big, broad frame; ¾ arm slot; physical, muscular lower half; build of an innings eating horse; broad shoulders with a filler out upper half; medium high leg kick creates good momentum to the plate; front side gets high but stays closed a long time then hips and shoulders rotate on time as arm comes through; shorter arm action but doesn't cheat to get to offspeed; repeats mechanics with ease but lacks finish at times; has a lot of effort in delivery; often falls off to 1B side; true strike thrower; has little deception and can get very deliberate with delivery.
Akron RubberDucks (AA, Indians)
45; swing guy
settled more in 89-91 range; uses big frame to create good downhill plane and sink; will use to get in to righties; more control than command.
tight spin; sharp, late break with some tilt; flashed plus; will backdoor lefties and throw away to righties; showed ability to throw for strike and chase pitch; can get soft and breaks early allowing hitters to see it; out pitch.
arm-side sink; comes from same arm motion as FB; needs more command within zone to become effective swing and miss pitch; works better in lower part of velocity band; presently below average.
loose spin, can get loopy; shows depth but also can break early and visible for hitters early; 11-5 shape with some bite when stayed on top; did throw for strike often; more change of pace pitch then weapon.
Cody Anderson is a big, physical starter who has true strike throwing ability. He has some polish but he’s not perfect. He pounded the zone with strikes but left many pitches up that found hard contact. Presently, Anderson has more control than command. While he threw almost everything in the zone, he wasn’t pinpoint and really hitting his spots. Anderson has the build to withstand the longevity of a season and could eat innings though, which is a real positive. Overall, his stuff will play mostly average but the Slider can flash plus, making it a major league out pitch.
Overall Command profile: average to solid avg; more control than command.