Biographical

Portrait of Brian Anderson

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA
0 0 0.00
Birth Date4-26-1972
Height6' 1"
Weight190 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
1993 CAL MLB 4 1 11.3 11 2 4 1 .246 100 8.7 1.6 0.8 3.2 21% .263 .232 1.15 3.97 3.97 116 5.88 -0.1
1994 CAL MLB 18 18 101.7 120 27 47 13 .269 98 10.6 2.4 1.2 4.2 33% .307 .282 1.45 4.88 5.22 122 5.38 0.6
1995 CAL MLB 18 17 99.7 110 30 45 24 .263 99 9.9 2.7 2.2 4.1 40% .260 .288 1.40 6.36 5.87 119 4.96 1.0
1996 CLE MLB 10 9 51.3 58 14 21 9 .271 100 10.2 2.5 1.6 3.7 41% .287 .280 1.40 5.53 4.91 121 5.74 0.2
1997 CLE MLB 8 8 48.0 55 11 22 7 .261 95 10.3 2.1 1.3 4.1 40% .302 .271 1.38 4.81 4.69 114 5.59 0.1
1998 ARI MLB 32 32 208.0 221 24 95 39 .258 96 9.6 1.0 1.7 4.1 39% .266 .256 1.18 4.99 4.33 111 3.99 4.3
1999 ARI MLB 31 19 130.0 144 28 75 18 .254 104 10.0 1.9 1.2 5.2 42% .295 .243 1.32 4.39 4.57 105 4.84 1.9
2000 ARI MLB 33 32 213.3 226 39 104 38 .256 97 9.5 1.6 1.6 4.4 49% .272 .251 1.24 4.99 4.05 105 4.51 4.0
2001 ARI MLB 29 22 133.3 156 30 55 25 .258 99 10.5 2.0 1.7 3.7 48% .285 .286 1.40 5.32 5.20 122 5.68 0.2
2002 ARI MLB 35 24 156.0 174 32 81 23 .254 106 10.0 1.8 1.3 4.7 49% .289 .261 1.32 4.39 4.79 106 4.57 1.8
2003 CLE 0 25 24 148.0 162 32 72 21 .261 94 9.9 1.9 1.3 4.4 44% .285 .278 1.31 4.70 3.71 0 0.00 0.0
2003 KCA 0 7 7 49.7 50 11 15 6 .261 102 9.1 2.0 1.1 2.7 46% .265 .239 1.23 4.72 3.99 0 0.00 0.0
2004 KCA MLB 35 26 166.0 217 53 70 33 .265 102 11.8 2.9 1.8 3.8 35% .313 .301 1.63 5.87 5.64 124 6.24 -0.9
2005 KCA MLB 6 6 30.7 39 4 17 7 .259 101 11.4 1.2 2.1 5.0 45% .305 .307 1.40 5.30 6.75 98 3.89 0.6
2003 TOT MLB 32 31 197.7 212 43 87 27 .261 96 9.7 2.0 1.2 4.0 44% .280 .269 1.29 4.70 3.78 103 4.16 3.4
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Statistics for All Levels

'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 H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
1993 CAL MLB 4 1 11.3 11 2 4 1 .246 100 8.7 1.6 0.8 3.2 21% .263 .232 1.15 3.97 3.97
1993 MID AA 2 2 10.7 16 0 9 2 .000 13.5 0.0 1.7 7.6 0% .000 .000 1.50 3.94 3.36
1993 VAN AAA 2 2 8.0 13 6 2 3 .000 14.6 6.8 3.4 2.2 0% .000 .000 2.38 10.64 12.38
1994 CAL MLB 18 18 101.7 120 27 47 13 .269 98 10.6 2.4 1.2 4.2 33% .307 .282 1.45 4.88 5.22
1994 LEL A+ 2 2 12.0 6 0 9 1 .000 4.5 0.0 0.8 6.8 0% .000 .000 0.50 2.92 3.00
1995 CAL MLB 18 17 99.7 110 30 45 24 .263 99 9.9 2.7 2.2 4.1 40% .260 .288 1.40 6.36 5.87
1995 LEL A+ 3 3 14.0 10 1 13 0 .000 6.4 0.6 0.0 8.4 0% .000 .000 0.79 1.88 1.93
1996 CLE MLB 10 9 51.3 58 14 21 9 .271 100 10.2 2.5 1.6 3.7 41% .287 .280 1.40 5.53 4.91
1996 BUF AAA 19 19 128.0 125 28 85 14 .000 8.8 2.0 1.0 6.0 0% .000 .000 1.20 3.75 3.59
1997 CLE MLB 8 8 48.0 55 11 22 7 .261 95 10.3 2.1 1.3 4.1 40% .302 .271 1.38 4.81 4.69
1997 BUF AAA 15 15 85.7 78 15 60 13 .000 8.2 1.6 1.4 6.3 0% .251 .000 1.09 4.09 3.05
1998 ARI MLB 32 32 208.0 221 24 95 39 .258 96 9.6 1.0 1.7 4.1 39% .266 .256 1.18 4.99 4.33
1999 ARI MLB 31 19 130.0 144 28 75 18 .254 104 10.0 1.9 1.2 5.2 42% .295 .243 1.32 4.39 4.57
1999 TUC AAA 2 2 6.7 9 1 8 1 .000 12.1 1.3 1.3 10.7 0% -.800 .000 1.49 3.62 5.37
2000 ARI MLB 33 32 213.3 226 39 104 38 .256 97 9.5 1.6 1.6 4.4 49% .272 .251 1.24 4.99 4.05
2001 ARI MLB 29 22 133.3 156 30 55 25 .258 99 10.5 2.0 1.7 3.7 48% .285 .286 1.40 5.32 5.20
2001 TUC AAA 2 2 12.0 7 2 8 0 .000 5.2 1.5 0.0 6.0 0% -.700 .000 0.75 2.71 1.50
2002 ARI MLB 35 24 156.0 174 32 81 23 .254 106 10.0 1.8 1.3 4.7 49% .289 .261 1.32 4.39 4.79
2003 CLE MLB 25 24 148.0 162 32 72 21 .261 94 9.9 1.9 1.3 4.4 44% .285 .278 1.31 4.70 3.71
2003 KCA MLB 7 7 49.7 50 11 15 6 .261 102 9.1 2.0 1.1 2.7 46% .265 .239 1.23 4.72 3.99
2004 KCA MLB 35 26 166.0 217 53 70 33 .265 102 11.8 2.9 1.8 3.8 35% .313 .301 1.63 5.87 5.64
2005 KCA MLB 6 6 30.7 39 4 17 7 .259 101 11.4 1.2 2.1 5.0 45% .305 .307 1.40 5.30 6.75
2005 WIC AA 1 1 1.3 5 0 2 1 .280 110 34.6 0.0 6.9 13.8 50% .571 .521 3.85 10.21 13.85
2005 OMA AAA 1 1 4.3 3 1 2 1 .280 89 6.3 2.1 2.1 4.2 33% .143 .311 0.93 6.31 6.28

