Anderson struck out two over three perfect innings in Tuesday's split-squad game against the Orioles.
Facing what could well be Baltimore's Opening Day lineup, the 21-year-old right-hander was dominant in his first Grapefruit League start, fanning Chris Davis and Dwight Smith along the way. Anderson has a 1.59 ERA and 6:2 K:BB through 5.2 innings this spring, and while he's set to begin the season at Triple-A Gwinnett, a fast start could put Atlanta's No. 5 fantasy prospect in the team's rotation plans over the summer.
Anderson will join the Braves' big-league camp this spring.
Anderson has only made five starts at the Triple-A level and may therefore not push for an Opening Day rotation spot, but his debut will likely come at some point his year. He struggled to a 6.57 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Gwinnett in 2019, yet he recorded a strong 2.68 ERA in 21 starts for Double-A Mississippi earlier in the year.
The Braves promoted Anderson from Double-A Mississippi to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The Braves are teeming with impressive young arms in the upper levels of their minor-league system, and Anderson may be the most impressive of the lot. He experienced little resistance from Southern League competition during his time with Mississippi, logging a 2.68 ERA and striking out 147 across 111 innings. The 21-year-old will face a much stiffer test while making the jump to Triple-A, where offensive production has been on the rise this season thanks in part the incorporation of the same baseball being used in the big leagues. If Anderson acquits himself well in the heightened offensive environment, he could earn a callup to Atlanta in September, though a bullpen role would likely await him in that scenario.
Anderson gave up two runs on six hits and a walk over six innings while striking out nine for Double-A Mississippi on Tuesday.
It's the seventh time in his last 12 outings Anderson has fanned at least nine batters. The 21-year-old has a 2.07 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and eye-popping 95:19 K:BB over 69.2 innings during that stretch, and Atlanta's No. 3 fantasy prospect seems more than ready for a promotion to Triple-A.
Anderson walked two batters and hit another while striking out 14 over seven scoreless, no-hit innings for Double-A Mississippi on Friday.
The 14 whiffs were a career high for the 21-year-old, while Mississippi's bullpen was able to complete the no-no after Anderson exited. His 2.94 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 11.9 K/9 through 85.2 innings are all strong, although his 4.5 BB/9 still needs work. Anderson remains on track to start knocking on the door of a big-league rotation spot sometime in 2020.
Anderson gave up one run on five hits and three walks over five innings while striking out nine for Double-A Mississippi on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old now leads the Southern League in strikeouts with 86 after fanning at least seven batters in four straight starts and six of his last nine. Anderson's 3.02 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 5.0 BB/9 through 65.2 innings highlight that he's far from a finished product, but Atlanta's No. 4 fantasy prospect is still on pace to potentially make his big-league debut in 2020 if he keeps racking up K's.
Anderson gave up two hits and two walks over six scoreless innings while striking out eight for Double-A Mississippi on Sunday.
In his best performance so far this season, Anderson picked up his first win and shaved more than a full run off his ERA. Control has been an issue for the right-hander in the early going, but he's still showing plenty of dominance, posting a 26:15 K:BB through 23 innings with a 3.52 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Atlanta's No. 4 fantasy prospect only turns 21 on Thursday, and the club has little reason to rush him up the ladder. Expect Anderson to continue honing his craft in the Southern League, potentially getting bumped up to Triple-A Gwinnett in the second half if he starts putting everything together on a consistent basis.
Anderson picked up his first win with Double-A Mississippi on Sunday, allowing three hits and a walk over 6.2 scoreless innings while striking out nine in a 2-0 victory over Biloxi.
The 20-year-old needed a couple of starts to adjust to his new level of competition after a promotion earlier in the month, but Anderson now seems back to his usual dominant ways. While his 132:47 K:BB through 113 innings between High-A and Double-A is impressive, the most noteworthy stat from his 2018 campaign might be that he's only served up two homers -- in fact, dating back to Rookie ball, Anderson's only been taken deep three times in 235 innings during his entire minor-league career. Unless he struggles upon reaching Triple-A next year, he seems on pace to make his debut in the majors some time in 2019.
Anderson was promoted to Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday.
He had a 1.61 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 56 innings over his last 10 starts at High-A Florida, so the promotion was well earned. At 20 years old, Anderson will be the youngest pitcher in the Southern League. He will make his Double-A debut Sunday.
