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Chris Anderson: Prospect Profile for Los Angeles Dodgers' 1st-Round Pick

Courtesy of Jacksonville
Courtesy of Jacksonville
Mike RosenbaumMLB Prospects Lead WriterJune 7, 2013

Player: Chris Anderson

Drafted by: Los Angeles Dodgers (No. 18 Overall)

Position: RHP

DOB: 7/29/1992 (Age: 20)

Height/Weight: 6’4”/225 lbs

Bats/Throws: R/R

School: Jacksonville

Previously Drafted: 2010, Chicago Cubs (35th round)

 

Background

After a long and grueling college season in 2012, Anderson was noticeably worn down last summer in the Cape Cod League, as he registered a 4.48 ERA with 94 hits allowed and 40 walks over 16 appearances. However, despite the lack of success, the right-hander still flashes the potential for three average or better pitches.

Although he’s struggled at times this spring back at Jacksonville, Anderson made a strong impression during the first month of the season with improved velocity and more developed secondary pitches. Since then, his stuff hasn’t been as impressive, as he’s once again had to serve as the staff workhorse.

Anderson’s stock has dipped over the course of the spring, but the right-hander’s potential as a mid-rotation starter with three pitches should make him a Day 1 selection.

 

Full Scouting Report

Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.

Body/Mechanics:

Strong, physical right-hander at 6’4”, 225 pounds; utilizes strong lower half; long strides; good extension toward the plate; durable frame; fluid arm action.

 

Fastball: 55/60

Fastball sits 90-95 mph; will work toward the high end early in starts; can scrape a few ticks higher; velocity has fluctuated with heavy workload; pitch can have late life at times.

 

Curveball: 40/45

Least developed offering; inconsistent spin and pace; thrown sparingly; at best a serviceable pitch.

 

Slider: 60/65

Plus pitch at 82-85 mph; good depth and tilt; sharp, late-breaking dive out of zone; above-average command; swing-and-miss offering.

 

Changeup: 50/55

Average offering with the chance to add a grade with development; solid arm action; 80-83 mph; some late fade; present feel for the pitch.

 

Control: 45/55

Usually around the zone; more consistent when well rested; arm angle can drop and pitches flatten out when fatigued; becomes too hittable; will have to work down in the zone against more advanced hitters.

 

Command: 40/50

Ability to command depends on strength, stamina; command of slider is best in arsenal; feel for working the strike zone with each offering; plenty of room to improve.

 

MLB Player Comparison: Matt Garza

 

Projection: No. 3 starter

 

MLB ETA: 2015

 

Chances of Signing: 90%

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