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Jeremy Nygaard
03-09-2013, 09:43 AM
Minnesota's Mr. Baseball in 2010 (Tom Windle was a finalist) left home to play baseball at Jacksonville U. After being a two-way player as a freshman, Anderson moved into the rotation as a sophomore. Now in his junior year, Anderson has really taken off.

Despite only ranking as the preseason #7 Draft Prospect in the Atlantic Sun by Baseball America, Anderson probably has more early season helium than any other pitcher in the nation. While I'm not ready to put in him the discussion at #4, there is a buzz around him, both here at TwinsDaily and nationally. Anderson has put himself in the first-round discussion though and, being a local product, that is deserving of his own thread.

Personally, I consider Windle and Anderson to be on about the same tier. I think Anderson has some projection left, so he may climb. Windle is left-handed, so he has that going for him. Both should be in the discussion for the Twins 2nd round pick (as of today) if they're available.

3/24 EDIT: Anderson has helium and is in the top-half of the first round discussion. I'm guessing the Twins will send a few scouts to the JU/FGCU game on 5/3, though I know they've seen him already.

2/15 vs Radford - 7 IP, H, BB, 13 K, 2 HBP. 83 pitches/55 strikes. (No decision.)
2/22 vs Richmond - 7 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 119/81. (Loss, 0-1.)
3/1 vs TCU - 9 IP, 7 H, 3 R, ER, BB, 13 K, 138/91. (Win, 1-1.)
3/8 vs UCF - 8 IP, 4 H, BB, 10 K, HBP, 108/74. (Win, 2-1.)
3/15 vs ECU - 7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, WP, 112/69. (Win, 3-1)
3/22 vs USC Upstate - 8.1 IP, 8 H, BB, 10 K, WP, 9:6 FO:GO. (Win, 4-1)
3/28 vs Mercer - 6 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 10 K, 3:4 FO:GO. (Loss, 4-2)
4/5 vs Stetson - 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, ER, BB, 5 K, WP, HBP. (Win, 5-2)
4.12 vs Kennesaw St - 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, WP. (Loss, 5-3)


*This post will be updated throughout the season. Please link game stories or other related Anderson-themed posts below.

lightfoot789
03-09-2013, 10:17 AM
Baseball America had Chris Anderson's weekend game against UCF as the #1 Marquee Mound Showdown in the country yesterday. Chris pitched against another Top Prospect in Ben Lively (LHP).

BaseballAmerica.com: College: Weekend Preview: March 8-10 (http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/college/weekend-preview/2013/2614828.html#Mound)

Chris is moving up like Kyle Zimmer did in last years draft. Zimmer became an eventual #5 pick in the first round by the Royals. Start counting him out - right now - as that second round option. He won't be there. I'd rather have a home town kid who probably always wanted to be a Twin, as opposed to an Appel who has shown to be money oriented and might jet for the west coast (free agency) as soon as his opportunity presents itself. Chris is our next Joe Mauer and has that Roger Clemens will to win on the mound. Not rushing to judgement with first round pick yet, but keep him in your radar............................................. .... maybeeee...........

Jeremy Nygaard
03-09-2013, 10:47 AM
Baseball America had Chris Anderson's weekend game against UCF as the #1 Marquee Mound Showdown in the country yesterday. Chris pitched against another Top Prospect in Ben Lively (LHP).

BaseballAmerica.com: College: Weekend Preview: March 8-10 (http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/college/weekend-preview/2013/2614828.html#Mound)

Chris is moving up like Kyle Zimmer did in last years draft. Zimmer became an eventual #5 pick in the first round by the Royals. Start counting him out - right now - as that second round option. He won't be there. I'd rather have a home town kid who probably always wanted to be a Twin, as opposed to an Appel who has shown to be money oriented and might jet for the west coast (free agency) as soon as his opportunity presents itself. Chris is our next Joe Mauer and has that Roger Clemens will to win on the mound. Not rushing to judgement with first round pick yet, but keep him in your radar............................................. .... maybeeee...........

Believe me, Anderson's been on my radar for a long time. And I hear most of what you're saying. I'm going to slightly disagree on a couple of points.

1) Kyle Zimmer wasn't completely off the draft radar before his junior season. BA had him as the 15th rated college player in last year's Prospect Handbook. A better comp would be Chris Stratton (who went 20th to the Giants), who wasn't as highly regarded before the season (both Stratton last year and Anderson this year missed the Top 100 College Prospects). Stratton needed to dominate the SEC (and LSU) to make the jump he did. The comp in that article is Matt Garza (who the Twins took 25th). I wouldn't put Anderson at that level yet. Could he continue to rise? Absolutely.

