Following a season lost to an elbow injury, Tyler Anderson came into spring training healthy and ready to compete for a major league rotation spot. Unfortunately, his comeback hit a roadblock almost immediately, as the left-hander suffered an oblique injury in March that sidelined him until May. Once he did make his way back, Anderson showed why the Rockies spent a first-round draft pick on him. He dominated hitters at both the Double-A and Triple-A levels, prompting his promotion to the big leagues just over a month after his activation. He even found some success during his time in the majors, sporting a 3.54 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 19 starts. Anderson certainly doesn't overwhelm hitters with his low-90s fastball, as his 7.8 K/9 shows, but his 50.9 percent groundball rate is a welcome sight considering many of his starts come at Coors Field. As long as Anderson can stay healthy, he should be a mainstay in the Rockies' rotation.
Harding will take the mound in the Rockies' Cactus League opener on Saturday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports Although he is only expected to pitch around two innings, Anderson will be looking to get off to nice start as he prepares for his second big league season. Last spring, the 27-year-old suffered an oblique injury that kept him out all the way until June, so staying healthy will be a major key in his start against the Diamondbacks. Assuming Anderson remains injury-free throughout this month, he'll have a solid chance at locking down a spot in Colorado's starting rotation to begin the year.
Anderson seems to be a lock for a rotation spot heading into 2017, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. At this time last year, the left-hander was rehabbing an elbow injury and was expected to get more seasoning against hitters at Double-A and Triple-A, but after a strong 2016 campaign in the big leagues, he officially gained the organization's trust with a major league roster spot. Anderson is especially intriguing heading into the 2017 season given his excellent numbers at Coors Field (3.00 ERA, 68:18 K:BB ratio). If he can improve his performance on the road, the 2011 first-rounder could put together a stealthily solid stat line.
Anderson will not start as scheduled Saturday due to soreness, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports. It's not clear what exactly Anderson is being bothered by, but it will prevent him from taking the mound Saturday, and likely end his season. Jeff Hoffman will get the start in Anderson's place.
Anderson took a no-decision after allowing two runs on 10 hits and two walks with one strikeout in 6.1 innings during Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers. Anderson notched his second straight quality start, but it wasn't pretty as he allowed double-digit hits for the first time in his career. He's now allowed 27 hits in 17.2 innings over his last three starts and appears to be fading a bit as he approaches the end of his rookie year. After going winless in four September starts, the 26-year-old southpaw will look to close out the season on a high note against the Brewers on Saturday at Coors Field, where he has a 3.00 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 3.78 K/BB in 12 starts this year.
Anderson (5-6) allowed five runs (but just two earned) on eight hits despite seven strikeouts in a loss Monday to the Cardinals. Anderson struck out at least seven batters for the fifth time in 18 starts and induced 13 swinging strikes as he continues to show nasty stuff in his rookie season. He owns a brilliant 98:26 K:BB in 108 innings to support a 3.58 ERA. Anderson is starting to look like one of the brightest young pitching prospects the Rockies have graduated in a long time.