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!


daedalus said...

not everybody can be #1 on the baseball america top prospect list on back-to-back years you know.

That Bootleg Guy said...

Wait, which of my guys are you mocking here? Cliff Floyd? Floyd was #3 in '93 and #1 in '94. Who are you mocking here? WHO?

daedalus said...

i was actually thinking of floyd. i forgot he was 3 in '93.

i apologize.

That Bootleg Guy said...

I thought it might've been Darrell Whitmore, but, as we know, there's nothing to mock *him* about.

daedalus said...

if only he would, ahem, hitmore.