2) I'm hoping putting him in the same sentence as Joe Mauer and Roger Clemens was a joke.

I like Anderson, I do. And he's on my radar, he was on my Draft Board 1.0 (http://twinsdaily.com/1381-draft-board-v-1-0-2-17.html). I'm just not ready to hand him $4.5m (or call him a sure-fire first-rounder) after a phenomenal start to his junior season coming off a not-so-good (actually really bad) Cape Cod (http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/player.html?playerid=318618) performance (and the Twins love Cape success). He'd be good value for the Twins in the 2nd round today.

lightfoot789
03-09-2013, 03:45 PM
As you use Garza as a Comp - Also know that Anderson's pitching coach was also Matt Garza's pitchig coach in college as well (Tim Montez). I looked up Montez and he also coached Cliff Lee - Doug Fister - Barry Zito - Russ Ortiz (retired) and current Twin minor leaguer Matt Tomshaw. There is something to say about each of these guys - They ALL know how to pitch and don't soley rely on thier velocity and arms. They all have multiple pitches in their arsonel.

And you should know, that being rated 15th as a college prospect doesn't guarentee you first round money. With so many H.S. players being drafted in the 1st round - 15th could mean being drafted 35th or higher for a college player. Chris Beck was rated extremely high after Cape and dropped big time. Zimmer actually moved way up in terms of his college prospect ranking and was drafted as the 3rd college player selected. I'm not ready to sell our 5th pick either, but I'm getting awfully tempted based on his pitching coach's track record and Mr. Anderson's (Matrix Like) performances.

diehardtwinsfan
03-09-2013, 06:18 PM
If he keeps it up, he certainly won't be there in the second round. That said, if the Twins are sold on him, I could see this as an opportunity to see if he will split the difference on slot between where he's drafted and number 4. If he did that, the Twins could go out and grab another tough sign similar to what Houston did. Not a bad option. He's likely starting A+/AA and would not be that far from the bigs.

lightfoot789
03-09-2013, 06:27 PM
If he keeps it up, he certainly won't be there in the second round. That said, if the Twins are sold on him, I could see this as an opportunity to see if he will split the difference on slot between where he's drafted and number 4. If he did that, the Twins could go out and grab another tough sign similar to what Houston did. Not a bad option. He's likely starting A+/AA and would not be that far from the bigs.

I agree with your assessment [2 for 1 philosophy this year] - If he continues on same path?

Jeremy Nygaard
03-09-2013, 07:16 PM
There would be a definite savings if he went that high, though in my conversation with Sean Johnson he told me that the Twins would be less likely to do that because you could end up saving money without necessarily getting the guys you were saving for. They'll have a number of strategies in mind, who knows what they'll do.

Thrylos
03-09-2013, 07:21 PM
If he keeps it up, he certainly won't be there in the second round. .

Really? Keep what up? Have you checked his numbers in college? If not, they are here (http://thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=chris-anderson-7).
4.50 ERA, 88 IP, 40 BB, 69 K, 1.5 WHIP

in College. For me these are like 10th-15th round numbers. Maybe.

He is from Minnesota, whatever. Are you all glad that the Twins picked the kid from Puerto Rico (Berrios (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=berrio000jos)) over Rochester, MN's own Mitch Brown (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=brown-000mit) last season? I am.

Jeremy Nygaard
03-09-2013, 07:55 PM
Really? Keep what up? Have you checked his numbers in college? If not, they are here (http://thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=chris-anderson-7).
4.50 ERA, 88 IP, 40 BB, 69 K, 1.5 WHIP

in College. For me these are like 10th-15th round numbers. Maybe.

He is from Minnesota, whatever. Are you all glad that the Twins picked the kid from Puerto Rico (Berrios (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=berrio000jos)) over Rochester, MN's own Mitch Brown (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=brown-000mit) last season? I am.

The hype is over what he's done in 2013. Obviously he wasn't great before or he'd have been in the first round discussion already.

nicksaviking
03-09-2013, 08:21 PM
If the Twins picked a local kid to get a break on the slot recomendation they would be rightfully lynched.

righty8383
03-09-2013, 10:59 PM
Are you all glad that the Twins picked the kid from Puerto Rico (Berrios (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=berrio000jos)) over Rochester, MN's own Mitch Brown (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=brown-000mit) last season? I am.

