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Matt Anderson PTigers

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
7 256.7 15 7 26 224 5.19 -0.2
Birth Date8-17-1976
Height6' 4"
Weight200 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
1998 DET 21 42 0 44.0 0.0 44.0 5 1 0 4 0 0 194 38 16 16 3 58 31 27 2 44 3.27 4.36 4.92 3.7 0.4
1999 DET 22 37 0 38.0 0.0 38.0 2 1 0 3 0 0 180 33 27 24 8 63 35 34 1 32 5.68 7.10 9.09 -10.5 -1.0
2000 DET 23 69 0 74.3 0.0 74.3 3 2 1 0 0 0 324 61 44 39 8 97 45 41 3 71 4.72 4.65 5.92 -0.3 -0.0
2001 DET 24 62 0 56.0 0.0 56.0 3 1 22 2 0 0 239 56 33 30 2 84 18 14 0 52 4.82 2.67 3.14 13.7 1.4
2002 DET 25 12 0 11.0 0.0 11.0 2 1 0 2 0 0 58 17 13 11 1 22 8 7 2 8 9.00 5.51 6.50 -0.7 -0.1
2003 DET 26 23 0 23.3 0.0 23.3 0 1 3 1 0 0 105 25 17 14 5 43 9 8 1 13 5.40 6.05 6.75 -2.3 -0.2
2005 COL 28 12 0 10.0 0.0 10.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 62 19 17 14 3 29 11 11 2 4 12.60 9.99 11.71 -5.6 -0.6
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Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1998 DET MLB 42 0 44.0 4.92 101 .267 .272 .338 .437 .267 .307 98 3.7 0.4 3.7 0.4
1998 LAK A+ 17 0 26.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 JAX AA 13 0 15.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DET MLB 37 0 38.0 9.09 27 .287 .275 .346 .426 .262 .240 99 -10.5 -1.0 -10.5 -1.0
1999 TOL AAA 24 4 38.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 DET MLB 69 0 74.3 5.92 80 .257 .274 .344 .438 .262 .269 92 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2001 DET MLB 62 0 56.0 3.14 136 .241 .266 .330 .427 .259 .323 100 13.7 1.4 13.7 1.4
2002 DET MLB 12 0 11.0 6.50 66 .341 .254 .322 .404 .253 .410 100 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2003 DET MLB 23 0 23.3 6.75 58 .285 .269 .332 .426 .262 .260 97 -2.3 -0.2 -2.3 -0.2
2003 TOL AAA 23 5 38.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .365 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TOL AAA 34 0 34.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .319 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 COL MLB 12 0 10.0 11.71 -20 .378 .266 .327 .427 .260 .381 116 -5.6 -0.6 -5.6 -0.6
2005 CSP AAA 46 0 47.0 5.06 115 .203 .273 .350 .437 .272 .224 87 9.9 0.9 9.6 0.8
2006 FRE AAA 26 0 34.2 8.44 32 .369 .276 .356 .436 .273 .386 105 -6.3 -0.6 -6.8 -0.7
2007 HER Wnt 3 0 3.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .111 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 CHR AAA 15 0 17.7 5.16 73 .268 .258 .329 .408 .264 .264 91 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1998 DET MLB 5 1 0 42 0 44.0 38 31 44 3 44% .307 7.8 6.3 0.6 9.0 1.57 3.27 3.7 0.4
1998 JAX AA 1 0 10 13 0 15.0 7 5 11 1 0% .000 4.2 3.0 0.6 6.6 0.80 0.60 0.0 0.0
1998 LAK A+ 1 0 3 17 0 26.0 18 8 34 0 0% .000 6.2 2.8 0.0 11.8 1.00 0.69 0.0 0.0
1999 DET MLB 2 1 0 37 0 38.0 33 35 32 8 30% .240 7.8 8.3 1.9 7.6 1.79 5.68 -10.5 -1.0
1999 TOL AAA 0 4 5 24 4 38.0 32 31 35 9 0% .000 7.6 7.3 2.1 8.3 1.66 6.39 0.0 0.0
2000 DET MLB 3 2 1 69 0 74.3 61 45 71 8 53% .269 7.4 5.4 1.0 8.6 1.43 4.72 -0.3 -0.0
