I've mentioned former Miami Marlin and now Tampa Bay Ray RP Nick Anderson as an obvious Twins' deadline target for the pen previously. They obviously should have known enough about his background, considering that he's originally from Brainerd, Mn and pitched well within the Twins' organization for the previous 4 years prior to 2019. Clearly, the homework on Anderson was already complete- besides his ties to the Twins, the FO obviously perused the entire Marlins' staff fairly thoroughly, before ultimately deciding on making a deal for Sergio Romo. The only question left on acquiring Anderson was the asking price.
Well, the deadline came and went, the Twins picked up Sam Dyson, and they obviously didn't do ANY homework on Dyson's physical situation.
The story gets worse for what the Twins missed. Is Anderson a soft tosser? That would be NO. He's averages 96.3 on his FB and also possesses a 83.5 mph devastating slider. Anderson pitched very well, but not lights out for Miami. The move to Tampa Bay thus far has been positively transformative for the 6'5" righty. How other-wordly, you might ask?
Since August 1, his numbers are the best for RPs in all of baseball. Better than Rogers, Chapman, Yates, Hendiriks, you name it.
In 8 August appearances:
FIP -1.28 (that's right, NEGATIVE)
Undoubtedly, Anderson probably wasn't ready to be the closer or the set-up man on this team, he is not regularly called upon in high leverage situations, but consider this:
For the season, in low and medium leverage situations Anderson's K% is a combined 43% and K/9 is 15.75.
And even in high leverage situations, his K% is 35% and K/9 is 13.1.
> NOBODY on the Twins staff comes close to these numbers, even Rogers and Duffey.<
On the season, only 1 RP (Josh Hader) has a higher K% and K/9 than Anderson's 41% and 15.2. And he's accomplished this with very good control- his K-BB% of 33.5% ranks third behind only Hader and Yates.
Seems like he would have been the perfect fit for some of the 5th, 6th and 7th inning duty for the Twins.
How many games might he already have made the difference for the Twins in some of their recent August pitching disasters, and before that? Looks like he'll always be "The one that slipped through the cracks...."
Edited by jokin, 20 August 2019 - 11:10 AM.