No, but I wish they had taken Brown over Bard.

Seth Stohs
03-10-2013, 12:05 AM
Really? Keep what up? Have you checked his numbers in college? If not, they are here (http://thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=chris-anderson-7).
4.50 ERA, 88 IP, 40 BB, 69 K, 1.5 WHIP

in College. For me these are like 10th-15th round numbers. Maybe.

He is from Minnesota, whatever. Are you all glad that the Twins picked the kid from Puerto Rico (Berrios (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=berrio000jos)) over Rochester, MN's own Mitch Brown (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=brown-000mit) last season? I am.

Strange response...
1.) Who cares about his overall numbers. Scouts certainly aren't looking at those very much. How about 5 walks and 45 strikeouts in 31 innings this year? Shows a pretty good trajectory.
2.) The Twins aren't going to take anyone just because they're local. If it makes sense, they do. They took Mauer because they believed he was the best player in the 2001 draft. The took Glen Perkins in 2004 because they felt he was the best available at that pick (around 22, I believe). They didn't take Mitch Brown last year. No one is suggesting they take him because he's from Minnesota, especially not at 4.

Seth Stohs
03-10-2013, 12:06 AM
No, but I wish they had taken Brown over Bard.

Of course, that's subject to change after Bard gets healthy and starts the 2013 season. Just like Brown may become a better pitcher long-term than Berrios. Won't really know for another 6-8 years.

lightfoot789
03-10-2013, 12:17 AM
thrylos98;89276 - Really? Keep what up? Have you checked his numbers in college?
If not, they are here (http://thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=chris-anderson-7). 4.50 ERA, 88 IP, 40 BB, 69 K, 1.5 WHIP in College.
For me these are like 10th-15th round numbers. Maybe.

These are Appel's numbers his first 3 seasons at Stanford -
If your talking soley numbers - They don't scream 1st pick in the draft?
2-1, 5.92ERA, 38.0 IP, 26K, 19 BB, .295 opp/avg Freshman
6-7, 3.02ERA, 110.1 IP, 86 K, 29BB, .277 opp/avg Sophomore
10-2, 2.56 ERA, 123.0 IP, 130 K, 30 BB, .213 opp/avg Junior

Anderson's Freshmen and Junior year numbers:
4-2, 3.91 ERA, 50.2 IP, 39 K, 34 BB, .217 opp/avg Freshman (All American as well)
Bad Sophomore season statistically on a terrible team and as an everyday player (DH / 1B)
2-1, 0.87 ERA, 31.0 IP, 4 5 K, 5 BB, .139 opp/avg Junior (thru 4 games)

Projectability and Pitchability - Bottom Line when it comes to Drafting Pitchers -
He has it. Already drafted once out of high school.

diehardtwinsfan
03-10-2013, 07:29 PM
Really? Keep what up? Have you checked his numbers in college? If not, they are here (http://thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=chris-anderson-7).
4.50 ERA, 88 IP, 40 BB, 69 K, 1.5 WHIP

in College. For me these are like 10th-15th round numbers. Maybe.

He is from Minnesota, whatever. Are you all glad that the Twins picked the kid from Puerto Rico (Berrios (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=berrio000jos)) over Rochester, MN's own Mitch Brown (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=brown-000mit) last season? I am.

My apologies as I thought it was clear that I was referring to his current season. The key for any college pitcher is progression, which thus far, Anderson is doing. Now perhaps you are right and he's going to regress to the mean a bit. If that's the case, I don't think we'd be having this conversation. My point, though is this. If Anderson continues, he might not get good enough to go 4 over all, but he won't be there for pick number 2. The Twins, if they believe in him, could throw a much lower than slot value at him to save 2 mil and go after a tough highschool sign much later in the draft, much like Houston did last year. I get that it isn't a perfect strategy, but in so doing, they turned the number 4 overall pick into 2 very good prospects instead of 1.

Jeremy Nygaard
03-10-2013, 08:02 PM
If the draft were held today, Keith Law projected on Twitter, Anderson would go in the 20ish range (similar to Stratton and Garza, who I compared him to).

With that being said, you can add him to the category that Boldt and Windle are in - probably won't be around for Round 2, but cross your fingers...

Pierre K.
03-10-2013, 11:05 PM
He's been very good at the D1 level earning All-America honors as a freshman. His sophomore season is very deceiving. He took hold of a starting role and pitched very well. His team (3 draft picks) was an early pick to make it again to regionals and win one. Well the team couldn't hit 'till the final month of the season, and with 100+ errors, the pitchers innings became slightly extended and the team bottomed out. This season, Chris is on a mission, and with the the expert guidance from one of the very best pitching coaches, it's all coming together at the right time, which is great because the 2013 team is already at 35+ errors. Pitching stats can be deceiving!!!!