2001 DET MLB 3 1 22 62 0 56.0 56 18 52 2 43% .323 9.0 2.9 0.3 8.4 1.32 4.82 13.7 1.4
2002 DET MLB 2 1 0 12 0 11.0 17 8 8 1 39% .410 13.9 6.5 0.8 6.5 2.27 9.00 -0.7 -0.1
2003 DET MLB 0 1 3 23 0 23.3 25 9 13 5 48% .260 9.6 3.5 1.9 5.0 1.46 5.40 -2.3 -0.2
2003 TOL AAA 1 3 3 23 5 38.0 50 8 31 4 0% .365 11.8 1.9 0.9 7.3 1.53 3.79 0.0 0.0
2004 TOL AAA 0 5 1 34 0 34.0 41 23 25 5 0% .319 10.9 6.1 1.3 6.6 1.88 5.82 0.0 0.0
2005 COL MLB 0 0 0 12 0 10.0 19 11 4 3 33% .381 17.1 9.9 2.7 3.6 3.00 12.60 -5.6 -0.6
2005 CSP AAA 3 3 9 46 0 47.0 36 21 46 5 30% .224 6.9 4.0 1.0 8.8 1.21 4.21 9.6 0.8
2006 FRE AAA 1 2 0 26 0 34.2 48 29 33 8 29% .386 12.6 7.6 2.1 8.7 2.25 9.21 -6.8 -0.7
2007 HER Wnt 0 2 0 3 0 3.3 2 3 2 1 0% .111 5.5 8.2 2.7 5.5 1.52 5.45 0.0 0.0
2008 CHR AAA 0 0 0 15 0 17.7 16 8 15 2 20% .264 8.1 4.1 1.0 7.6 1.36 5.59 -0.1 -0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2003-07-14 2003-08-28 Minors 45 0 Right Shoulder Impingement - -
2002-05-19 2002-09-20 60-DL 124 112 Right Shoulder Strain Torn Teres Major -
2002-04-27 2002-05-18 15-DL 21 18 Right Shoulder Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2004 DET $4,300,000
2003 DET $3,200,000
2002 DET $1,800,000
2001 DET $355,000
2000 DET $255,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$9,910,000
5 yrTotal$9,910,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 41 d

Details
  • sent to minor-league camp 3/06 signed as a free agent from COL 1/06 (minor-league contract)
  • sent outright to Triple-A 7/05 contract purchased 5/05 signed as a free agent from DET 2/05 (minor-league contract) sent outright to Triple-A 3/04 recalled 9/03
  • 3 year/$9.7M (02-04)+$6.25M club option
  • 02:$1.8M+$0.1M in bonuses, 03:$3.2M+$0.4M in bonuses, 04:$4.3M+$0.4M in bonuses, 05:$6.25M club option (vests with 100 games finished 03-04) $0.4M buyout
  • avoided arbitration arbitration 2/02 ($2.4M - $1.6M) `97 1-__

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2005 When you draft a starting pitcher first overall and he gets hurt, at least you can hope that he'll one day make a decent reliever. When you draft Matt Anderson and he gets hurt, the hope becomes that he'll one day make a decent Toledo Mudhen. There's no way that a pitcher can walk this many Triple-A hitters without something being vastly, irrevocably wrong. The over/under on his remaining MLB innings pitched is about 35.
2003 The flame throwing righty missed almost all of the 2002 season with a torn muscle in his pitching shoulder. He was expected to have a big year after seemingly solving his control problems and saving 22 games in 2001. Anderson instead will start all over again in 2003. Given his shoulder injuries, Anderson is facing the same choice many other talented young pitchers do: ease up on his velocity and tighten his delivery for better command and to reduce the stress on his arm, or air it out and risk recurring injury. Reportedly not the most cerebral of pitchers, Anderson needs to apply himself physically and mentally to reviving his career. While his big four-seam fastball is renowned, it has little or no movement and he doesn’t have a usable two-seamer.
