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August 9, 2020 06:32 AM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Secures one-out save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson faced one batter and induced a flyout to earn the save in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

Tampa Bay held a 5-1 lead entering the final frame, but New York rallied for two runs, prompting Anderson to be called upon to face Aaron Judge with a runner on second base. It was the right-hander's second save of the season, both of which occurred with him entering with at least one runner on base and the tying run at the plate. Anderson is clearly one of manager Kevin Cash's most trusted relievers, but early on in 2020 that's meant he's been utilized in the most important situations, not necessarily as the closer. The 30-year-old should still record some saves along the way as he has thus far while firing 4.1 scoreless innings, but it won't be with the consistency of a traditional closer.

August 4, 2020 11:20 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Nabs first save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson struck out both the batters he faced and did not allow a baserunner to earn the save Tuesday against the Red Sox.

The Rays led comfortably from the fifth inning on, with their bullpen hardly running into trouble until the final frame. In the ninth inning, Anderson was called upon with the bases loaded and a 5-1 lead. He responded by striking out both of the batters he faced to earn his first save of the campaign. It appeared early on this season that the Rays preferred to use Anderson in the highest-leverage situations -- not necessarily as the closer -- but even if that remains the case, he should run into a number of save opportunities throughout the season. His ability to rack up strikeouts and produce solid ratios are also useful, as he has yet to allow an earned run while also letting only two runners reach base through 3.1 innings.

July 26, 2020 10:24 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Nabs win in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (1-0) fired 1.1 scoreless innings to earn the win in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jays, allowing one hit and no walks.

A modest total of 14 pitches, 11 which got into the strike zone, is all it took for Anderson to record four outs and preserve a 1-1 tie. The 30-year-old inherited a high-leverage situation when he came on with two on and two out in the seventh, but he induced an inning-ending popup from Lourdes Gurriel to strand Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio. Anderson could certainly be in line for closing opportunities at times this season, but his above-average stuff and control also make him a natural fit for a role akin to the one he filled Saturday.

July 20, 2020 02:52 AM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Fans two in final frame
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson struck out two of the three batters he faced in the final half-inning of Sunday's intrasquad game, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

He looked strong and pitched as the team's closer in the informal scrimmage. The Rays are not naming a closer, and they will likely give multiple relievers save chances this season, but there is a decent chance Anderson leads the team in saves.

July 9, 2020 08:52 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Rays not naming their closer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rays are specifically not naming Anderson (or anyone else) the closer, John Romano of The Tampa Bay Times reports. "We've tried to stay away from naming specific roles because we think it's a benefit to our club to be able to be versatile and prioritize matchups," manager Kevin Cash said. "But there's no way you can doubt the value of how challenging getting the last three outs of the game is."

The Rays had 11 pitchers record saves last year, but Anderson wasn't one of them. Yet following the Emilio Pagan trade, he's the favorite to inherit at least the majority part of the role, but given the Rays' approach to the role, perhaps a little caution is advised, despite his excellent skills.

June 23, 2020 01:36 AM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Completes long-toss session
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Anderson was able to get long-toss work in at Tropicana Field on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Anderson was joined by bullpen mates such as Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo at the Trop for some informal, small-group workouts. The hard-throwing right-hander had high expectations for the 2020 season in spring training; however, with what appears to be a modest 60-game campaign realistically on the horizon as of late Monday night, Anderson may share closing duties frequently with Alvarado and perhaps even Castillo depending on how manager Kevin Cash opts to manage his relievers under the unique circumstances.

March 23, 2020 02:40 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Likely top closer entering season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson was "in line to get the bulk of the save opportunities" for the Rays this season before spring training was suspended, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

It's worth noting that the above quote is an observation from Topkin and not a comment from manager Kevin Cash, but the report is probably the clearest indication we'll get that Anderson is the top Rays reliever to own for fantasy purposes. Cash's tendency to play matchups in the ninth inning means that the likes of Diego Castillo and Jose Alvarado could still scoop the occasional save chance, though Anderson's presumed status as Option 1A for closing situations should help alleviate some of the reservations fantasy managers may have had in investing in him. Anderson didn't record a save after coming over from Miami in a July 31 trade last season, but he was arguably the majors' best reliever over the final two months, posting a ridiculous 45.5 K-BB% and 2.11 ERA in 21.1 innings with the Rays.