Chris has progressed and excelled at every level and will become an outstanding pitcher in MLB, where-ever he ends up!

Jeremy Nygaard
03-18-2013, 04:05 PM
There were 237 people in attendance to see Anderson pick up his 3rd win (and the team's 6th) on Friday night. Game log updated above.

Anderson didn't have his best game statistically, only striking out 5. (He had averaged over a K/IP in each of his previous outings.) Anderson doesn't have a lot behind him, so he's going to rely on striking guys out - and as a result, throw more pitches. His 112 seems pretty tame after throwing nearly 140 two outings ago.

cmb0252
03-18-2013, 04:46 PM
I don't understand this whole take Anderson and save money later idea. Correa was ranked in the top 3-4 of most boards, some had him #1, while Anderson is in the 20s+ range. The two situations are totally different . Houston got top end talent while saving money. Outside of Anderson being from MN, widdle too, I don't understand why these guys have posts but no bryant or fraizer.

Jeremy Nygaard
03-18-2013, 04:57 PM
Anderson and Windle have posts because there had been a lot of discussion about them, mostly because they are local guys, yes. Partially, too, because they are pitchers and pitching once a week is easier to update than position guys.

Do Bryant and Frazier deserve threads based on the fact they could be top 4 picks? Probably. It's just not something I have the time to update after each game. I know you're big on Bryant and he's been a monster, feel free to start a thread.

cmb0252
03-18-2013, 05:12 PM
Oh, I thought you were the only one making the threads. Once I get internet outside my phone I don't mind making a few threads/editing them for the forum.

diehardtwinsfan
03-18-2013, 05:42 PM
I don't understand this whole take Anderson and save money later idea. Correa was ranked in the top 3-4 of most boards, some had him #1, while Anderson is in the 20s+ range. The two situations are totally different . Houston got top end talent while saving money. Outside of Anderson being from MN, widdle too, I don't understand why these guys have posts but no bryant or fraizer.

In this scenario, it has more to do with who gets drafted and what's left at number 4. I'd argue it depends on how many "elite" prospects this draft holds. If there's 4, then I doubt the Twins do this, but once the elite guys go, there isn't a ton separating the rest. If the Twins believe in Anderson, it may make more sense to take him, save the money, and use the rest to get a tough sign. The Twins would be in a better long term situation in that scenario.

Pierre K.
03-18-2013, 05:53 PM
And who knows, it's still early, maybe Anderson and/or Windle become "elite" and finish as top 5 prospect status. People up there presently still have to perform and remain injury free. People can drop, and people can rise. And....if i'm the Twins, i'm drafting quality arms at the top of the draft. That is their biggest need.

cmb0252
03-18-2013, 06:12 PM
[QUOTE=Pierre K.;90965]And who knows, it's still early, maybe Anderson and/or Windle become "elite" and finish as top 5 prospect status. People up there presently still have to perform and remain injury free. People can drop, and people can rise. And....if i'm the Twins, i'm drafting quality arms at the top of the draft. That is their biggest need.[/QUOTE

Windle and Anderson are great prospects but come on...top 5? That's a huge reach. Unless there is an ungodly amount of injuries or they magicly gain better "stuff" I just can't see it. I was born in MN like a lot of people here but that doesn't mean Jack when it comes to drafting. Take the best Guy there regardless of birth certificate or position.

Pierre K.
03-18-2013, 06:38 PM
So tell me, what's "Gain better stuff" ?

diehardtwinsfan
03-18-2013, 07:01 PM
I am not as certain about Windle, but with Anderson, it appears that the "stuff" is there, but issues such as control were not. If he continues to put up the numbers he's done thus far, he's going to climb.

Pierre K.
03-18-2013, 07:30 PM
My only point is that conference play is just going to start and many players will have an equal opportunity to elevate their worth, or the opposite. I saw Windle play against one of the elite, and he held his own just fine. I actually came away being more impressed with him than Manaea. Why? He knows how to pitch, and fields the position better. As for Anderson, his stuff is 92 to 94 and can touch 96/97 when he needs to. Has good command of 4 quality pitches. Lots of upside to him, as he has noticeably improved each season. As for top 5 for either of them, I can't honestly say they will even be first rounders. Just that anything is possible. I read from more than one source not long ago that Anderson was at best a 2nd to 5th rounder. Funny thing is, most sources have him now at picks 10 to 15 (1st rnd). What the teams think is ultimately what matters.

