Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher Chase Anderson Shines in the AFL

Paul Francis Sullivan@@sullybaseballChief Writer INovember 6, 2012

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are going into 2013 with no shortage of solid young pitching.

Trevor Cahill, Ian Kennedy and Wade Miley are all reliable and will be 28 years old or younger next year. Daniel Hudson, Josh Collmenter and Patrick Corbin are also young and with ability.

And Tyler Skaggs and Trevor Bauer are two excellent starting prospects.

If the Arizona Fall League is any measuring stick, then Chase Anderson might be adding his name to the list.

According to Don Ketchum of MLB.com, Anderson was named the Arizona Fall League's Pitcher of the Week during the third week of play.

While playing for the Salt River Rafters, he struck out eight in as many innings, throwing to a 0.75 WHIP and holding hitters to a .167 average.

The former University of Oklahoma pitcher is a native Texan who, according to Ketchum in another MLB.com article, emulated Nolan Ryan and Josh Beckett.

His solid start in the minor leagues was derailed by elbow issues in 2011. But at age 24 he came back with a good showing in Double-A Mobile and now the Arizona Fall League.

He was held to less than five innings a start as he recovered last year but will be healthy going into next season.

According to Ketchum, his Fall League manager Matt Williams sees him as a major leaguer with a mix of pitches including his curve and cutter.

If he makes it through Double-A and Triple-A, the Diamondbacks could have an embarrassment of riches in their pitching department. And no doubt that would suit Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson just fine.

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