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  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2008-03-13 2008-03-14 Camp 1 0 Right Elbow Sprain and Flexor Mass Strain - -
2006-04-02 2006-09-05 Minors 156 0 Left Elbow Surgery Revision Tommy John Surgery 2006-07-14 -
2005-05-09 2005-10-03 60-DL 147 131 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2005-07-21 -
2005-03-11 2005-03-21 Camp 10 0 - Low Back Tightness - -
2005-02-26 2005-02-28 Camp 2 0 - Neck Tightness - -
2004-03-10 2004-03-10 Camp 0 0 - Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2003-04-20 2003-04-30 DTD 10 9 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2002-09-22 2002-10-06 DTD 14 8 Left Foot Fracture Batted Ball - -
2002-07-18 2002-07-18 DTD 0 0 - Upper Back Soreness - -
2002-05-05 2002-05-14 DTD 9 8 Left Thumb Contusion - -
2002-04-09 2002-04-13 DTD 4 4 Left Forearm Contusion Batted Ball - -
2001-08-11 2001-08-17 DTD 6 5 Left Elbow Contusion Batted Ball - -
2001-06-03 2001-07-01 15-DL 28 25 Left Groin Strain - -
2001-04-12 2001-05-02 15-DL 20 18 - Low Back Strain - -
2001-04-01 2001-04-05 Camp 4 2 Left Forearm Contusion Batted Ball - -
2001-03-27 2001-03-31 Camp 4 0 Left Fingers Laceration Index Finger - -
2001-03-22 2001-03-26 Camp 4 0 Left Elbow Contusion - -
1998-07-24 1998-08-02 DTD 9 9 Left Elbow Stiffness - -
1997-07-05 1997-08-13 15-DL 39 36 Left Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis - -
1997-03-08 1997-03-20 Camp 12 0 Left Knee Sprain - -
1995-05-06 1995-06-20 15-DL 45 41 Left Upper Arm Strain Biceps - -
1994-05-07 1994-06-07 15-DL 31 27 Left Thumb Fracture Non-displaced By Batting Ball - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2005 KCA $3,250,000
2004 KCA $3,250,000
2003 CLE, KCA $1,500,000
2002 ARI $5,375,000
2001 ARI $4,125,000
2000 ARI $2,250,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$19,750,000
6 yrTotal$19,750,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 152 dRon Shapiro

Details
  • FA 2/1/08 (minor-league contract)
  • signed as a free agent from KC 1/06 (minor-league contract)
  • re-signed as a free agent 11/03, 2 year/$6.5M (04-05) 04-05:$3.25M/year
  • $0.5M if traded
  • acquired in trade from CLE 8/03 signed as a free agent from AZ 12/02
  • 1 year/$1.5M (03)
  • agreed to def some $ past 06
  • 3 year/$11M (00-02)