Jeremy Nygaard
03-18-2013, 08:16 PM
A month and a half ago, Baseball America ranked Chris Anderson as the 7th best draft prospect in the Atlantic Sun. In fact, I believe he was listed as a RHP/1B. Obviously since that point, he's done a lot of things that have helped him improve his draft stock.

I think the thing that makes the draft so much fun is that we don't know exactly what teams look at... long-term past success? recent success? signability? the list goes on and on...

From what I've gathered the Twins want to draft the state of Minnesota without making "favor picks". I can't say with 100% certainty, but I would be shocked if the Twins reached far in an effort to bank money. In talking to a Twins scout last month, he flat-out told me that the Twins would be more likely to take a guy with a high price tag and shave later than save early to spend later. His reasoning was simple, you don't know who's going to be around later. I also think - from a PR standpoint - it would be a hard sell to make a savings pick.

As the draft approaches, I fully anticipate the Twins will start talking about "five names" they've narrowed on; they'll be the top 5 talents and the Twins will take one. They know they need pitching and that's the route they'll go, unless their top hitter available is viewed to be "head and shoulders" (the exact words they used about Buxton) better than their next pitcher.

Jeremy Nygaard
03-18-2013, 08:19 PM
Oh, I thought you were the only one making the threads. Once I get internet outside my phone I don't mind making a few threads/editing them for the forum.

Nah, feel free... the more information the better. The only thing I would ask is that you use the same format for the heading.

Pierre K.
03-19-2013, 08:55 AM
Video of Chris -

Scout.com: Draft Video: Chris Anderson (http://sbb.scout.com/2/1274916.html)

lightfoot789
03-23-2013, 07:13 PM
Chris Anderson had another shut out performance (3-0) over Stetson Friday night. He lowered his era to 0.96 and has 60 strikeouts on the season thru 47 innings pitched. He also has allowed only 8 BBs and holding opponents to .177 BA. He nearly has twice a many strikeouts to hits allowed (60 / 31). Top 5 nationally in Ks.

Pierre K.
03-24-2013, 12:11 AM
And Tom Windle has been on fire as well. Go Minnesota!!!

lightfoot789
03-24-2013, 05:04 PM
[QUOTE=Pierre K.;90965]And who knows, it's still early, maybe Anderson and/or Windle become "elite" and finish as top 5 prospect status. People up there presently still have to perform and remain injury free. People can drop, and people can rise. And....if i'm the Twins, i'm drafting quality arms at the top of the draft. That is their biggest need.[/QUOTE

Windle and Anderson are great prospects but come on...top 5? That's a huge reach. Unless there is an ungodly amount of injuries or they magicly gain better "stuff" I just can't see it. I was born in MN like a lot of people here but that doesn't mean Jack when it comes to drafting. Take the best Guy there regardless of birth certificate or position.

As the Devils Advocate: Why would you chose Appel? What has he shown "You" that you would select him ahead of Anderson? What do "you" know that would make him a sure fire Top 5 pick over Anderson? I believe most people want to go with what the experts say because they won't feel as bad if/when they miss. They can say everybody was wrong. What is the can't miss ingredient Appel has over Anderson? Neither had amazing stats before this year. Please share your reasoning for your sure fire pick? Whomever it may be?

cmb0252
03-24-2013, 07:00 PM
People go with what experts say because they are experts! They are trained scouts and or work with scouts. Do you ask a cars salesmen for medical advise? Do you ask a teacher for law advise? No, you go to doctors and lawyers. Are they always right? No, but who is? Scouting isn't an exact science. Who cares if "I" "miss" on a Guy "I" like? I dont and sure as hell not the twins.

Both guys were very hittable last year but have been dominate this year (Appel being in the harder conference). Appel has a chance to have three plus pitched (fastball 70, slider 65, change up 65) while Anderson has one plus pitch (65 slider) and an above average fastball (55-60). From what I have read Andersons change up is currently average at best. Give me the Guy with the pedigree, more pitches, and better stuff.

There is nothing wrong with Anderson and he has a chance to be a good pitcher going forward, but who cares that he was born in Minnesota? I don't.

beckmt
03-24-2013, 08:21 PM
From what I have read is not Appel considered a#2 or #3 starting pitcher. I would rather take a pitcher with a higher top end, considering what the Twins now have, they could use another #1 or #2 prospect not Appel.

