Over-the-top arm slot; arm is quick and loose; arm action can get lengthy; shows ball in the backside; long stride; slow delivery that takes time to develop; can get off-tempo; inconsistent finish; more comfortable out of the stretch; physical body to handle big workloads; loses composure whenever a close play on the bases doesn't go his way.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High A, Dodgers)
High Leverage Reliever
Four-seam fastball; arm side run at 92-93 mph with control; offering gets flat at higher ranges; lacks command; struggles to spot the fastball glove side regardless of velocity; one reason is due to cutting off finish on fastball; doesn't get out in front to hit glove side; tendency to overthrow; questionable approach when attacking hitters; tries to get away with leaving balls up; held velocity through five innings.
Slider; present above-average offering that flashes plus; vertical bite with cutting action; better command of slider than fastball; creates extension to hit glove side; fights arm slot at times, but can create angles; occasionally gets caught in-between with curveball.
Changeup; below-average offering; didn't turn it over; consistently thrown hard and firm; issue of overthrowing; left up and flat; didn't throw many in either look.
Curveball; below-average offering; 12-6 vertical action; can spin it some; loose offering; used sparingly; may be best off pocketing it.
I gave Anderson a mulligan in my first viewing, as the righty failed to make it out of the first inning. He showed all four of his pitches as well as an intriguing combination of stuff and size, but had absolutely no command of his arsenal.
In my second viewing, he found more success in the box score, but the stuff from his first start may have actually been better. He had several issues in the second start; letting his emotions get to him after plays didn't go his way, constantly missing glove side, and overthrowing. His secondary offerings became firm, including the changeup that registered in the upper-80s in this look.
After these two starts, I haven't seen enough to believe this player can stick in a starting rotation. Instead, I see him becoming a power reliever in a bullpen, where a team can let his arm loose for an inning.
While he can hold his velocity, he's clearly more comfortable out of the stretch. I don't think he'll ever be able to hit glove side due to his delivery. The overthrowing won't allow for development of the changeup, or for answering reliability questions. Lastly, it may be best for him to pocket the curveball, allowing him to work on the aforementioned issues rather than working on throwing all four offerings at High-A.