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 7/29/2016 10:24 ET

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

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2005 Before the All-Star break: 1-8, 7.23 ERA, 80 IP, 126 H, 30 BB, 30 K, 19 HR
After the All-Star break: 5-4, 4.17 ERA, 86 IP, 91 H, 23 BB, 40 K, 14 HR
In this case, the All-Star Break isn't just an arbitrary cutoff: Mike Mason, who had just replaced John Cumberland as the team's pitching coach, noticed a few mechanical flaws in Anderson's delivery and worked with him over the three days off to fix them. Anderson's second-half numbers are almost perfectly in line with the rest of his career, so it does appear that his first half was the outlier. There's a lot of value in a pitcher who can give you 32 starts and an ERA of 4.50; pitchers little better than that were getting $7 million a year or more this winter, and Anderson's contract calls for only half that. Still, PECOTA is not optimistic.
2004 Like White, Anderson's one-month audition with the Royals impressed the team enough that they wanted to re-sign him, and his one month in the low-stress atmosphere of Kansas City impressed Anderson enough that he shocked everyone by not returning to his native Ohio. Anderson's career-best ERA is an illusion created by 27 unearned runs, nine more than anyone else in the majors. He is what he is: a .500 pitcher who gives up tons of flyballs, relying on his defense and good control. There's value in that, but the Royals already have such a pitcher in Darrell May, and it's an open question whether they really need two of them.
2003 A fascinating pitcher to watch: Anderson makes hitters without a solid game plan and discipline look more frustrated than Bill O’Reilly without a mirror. He’s a tough guy to root for, because he can go 15 hitters and look unhittable, give up a squib hit or two, and then leave a “breaking” ball at Sammy Sosa’s thigh that goes souvenir at escape velocity. Nevertheless, he can be a solid back-of-the-rotation starter if healthy and affordable. The Indians nailed affordable and will hope for healthy.
2002 Anderson wasn’t healthy all season, and it showed in his disappointing performance. Back spasms and a groin strain cost him most of April and June. He couldn’t keep the ball down at all, and he had a hard time putting hitters away on the rare occasions he reached two strikes. Anderson looked like a breakout candidate after a strong finish in 2000; if he’s healthy this year, he could easily be the Snakes’ #4 starter.
2001 Brian Anderson is an example of how a pitcher who’s hittable and homer-prone can do everything else well enough to make himself a fine third starter. In addition to the outstanding control, he’s got a great pickoff move and can handle the bat well enough to help himself. His career isn’t about to reach critical mass and turn him into a star; he’s just a guy who locates pitches and changes speeds so well that he’ll be a very good third starter.
2000 He pitched like a man possessed in spring training; the Diamondbacks probably should have traded him then, because he started getting roughed up as soon as the games counted, and needed a good second half to make his numbers look passable. Anderson is a useful pitcher and a reliable spot starter, but this team certainly doesn’t need the pitching depth. Anderson is good at helping his outfielders work off the clubhouse buffet.
1998 Tremendous control, gives up lots of hits but not a lot of baserunners. Vulnerable to the long ball, and you’d like to see him strike out more hitters. The Diamondbacks made him their first pick and plan to drop him into the rotation. He could luck into a hot streak at any time, but the long-term prognosis is iffy.
1997 After being rushed by the Angels, Anderson was left in the rotation at Buffalo and looked good. Unfortunately, Anderson is that breed of pitcher who has it especially rough in the AL, the flyball-tossing lefty. Cleveland is one of the better places for this type of pitcher to pitch, but it may not be enough. With Martinez’ departure, Anderson is one of the top candidates to get a regular rotation job next spring, barring any major free agent pickups.
1996  Probably just an adjustment year, which wouldn't have mattered much if the Angels had performed to expectations. But their presence in a race forced them to jerk Anderson out of the rotation and bury him in the bullpen in September. Gave up a homer every 4 innings, which is Ackerian, but still had a 2-1 K/BB ratio, and his hits/9 IP wasn't unreasonable. Highly recommended in 1996 and beyond. Traded to Cleveland after the Angels violated the rule about cutting his salary by more than 20%. He should emerge as a 15-game winner in 1997. Highly recommended.

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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 3-6Christina Kahrl2006-03-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Chicago White SoxThomas Gorman2006-03-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Chicago White SoxWill Carroll2006-03-07
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: GallWill Carroll2005-06-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Kansas City RoyalsWill Carroll2005-03-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Against the WallJim Baker2004-10-26
2004 HACKING MASS Results: Stiffness is Next to GodlinessDave Pease2004-10-26
This article requires BP Premium accessTeams: A Critical Guide: Hoagy Carmichael's Rockin' Chair EditionSteven Goldman2004-09-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Bag ManJoe Sheehan2004-04-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Kansas City RoyalsWill Carroll2004-03-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 25-September 21Christina Kahrl2003-09-25
Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia PhilliesBaseball Prospectus2003-09-18
Prospectus Triple Play: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle MarinersBaseball Prospectus2003-08-22
Prospectus Triple Play: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle MarinersBaseball Prospectus2003-08-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: June 10-15Christina Kahrl2003-06-19
Prospectus Triple Play: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle MarinersBaseball Prospectus2003-06-13
Box Lunch: Balls, Strikes, and the Reds' Win StreakKeith Scherer2003-05-16
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Applying the LessonsWill Carroll2003-04-29
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: AL Central PreviewJoe Sheehan2003-03-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Leaving Scouting to the ExpertsJoe Sheehan2003-03-10


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