Jeremy Nygaard
03-24-2013, 08:26 PM
From what I have read is not Appel considered a#2 or #3 starting pitcher. I would rather take a pitcher with a higher top end, considering what the Twins now have, they could use another #1 or #2 prospect not Appel.

If you're looking for a higher-ceiling, you're probably looking at preps Kohl Stewart (football commit to Texas A&M) or (maybe) Hunter Harvey... you're also taking a much bigger risk.

Anderson's more of a flyball guy than Appel, if that matters at all.

lightfoot789
03-24-2013, 08:55 PM
I trust experts too, but want more information before I rule another guy out. I kept hearing posters rave reviews about Appel and never heard why they liked him other than the experts say he's worthy of a number 1 pick. I just wanted information supporting those thoughts like Appel has 3 pitches at this rate and Anderson only has 2 pitches of significance, etc., etc... That made for good reading. I like to know why one prospect stands out over another and then decide if he's worthy of this pick or the next. Good stuff. I would only want the MN kid if he's worthy as well. If close, I also want the kid who wants to be in MN.

Pierre K.
03-24-2013, 09:41 PM
I can tell you that Anderson has 4 quality pitches and scouts are very 'aware' of his skills. If he continues throwing the way he has, I believe you will see him go top 5. Fun to speculate, but it just has to play itself out. Personally i'd pass on Appel. Anyone DUMB enough to turn down that kind of money and risk it all to injury doesn't belong on my squad. (See Whitson)

cmb0252
03-24-2013, 10:17 PM
The Appel not signing and going back to school debate has been beaten to death and I wont start it hear on Andersons post. While I don't see Anderson in the group of the other top guys I do believe he is in that next tier. Hopefully you are right and he can jump to the next tier because more guys deserving of the #4 pick the better.

What is his 4th pitch? I'm asking because I haven't heard anything about it.

Pierre K.
03-24-2013, 11:02 PM
From his pitching coach -

"Early on in his career, he reminded me a lot of Matt Garza when I had him at Fresno State. He really wore his emotions on his sleeve. Now, though, he's the most composed guy that we probably have. His composure is now uncanny," Montez said. "We added a slider for him last year when he become a starting pitcher, while also refining the curveball and changeup."

After two seasons to refine his stuff, Anderson finally is in his perfect place. And from a prospect standpoint, there's very little, if anything, not to like about him. The talented right-hander has a physical and prototypical frame at 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, and reminds Montez a lot of former big leaguer Andy Benes.

"He's really put together well with a big, thick lower half, a lot like Andy Benes. Physically speaking, Andy was a strong and big righty," Montez said. "The thing that separates him right now is early in his career he had issues with location. Now, he's the type of guy who can locate four or five pitches. That just puts him over the hump."

Anderson is showing excellent stuff this spring. He's consistently 91-96 with his fastball, and has gotten up to 97. Meanwhile, his slider is a plus pitch and typically sits anywhere from 80-84, while his changeup is 79-80 mph and a plus pitch with good depth and late downward movement. The righty also throws a two-seam fastball and curveball.

"He's really learned to use all of his pitches now. He can throw a curveball early in the count, and the second and third time through the lineup, and still be effective. He can also use the changeup in the same fashion," he said. "The thing about Chris now is that hitters pretty much can't sit on anything. He'll throw any pitch in any count."

Pierre K.
03-24-2013, 11:18 PM
From a Baseball America article -

"He's really developed a good changeup," Montez said. "He throws a cuveball and slider that he can locate—I would say the slider's his out pitch, and he can drop the curveball in to get-me-over early in the count, in case teams start being real aggressive on his fastball. It's a lot like the progression that Matt Garza made with me at Fresno State. Matt and Chris were very similar as freshmen—when they got into trouble, they tried to throw harder instead of smarter. As they grew and developed, they learned how to change speeds."

Montez also lets Chris call his own game.

diehardtwinsfan
03-25-2013, 05:30 PM
I'm assuming Appel will be off the board at number 4. Personally, I think their pick will be a tough choice between Anderson and Gray. Honestly, I'd be happy with either one, though I think Anderson might be a guy who will sign for under slot which allows them to go after someone else in later rounds. I'm kind of hoping Windle is still there at number 2. That would be 2 pretty decent near ready pitchers that would significantly improve the pitching outlook of the 2015/16 teams.

