Drew Anderson

Position: RHP
Born: 03/22/94
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 185
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (PHI).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
7-4 with a 3.76 ERA in 19 starts at Reading (Double-A), striking out 78 and walking 33 in 95 2/3 innings while giving up 76 hits for a .217 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Reading on August 1, when RHP Joaquin Benoit was traded to the Pirates.
MLB Debut Date: 08/01/17

Debut Details
August 1, in an 8-1 loss to the Angels. The last of three pitchers, he allowed two runs, one of them earned, on two hits, striking out one. Of 22 pitches thrown, 13 were for strikes. Coming on to start the eighth in relief of right-handed reliever Mark Leiter, Jr., he got Martin Maldonado to fly out to center before Cliff Pennington singled to center and Kaleb Cowart singled to right. After Pennington and Cowart executed a double steal of third and second, a throwing error by catcher Andrew Knapp allowed both to advance again with Pennington scoring. Shane Robinson then hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Cowart before Anderson ended his night by striking out Mike Trout on a foul tip.

Player Notes
Anderson, who was originally drafted out of Galena H.S. (Reno, Nev.), was a one-and-done for now, filling the vacant roster space created by the trade of RHP Joaquin Benoit for one day before the Phillies brought up the slightly more seasoned reliever RHP Edubray Ramos the next day. But Anderson's Nevada-based family was able to make the eight-hour drive to Anaheim and see himmake his debut. Anderson missed the end of 2014, all of 2015, and the first part of 2016 following Tommy John surgery, but his 2016 numbers upon his return showed that he was back at full strength as he combined between Lakewood (Class A) and Clearwater (High A) to go 3-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 15 starts, striking out 78 in 70 innings while walking just 22 and allowing 55 hits for a .218 BAA. With an impressive short stint at Williamsport (Short-Season A) in 2013 where he posted a 2.00 ERA in 15 starts and limited batters to a .214 BAA and just eight games in his pro debut in 2012, he;s on track to make 2017 his first full season of baseball, making his chance to debut in front of his family and strike out Mike Trout even more impressive. When healthy, he has an explosive fastball that can touch the high 90s, a curveball, and a slider and changeup that are still works in progress. He got off to a tough start in 2017, posting an 8.59 ERA in his first four starts before making some mechanical adjustments and hitting his stride, including flirting with a no-hitter in May. He's posted a combined 3.15 ERA and a .230 BAA over his career.