lot of confidence in the pitch, throwing it often and in any count. He bounced some, generating some awkward two strike swings. He also dropped quite a few in the strike zone with varying amounts of movement, though some didn’t do a whole lot. 55/60

The change up sat 81-83 and flashed some nice sink. He did a nice job selling the pitch, mimicking the arm speed of the fastball. 50/55

Sequencing: Anderson was 70% fastball early, with 20% curve and 10% Change. By the 4th Inning he was 60%, 25%, 15%.

Conclusion: Anderson is fun to watch, he’s long and lean but shows very good coordination and already repeats well. It’s a solid three pitch mix and the 12/6 curve could be a weapon with more tightening. He’s a #3 for me but he’s young and projectable, there might be more in there.

Here we get several looks at Anderson’s delivery and repertoire courtesy of Chris Blessing a prospect evaluator for Baseball HQ (on Twitter @C_Blessing).

Up next at Notes A fun piece, I will be ranking this years Rome arms to last years
These are the six arms I’ll rank: Soroka, Allard, Fried, Touki, Anderson and Wentz.

Look for that tomorrow,

Monday I’ll be in Hickory for a look at the Lexington Legends. Expect a piece on OF Khalil Lee also Hickory SS Anderson Tejeda.

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