Pierre K.
03-27-2013, 04:20 PM
Mlb.com currently ranks Anderson at 8. Click link to see video of him and all the top prospects. NOTE: Select (50 Draft)

2013 Prospect Watch | MLB.com: News (http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2013/)

cmb0252
03-29-2013, 11:32 AM
Anderson pitched vs Mercer on Thursday and had his only bad start of the year. Went 6 innings allowing 11 hits and 8 ER which raised his season ERA to a "massive" 2.21. He did strike out 10 and walked none which brings his K/BB ratio to an insane 70/8 for the season.

Jeremy Nygaard
04-13-2013, 06:58 AM
Keith Law's latest piece suggests Anderson's draft stock is falling - didn't look like a first-rounder while getting knocked around by Kennesaw State.

MLB Chris Anderson's stock is dropping - ESPN (http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=mlb_draft&id=9166640&src=desktop)

TwinsFanInPhilly
04-13-2013, 10:01 AM
Are you no longer updating the pitching lines in the first post of the thread? That is a nice summary.

cmb0252
04-13-2013, 11:30 AM
"probably doesn't fit until the back of the first round unless the velocity he flashed earlier in the season returns."
Stuff-89-93 fastball with issues commanding it, slider was still a wipe out pitch, fringy curve, and an average change up.

cmb0252
04-18-2013, 01:42 PM
Keith law talked to Kiley McDaniels this week on his pod cast, behind the dish, about the draft. The most interesting part to me was their conversation about Mr.Anderson and why he might drop in the draft. While Kiley still has Anderson in his top ten Law has dropped him from 12 to 24.

For anyone interested in the upcoming draft its a great listen AND free!

Behind The Dish - ESPN (http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=9182068)

Pierre K.
04-21-2013, 08:40 AM
With a week of slowing down and rest, Chris is getting back to form.

From Perfect Game 4-19 -

Top performances

Chris Anderson, RHP, Jacksonville: The outstanding right-handed pitcher struck out five, walked three and allowed just a run (none earned) on six hits in a complete game performance.

cmb0252
04-29-2013, 02:25 PM
Anderson threw very poorly this week vs a weak northern Florida team.
3/4 K/BB, 6.2 innings, 6H, 5 ER

Quote about the game from CC: He was cruising until the seventh innings, when it all seemed to fall apart for the entire Jacksonville pitching staff, so if you’re optimistic, you can chalk this up to “one bad inning”.

At one point he was in top 10 pick consideration and no chance to be around at 43. He has time to right himself but it is getting closer and closer to the draft. Maybe there is a possibility he will fall all the way to the second round.

Pierre K.
04-30-2013, 05:07 PM
"weak northern Florida team"

Are you sure about that? They are 32 and 12, and 14 and 4 in conference!

cmb0252
04-30-2013, 05:46 PM
"weak northern Florida team"

Are you sure about that? They are 32 and 12, and 14 and 4 in conference!

They are in a weak conference, they haven't played anyone outside of their conference, and currently have no real draft prospects. They are a fine college team, NCAA has them ranked 62 in their division 1 schools, but not good enough for a prospect like Anderson to go 3/4 K/BB ratio.

Pierre K.
04-30-2013, 06:18 PM
You said they were a weak team and nothing about the conference. That's your opinion that the ASUN is weak, but the Ospreys are in 1st place. I don't personally think the ASUN is any better or worse than most other conferences top to bottom.

As for all these mock drafts. They are fun to look at, but with a month left to go, these scouting staffs pretty much know who and what they want. Yes, great or poor late season performances can sway a GM's pick from one to another but these guys pretty much have seen what they need to see. If a player gets taken in a particular round, that's probably where most teams had that player for quite a while.

Pierre K.
05-18-2013, 02:25 PM
keith law -

Jacksonville RHP Chris Anderson has gone 10 innings tonight and faced 39 batters. Since 2003 only 2 MLB pitchers have faced 39+ in one game.

Final 2 games - 19 innings and 0 earned runs.

kab21
05-18-2013, 04:07 PM
Before alarm bells start going off about pitch count it should be noted that college pitchers get 6 days of rest and it's pretty common that they have higher pitch counts than MLB pitchers with 4-5 days of rest.

He did probably throw too many pitches though. Perhaps he drops to the Twins due to an additional concern like this. At one time some on here were trying to make an argument for Anderson @ #4 mostly because he was one of the better college pitchers.

cmb0252
05-18-2013, 04:26 PM
Before alarm bells start going off about pitch count it should be noted that college pitchers get 6 days of rest and it's pretty common that they have higher pitch counts than MLB pitchers with 4-5 days of rest.