2002 He still throws harder than any other pitcher in the majors, and his walk rate dropped to less than half his previous career rate. That he didn't then blow hitters away is a reflection of the lack of movement on his fastball. Anderson needs to figure out that the title "hardest-thrower" is a poor bridesmaid to "best closer" and sacrifice some velocity for movement. He's getting there; his ERA was 25.07 on April 20 and 2.98 after that. Expect a huge season from him this year.
2001 Labeled the team’s closer of the future when he was drafted, Matt Anderson is the Tigers' mop-up man of the present. He was so inconsistent last season that Garner went weeks without using him when the team had a lead. Anderson has eased off on his fastball to improve his control but still has no reliable second pitch. You can’t give up on an arm like his, but the Tigers' questionable decision to use the first overall pick in the June 1997 draft on a closer looks even worse now.
2000 Anderson throws as hard as any pitcher in the game, but needs to learn that major-league hitters are not intimidated by velocity that isn’t accompanied by movement. As Whitey Herzog said, hitters could hit bullets out of a gun once they got the timing right. Right now, Anderson seems to be the intimidated one, to the point where he can’t throw strikes with any consistency. The Tigers have him working on a split-finger fastball to add deception. I think he’s at least a year away from any consistent success.
1999 He’s only a year out of college, but he has as much chance as anyone of being the premier closer of the... what the heck do we call the next decade, anyway? The “zeroes?” I like the “thousands,” myself... he has supposedly hit 103 on the radar gun, and I’m not sure even Troy Percival throws harder anymore. His control is still 18 months away, but he is filthy, and I mean that in the best possible way. The Tigers should stop delaying the inevitable and make him the closer come April. The last pitcher to step off of campus and into a closer’s role so soon was Gregg Olson, but Anderson doesn’t throw the knee-bending curveball, so unless he throws 110 innings this year his long-term prospects are bright.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
Perfect Game Presents: The Baseball Draft: A 50-Year Retrospective, Part TwoAllan Simpson2014-06-09
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: May 20, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-05-20
This article requires BP Premium accessAhead in the Count: Production and the DraftMatt Swartz2010-06-07
One-Hoppers: Ken Griffey Jr. Bows OutJay Jaffe2010-06-02
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Inglorious BastardsSteven Goldman2009-06-19
This article requires BP Premium accessZumaya's Zooming: Bouncing AroundBen Lindbergh2009-05-06
Future Shock: Boras vs. Baseball—A PrimerKevin Goldstein2008-08-30
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: The Lost Generation?Nate Silver2008-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Division Roundup, NL WestKevin Goldstein2006-07-04
Doctoring The Numbers: The Draft, Part 11Rany Jazayerli2006-06-02
This article requires BP Premium accessDoctoring The Numbers: The Draft, Part TenRany Jazayerli2006-05-11
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 17-26Christina Kahrl2006-03-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Matchups RevisitedJim Baker2005-09-02
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: July 1-8Christina Kahrl2005-07-08
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: Drafting College ClosersJeff Erickson2005-06-17
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 24-June 12, 2005Christina Kahrl2005-06-16
Prospectus Hit List: Week of May 29, 2005Ben Murphy2005-06-01
This article requires BP Premium accessDoctoring The Numbers: The Draft, Part TwoRany Jazayerli2005-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Wests, etc.Christina Kahrl2005-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 22-25, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-03-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: More Job BattlesJoe Sheehan2004-03-15
This article requires BP Premium accessProspecting: ConversionsDavid Cameron2003-10-23
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 25-September 21Christina Kahrl2003-09-25
Prospectus Triple Play: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Detroit TigersBaseball Prospectus2003-09-11
Prospectus Triple Play: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Detroit TigersBaseball Prospectus2003-06-19
Prospectus Triple Play: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego PadresBaseball Prospectus2003-06-17
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 8-11, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-05-14
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Opening NightWill Carroll2003-03-31
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Health Reports: A Second LookWill Carroll2003-03-28
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Ground RulesWill Carroll2003-03-03
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 19-25, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-03-27
2001 Internet Baseball Awards Results: Your Choices for the League's Top HonorsGreg Spira2001-11-09
1998 Internet Baseball Awards Results: Your ballots have been counted, and the results are inGreg Spira1998-10-29


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