Anderson covered 7.2 hitless innings and issued one walk while striking out five Wednesday in his start for High-A Florida.
After reaching 100 pitches midway through the eighth inning, Anderson wasn't given a chance to complete the no-hit bid, which was lost in the 11th inning. Anderson nonetheless worked deeper into the contest than in any of his previous 48 career starts as a professional, all while facing only two more hitters than the minimum. The 20-year-old right-hander has allowed two runs or less in 15 of his 19 starts with Florida this season, netting him a 2.57 ERA across 94.2 innings.
Anderson (2-5) picked up the win in impressive fashion for High-A Florida in Monday's 3-2 victory over Jupiter, scattering three hits and a walk over six scoreless innings while striking out 11.
The 11 whiffs tied his career high to date in the minors, continuing a run of dominance for the Braves' No. 7 fantasy prospect that extends back to the beginning of May. Anderson now has a 2.25 ERA and 69:22 K:BB over his last 11 starts and 56 innings while giving up only one home run, and while Atlanta has no reason to rush the 20-year-old up the ladder, he could force his way into a late-season promotion to Double-A if he keeps bossing around Florida State League hitters.
Anderson didn't factor into the decision for High-A Florida in Sunday's loss to Tampa, tossing seven scoreless innings and scattering two hits and a walk while striking out seven.
The right-hander's 3.81 ERA through six starts suggests he's had a bit of trouble adjusting to the Florida State League, but Anderson's 31:12 K:BB in 26 innings has been outstanding and he's put together a 12-inning scoreless streak over his last two outings. The Braves' No. 11 fantasy prospect can get lost in the shuffle in a deep system, but he still profiles as a future workhorse in the majors given his athleticism and strong three-pitch arsenal.
Anderson will begin the season with High-A Florida, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.
The Braves' No. 7 fantasy prospect is still only 19 years old, and while Anderson's control remains a work in progress, his 101 strikeouts and zero home runs allowed in 83 innings at Low-A Rome last year were extremely impressive. The right-hander remains on track for a potential 2020 big-league debut.
Anderson, 19, has a 3.29 ERA and 99:42 K:BB in 79.1 innings for Low-A Rome.
Anderson has not pitched more than four innings in an outing since the middle of June, but that has not taken away from his effectiveness. The 6-foot-3 righty has yet to allow a home run this season, and opposing batters are hitting just .234 against him. Anderson's control could use a little work, but overall the Braves will be pleased with his development as a teenager in A-ball.
Anderson, 19, has a 3.72 ERA and 83:34 K:BB through 65.1 innings for Low-A Rome.
Anderson has been terrific of late, allowing just one earned run in his last three outings. He is still struggling with his control, though, as he has issued eight walks over that span. However, Anderson's age and massive strikeout potential means he will be a highly coveted hurler among the prospect ranks, even if he won't see the big leagues for a few years.
Anderson struck out 11 batters over six scoreless innings Thursday, allowing just one hit and one walk, in Low-A Rome's win over Augusta.
The 19-year-old had hit a bit of a rough patch recently, giving up 13 runs in 16.1 innings over his previous four starts, but Anderson returned to dominant form in this one. The Braves' No. 5 prospect now has a 13.0 K/9 and has yet to allow a home run this year in his first exposure to full-season ball, and while his control remains a work in progress (4.8 BB/9) he has as much upside as any arm in Atlanta's stacked system.
Anderson, 19, has a 3.21 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 37:17 K:BB in 28 innings with Low-A Rome.
He has touched 97 mph in starts, and has showcased perhaps more upside in the early going than many expected when the Braves took him at No. 3 overall with an under-slot deal last June. Anderson has issued seven walks in his last 9.1 innings (two starts), so his control obviously needs some work, but his clear ability to miss bats at an elite clip has upped his stock in dynasty leagues.
Anderson notched eight strikeouts over 4.2 innings in his debut for Low-A Rome. He gave up one run on two hits and three walks against West Virginia.
This was Anderson's first start above rookie ball and he handled himself quite well. Obviously he walked too many batters, but the swing-and-miss potential was on full display. Anderson was tabbed as a safety-over-upside pick when the Braves saved some money by taking him with the third overall pick last year, but his 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame also allows one to dream a little on his stuff taking a jump up. There may be more long-term upside here than most originally expected.