He did probably throw too many pitches though. Perhaps he drops to the Twins due to an additional concern like this. At one time some on here were trying to make an argument for Anderson @ #4 mostly because he was one of the better college pitchers.

In the most updated mocks Law has Anderson going 17, BA has him going 20, Sickels 32, and Crawford not in the 1st. While he would be a solid pick at 43 if there I'm guessing he goes in the 20s. Pitched himself out of consideration in the top 10 but not out of the first round.

Jeremy Nygaard
05-18-2013, 04:32 PM
BA has Anderson ranked as the #9 right-handed pitching prospect in their Draft Preview. I continue to feel pretty good about my Chris Stratton (20th pick last year) comp.

Pierre K.
05-18-2013, 05:07 PM
Talked with a couple of scouts at last weekends game that would be thrilled to nab him around the 20 range. They know the situation he's had with poor defense (95 errors), hitting (255) and poor relief. They have also gunned him up to 98 recently. He will be gone somewhere in round one.

Pierre K.
06-04-2013, 10:34 PM
Nice write-up on Chris -

The first-round roadblock for the Jacksonville University baseball program appears to be on borrowed time, thanks to Chris Anderson.
The Dolphins’ junior right-handed pitcher is expected to hear his name called before any other local product in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which begins Thursday. The first and second rounds, and the new competitive balance rounds (a combined 12 picks that follow the opening two rounds) will be held Thursday.
Should he go in the first round, Anderson would become the first JU player drafted in the opening round. Pitcher Mike Christ, who was a second-round pick of the Seattle Mariners (29th overall) in 1984, remains the top draft pick in Dolphins history.
Anderson, 20, is poised to supplant Christ as various scouts and mock drafts put him anywhere between going as early as 11th and not getting past the Cardinals at No. 19. MLB.com has Anderson rated as the draft’s 16th best prospect.
“You know, I have [heard about JU’s lack of a first-rounder],” said Anderson, who went 7-5 with a 2.49 ERA last season for the Dolphins and has a fastball that can touch the mid-90 mph range.
“Some of teammates gave me a little grief about it. I’d feel honored to be the first guy,’’ Anderson said. “There have been so many good players in the past [at JU]. You look at guys in the past, guys who made big leagues. ... I’d be very honored to be the first.”
It hasn’t always been that way for Anderson, who arrived at JU as a dual-sport star (he was a solid quarterback for Centennial High School in Circle Pines, Minn.) and the state’s inaugural Mr. Baseball. Anderson was a two-way baseball player when he began playing for JU, a good pitcher and a good hitter. But he’d always had more upside as a pitcher and that’s the direction that the coaching staff wanted him to go in.
Dolphins coach Tim Montez said that’s why there were two Andersons at JU — the one before playing a summer in the Cape Cod League and the one after it.
“We just wanted him to concentrate on pitching, play against a little better competition,” Montez said. “I think he kind of realized and learned how to change speeds, refine his pitches. He came back this past fall and worked on his off-speed stuff, in particular, his changeup. He really took a big step forward in the fall; he cleaned up his mechanics a little bit and then it just started clicking. He could dominate the outer third of plate with his fastball.”
Not that Anderson was a project before his trip to the Cape (he was a freshman All-America after a 4-2 season with 11 saves), but he was trying to do too much.
Montez said that trying to transition from closer to starter is difficult enough because of how much more of a pitch selection a hurler must have. A reliever throws an inning or two, tops, and often just fastballs with some occasional off-speed stuff. JU wanted Anderson to be able to throw more than just two pitches and essentially take his mind off of batting altogether.
Even though he didn’t have the best statistical time in Cape Cod (6.34 ERA, 43 hits, 42 Ks in 33 innings), he returned to JU as a different player.
“That was a great experience, it helped me a lot,” he said. “I really just soaked everything in. I had a lot more knowledge for pitching after the Cape.”
That time in the Cape and his showing for most of the 2013 season put Anderson smack in the middle of the draft conversation. Not only can his fastball touch 94-96 mph, Anderson can throw a wicked slider, a curve and a changeup.
One longtime professional scout who spoke under the condition of anonymity as to not reveal his team’s draft strategy, said that Anderson’s progress has been remarkable to watch and felt he was a first-round lock.
“For me, he’s the most improved player, from freshman year to now, that I’ve had in my area,” the scout said. “He’s the best pitcher I’ve had in my area, period. Period. He throws four pitches for strikes. He commands them. He commands any pitch and at any time in the count.”