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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
13 1547 82 83 1 723 4.74 8.7
Birth Date4-26-1972
Height6' 1"
Weight190 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsL
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
1993 CAL 21 4 1 11.3 6.0 5.3 0 0 0 0 1 0 45 11 5 5 1 19 2 2 0 4 3.97 3.97 4.24 1.5 0.2
1994 CAL 22 18 18 101.7 101.7 0.0 7 5 0 0 9 2 441 120 63 59 13 195 27 27 5 47 5.22 4.88 4.79 14.6 1.4
1995 CAL 23 18 17 99.7 93.7 6.0 6 8 0 0 7 2 433 110 66 65 24 205 30 28 3 45 5.87 6.36 6.64 -2.6 -0.3
1996 CLE 24 10 9 51.3 51.0 0.3 3 1 0 0 4 0 215 58 29 28 9 102 14 13 0 21 4.91 5.53 6.32 1.8 0.2
1997 CLE 25 8 8 48.0 48.0 0.0 4 2 0 0 4 1 199 55 28 25 7 81 11 11 0 22 4.69 4.81 6.07 0.1 0.0
1998 ARI 26 32 32 208.0 208.0 0.0 12 13 0 0 18 4 845 221 109 100 39 381 24 22 4 95 4.33 4.99 5.41 -0.5 0.3
1999 ARI 27 31 19 130.0 111.7 18.3 8 2 1 2 8 0 549 144 69 66 18 226 28 25 1 75 4.57 4.39 4.96 20.6 2.5
2000 ARI 28 33 32 213.3 209.3 4.0 11 7 0 0 20 0 876 226 101 96 38 395 39 32 3 104 4.05 4.99 5.73 9.9 1.2
2001 ARI 29 29 22 133.3 123.7 9.7 4 9 0 3 9 3 571 156 93 77 25 270 30 28 1 55 5.20 5.32 5.85 -0.0 0.4
2002 ARI 30 35 24 156.0 141.7 14.3 6 11 0 1 11 3 659 174 86 83 23 286 32 29 1 81 4.79 4.39 4.96 13.5 1.6
2003 CLE 31 25 24 148.0 146.0 2.0 9 10 0 0 14 0 623 162 88 61 21 270 32 29 4 72 3.71 4.70 5.43 5.0 0.8
2003 KCA 31 7 7 49.7 49.7 0.0 5 1 0 0 4 0 198 50 22 22 6 78 11 11 0 15 3.99 4.72 5.73 0.7 0.1
2004 KCA 32 35 26 166.0 147.0 19.0 6 12 0 0 8 3 745 217 123 104 33 370 53 49 1 70 5.64 5.87 5.96 4.2 0.5
2005 KCA 33 6 6 30.7 30.7 0.0 1 2 0 0 3 0 133 39 24 23 7 71 4 3 0 17 6.75 5.30 6.37 -2.0 -0.2
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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
1993 CAL MLB 4 1 11.3 4.24 110 .232 .249 .314 .375 .246 .263 100 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
1993 MID AA 2 2 10.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 VAN AAA 2 2 8.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 CAL MLB 18 18 101.7 4.79 107 .282 .276 .346 .445 .269 .307 98 14.6 1.4 14.6 1.4
1994 LEL A+ 2 2 12.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 CAL MLB 18 17 99.7 6.64 69 .288 .267 .337 .424 .263 .260 99 -2.6 -0.3 -2.6 -0.3
1995 LEL A+ 3 3 14.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CLE MLB 10 9 51.3 6.32 83 .280 .279 .350 .451 .271 .287 100 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
1996 BUF AAA 19 19 128.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 CLE MLB 8 8 48.0 6.07 71 .271 .266 .333 .415 .261 .302 95 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
1997 BUF AAA 15 15 85.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .251 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 ARI MLB 32 32 208.0 5.41 78 .256 .264 .325 .417 .258 .266 96 -0.7 -0.1 -0.5 0.3
1999 ARI MLB 31 19 130.0 4.96 104 .243 .264 .333 .428 .254 .295 104 16.9 1.6 20.6 2.5
1999 TUC AAA 2 2 6.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 ARI MLB 33 32 213.3 5.73 83 .251 .265 .334 .428 .256 .272 97 4.6 0.4 9.9 1.2
2001 ARI MLB 29 22 133.3 5.85 75 .286 .260 .325 .419 .258 .285 99 -0.4 -0.0 -0.0 0.4
