Saturday, March 21, 2009
30 A's in 30 Days – Brett Anderson
Acquired: Traded from Arizona as part of package for Dan Haren (December 14, 2007).
Contract: One year thru 2009. No Major League experience.
Position: Future (2009?) member of A's rotation.
Projected ERA: 4.71
Over/Under: The worst kept secret in A's camp is that Anderson has a better than 50/50 chance of opening the season in Oakland's rotation. Every scouting report I've read on him uses words like "advanced", "polished" and "son of a pitching coach". In 225 minor league innings, he's fanned 243 and walked only 48. Yeah, yeah…only 31 of those innings were above single-A. My retort? UNDER, b*tches.
By the Numbers: 7, 2, 12 – Anderson ranked seventh on Baseball America's 2009 Top 100 prospects list. For the sake of reference, Baseball Prospectus lists his #2 comp as former Mets phenom, Bill Pulsipher – who was the #12 prospect in the game according to Baseball America's 1995 Top 100 list. I know that should temper my expectations, but let's not forget that Pulsipher was part of the greatest nicknamed baseball stable in recent memory: Generation K. That's gotta be worth something.
Surefire '09 Prediction: Singer-songwriter Brett Anderson's reign atop Google search results for "Brett Anderson" will come to an end. Eat it, England!