March 10, 2020 04:04 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Cruising through spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson, who's projected to have a part in closing duties this season, has fired four scoreless, one-hit innings across four appearances in Grapefruit League play.

The right-hander saw his path to closing opportunities open when Emilio Pagan was traded to the Padres, and his performance during the first half of spring training has only reinforced the notion that he's up to the task of high-leverage work. Anderson boasts a high-90s fastball that dovetails nicely with ninth-inning duties, and his elite 110:18 K:BB across 65 innings with the Rays and Marlins last season underscores the excellent control he also brings to the table.

February 11, 2020 11:32 AM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Moves up in bullpen hierarchy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson will be an option to close after the Rays traded Emilio Pagan to San Diego last weekend, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Anderson reached a new level after joining Tampa Bay from Miami at last year's deadline, posting a 2.11 ERA and 41:2 K:BB in 21.1 innings. He was a fairly popular speculative pick in fantasy even before the Pagan trade, and his price will likely soar from here, though it's important to keep in mind the team's tendency to mix and match in the late innings -- 11 players earned saves for the Rays last year, with six earning multiple saves. Diego Castillo, Chaz Roe, Oliver Drake, Colin Poche, Jose Alvarado and Peter Fairbanks will all be in the mix as well.

September 8, 2019 11:28 AM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Nabs third win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (3-0) was credited with the win in a victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday, firing a scoreless eighth inning during which he allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout.

Anderson continues to mow through the opposition at a highly efficient clip, with Saturday's 17-pitch effort the latest evidence of such. The right-hander got 14 of those offerings into the strike zone while serving as the setup man behind Oliver Drake, who subsequently recorded his second save. The 29-year-old Anderson has three consecutive scoreless outings and has already amassed five holds along with his three victories since his trade-deadline acquisition from the Marlins.

September 4, 2019 01:52 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Emerging as relief ace
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson struck out all four batters he faced en route to collecting his 12th hold of the season Tuesday in the Rays' 2-0 win over the Orioles in the second game of a doubleheader.

The Orioles hitters couldn't touch Anderson, who induced swings and misses on seven of his 14 strikes in the 18-pitch appearance. The right-hander has quietly been one of the more valuable trade-deadline additions for any team this season, allowing just one run while posting a 0.38 WHIP and 26:0 K:BB in 13 innings with the Rays. Anderson doesn't look like a threat to unseat Emilio Pagan as closer, but the elite ratios he provides can still make him an asset in mixed leagues even if he's not in the mix for saves.

August 14, 2019 01:00 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Continues dominance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (2-0) notched a win over the Padres on Tuesday, firing a perfect sixth inning during which he struck out the side.

The trade-deadline acquisition turned in another brilliant effort, needing just 15 pitches, 12 of which found the strike zone, to get his three outs. Anderson has allowed all of one hit across six scoreless innings over six appearances since arriving from the Marlins on July 31, generating a 14:0 K:BB along the way. While there's no shortage of closing candidates in Tampa with Emilio Pagan and Jose Alvarado now both healthy and available, Anderson is certainly looking like an elite backup option in that regard with his body of work thus far.

August 4, 2019 12:40 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Notches win against old club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (1-0) was credited with the win in a victory over the Marlins on Saturday, firing a perfect eighth inning in which he recorded two strikeouts.

The right-handed trade-deadline acquisition breezed through his one frame in just seven pitches, a testament to how locked in he was against his former teammates. Anderson was also impressive in his Rays debut on Thursday against the Red Sox, allowing a hit and ringing up another pair of whiffs over one inning as well. He's been utilized in an eighth-inning role on both occasions, which should be the norm for him for the time being.

July 31, 2019 09:20 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Acquired by Rays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson was traded from Miami to Tampa Bay along with Trevor Richards in exchange for Jesus Sanchez and Ryne Stanek on Wednesday, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reports.

Anderson was expected to be in the mix for saves in Miami but may find it tougher to get those opportunities in Tampa. He's a quality arm for the Rays, though, striking out 37.1 percent of opposing hitters on the way to a 3.92 ERA as a 29-year-old rookie. It remains to be seen what exactly his role will be for his new club.