2001 TUC AAA 2 2 12.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ARI MLB 35 24 156.0 4.96 96 .261 .256 .321 .408 .254 .289 106 12.4 1.2 13.5 1.6
2003 CLE MLB 25 24 148.0 5.43 83 .278 .267 .328 .423 .261 .285 94 4.4 0.4 5.0 0.8
2003 KCA MLB 7 7 49.7 5.73 86 .239 .268 .327 .430 .261 .265 102 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2004 KCA MLB 35 26 166.0 5.96 84 .301 .273 .340 .447 .265 .313 102 4.6 0.4 4.2 0.5
2005 KCA MLB 6 6 30.7 6.37 66 .307 .264 .322 .416 .259 .305 101 -2.0 -0.2 -2.0 -0.2
2005 WIC AA 1 1 1.3 8.57 51 .493 .283 .338 .440 .278 .571 122 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2005 OMA AAA 1 1 4.3 6.19 65 .318 .301 .373 .489 .279 .143 89 -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
1993 CAL MLB 0 0 0 4 1 11.3 11 2 4 1 21% .263 8.7 1.6 0.8 3.2 1.15 3.97 1.5 0.2
1993 VAN AAA 0 1 0 2 2 8.0 13 6 2 3 0% .000 14.6 6.8 3.4 2.2 2.38 12.38 0.0 0.0
1993 MID AA 0 1 0 2 2 10.7 16 0 9 2 0% .000 13.5 0.0 1.7 7.6 1.50 3.36 0.0 0.0
1994 CAL MLB 7 5 0 18 18 101.7 120 27 47 13 33% .307 10.6 2.4 1.2 4.2 1.45 5.22 14.6 1.4
1994 LEL A+ 0 1 0 2 2 12.0 6 0 9 1 0% .000 4.5 0.0 0.8 6.8 0.50 3.00 0.0 0.0
1995 CAL MLB 6 8 0 18 17 99.7 110 30 45 24 40% .260 9.9 2.7 2.2 4.1 1.40 5.87 -2.6 -0.3
1995 LEL A+ 1 1 0 3 3 14.0 10 1 13 0 0% .000 6.4 0.6 0.0 8.4 0.79 1.93 0.0 0.0
1996 CLE MLB 3 1 0 10 9 51.3 58 14 21 9 41% .287 10.2 2.5 1.6 3.7 1.40 4.91 1.8 0.2
1996 BUF AAA 11 5 0 19 19 128.0 125 28 85 14 0% .000 8.8 2.0 1.0 6.0 1.20 3.59 0.0 0.0
1997 CLE MLB 4 2 0 8 8 48.0 55 11 22 7 40% .302 10.3 2.1 1.3 4.1 1.38 4.69 0.1 0.0
1997 BUF AAA 7 1 0 15 15 85.7 78 15 60 13 0% .251 8.2 1.6 1.4 6.3 1.09 3.05 0.0 0.0
1998 ARI MLB 12 13 0 32 32 208.0 221 24 95 39 39% .266 9.6 1.0 1.7 4.1 1.18 4.33 -0.5 0.3
1999 ARI MLB 8 2 1 31 19 130.0 144 28 75 18 42% .295 10.0 1.9 1.2 5.2 1.32 4.57 20.6 2.5
1999 TUC AAA 0 1 0 2 2 6.7 9 1 8 1 0% .000 12.1 1.3 1.3 10.7 1.49 5.37 0.0 0.0
2000 ARI MLB 11 7 0 33 32 213.3 226 39 104 38 49% .272 9.5 1.6 1.6 4.4 1.24 4.05 9.9 1.2
2001 ARI MLB 4 9 0 29 22 133.3 156 30 55 25 48% .285 10.5 2.0 1.7 3.7 1.40 5.20 -0.0 0.4
2001 TUC AAA 1 0 0 2 2 12.0 7 2 8 0 0% .000 5.2 1.5 0.0 6.0 0.75 1.50 0.0 0.0
2002 ARI MLB 6 11 0 35 24 156.0 174 32 81 23 49% .289 10.0 1.8 1.3 4.7 1.32 4.79 13.5 1.6
2003 CLE MLB 9 10 0 25 24 148.0 162 32 72 21 44% .285 9.9 1.9 1.3 4.4 1.31 3.71 5.0 0.8
2003 KCA MLB 5 1 0 7 7 49.7 50 11 15 6 46% .265 9.1 2.0 1.1 2.7 1.23 3.99 0.7 0.1
2004 KCA MLB 6 12 0 35 26 166.0 217 53 70 33 35% .313 11.8 2.9 1.8 3.8 1.63 5.64 4.2 0.5
2005 WIC AA 0 0 0 1 1 1.3 5 0 2 1 50% .571 34.6 0.0 6.9 13.8 3.85 13.85 -0.1 -0.0
2005 OMA AAA 0 0 0 1 1 4.3 3 1 2 1 33% .143 6.3 2.1 2.1 4.2 0.93 6.28 -0.1 -0.0
2005 KCA MLB 1 2 0 6 6 30.7 39 4 17 7 45% .305 11.4 1.2 2.1 5.0 1.40 6.75 -2.0 -0.2

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
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)

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

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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.
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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