July 29, 2019 09:44 AM
Marlins' Nick Anderson: In closer mix
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Anderson could be part of the Marlins' closer mix following the Sergio Romo trade, Joe Frisaro of reports.

The right-hander has the best combination of stuff and performance of any remaining Miami reliever, but that might actually work against him seeing consistent save opportunities, as manager Don Mattingly seems inclined to use him in the toughest spots and not necessarily the ninth inning. "I think [Anderson] has probably been the guy with the most dominant stuff out of the 'pen," Mattingly said. "I'd still like to be able to use Andy in leverage with the best part of [opponents'] order and lineup. That may be the ninth, that may be the eighth. So, we'll use him accordingly, and just try to figure out the next part of that." There's also the possibility Anderson gets dealt himself, as no one in the Marlins' bullpen seems untouchable. On the season, he has a 3.95 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 68:16 K:BB through 43.1 innings with two wins, a save and seven holds in 44 appearances.

July 25, 2019 10:52 AM
Marlins' Nick Anderson: Racks up seventh hold
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson gave up a hit in a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday to record his seventh hold of the season in a win over the White Sox.

The flame-throwing rookie has overcome the control issues that plagued him earlier in the year -- since the beginning of June, Anderson has a 2.75 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 26:2 K:BB through 19.2 innings. He's the likeliest option to take over the closer role for Miami should Sergio Romo get flipped at the trade deadline.

June 23, 2019 05:44 PM
Marlins' Nick Anderson: Registers first save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson allowed a run but posted his first save of the season with a strikeout during the ninth inning of a 6-4 victory against the Phillies on Sunday.

Marlins closer Sergio Romo didn't pitch Saturday, but he did throw four days in a row prior to that, so with a three-run lead, the Marlins elected to use Anderson in the ninth. He yielded a run but avoided any further damage for his first save. He is 2-3 with a 4.88 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 31.1 innings this season.

May 25, 2019 10:12 PM
Marlins' Nick Anderson: Tagged with second loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (1-2) was saddled with the loss Friday against the Nationals, getting charged with two runs after walking two batters and striking out one in an inning of relief.

He replaced Adam Conley in the seventh and induced an inning-ending double play and then fanned Trea Turner to begin the eighth, but Anderson got the hook after walking the next two batters and had to watch them trot home after Juan Soto turned around a 100-mph fastball from Tayron Guerrero for a three-run homer. Anderson has been feast or famine since emerging as another high-octane relief option for the Marlins -- eight of his last 11 appearances have been scoreless ones, but he's been tagged with 10 runs in the other three, leaving him with a 5.57 ERA despite an impressive 39:10 K:BB over 21 innings this year.

May 5, 2019 09:32 AM
Marlins' Nick Anderson: Picks up loss in brutal appearance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson was charged with the loss after serving up five runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two over 1.2 innings in relief Saturday against the Braves.

With a 2.08 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 52.9 K% coming into the weekend, Anderson had come out of nowhere to emerge as a top-flight middle reliever during the early portion of the season. He displayed few signs of dominance Saturday, however, with Ozzie Albies' grand slam representing the brunt of the damage done against the ace setup man. One brutal outing won't completely undo the good work Anderson previously provided, but it may prompt fantasy managers to proceed more cautiously about locking him into weekly lineups moving forward.

April 20, 2019 01:36 PM
Marlins' Nick Anderson: Picks up first hold
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson struck out the side but gave up a solo home run in an inning of relief Friday to record his first hold of the season.

Brian Dozier ripped a first-pitch fastball down the left-field line to make it a 3-2 game, but otherwise Anderson remained dominant. The right-hander has worked his way into the late-inning mix for Miami with a 2.79 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and an eye-popping 20:2 K:BB through 9.2 innings, but Friday's homer was the second he's given up, continuing an issue that impacted his Triple-A campaign last year (1.2 HR/9). He remains an intriguing saves stash given the unsettled nature of the Marlins' bullpen, but for now Anderson's fantasy value is restricted to formats in which high-K relievers are worth roster spots.

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