By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
July 15, 2010
Tyler Anderson is your classic crafty left-hander. Have a look at some pitches at UCLA and we’ll break him down thereafter.
A tall dude with high hips, broad shoulders, long legs and a strong chest, Johnson isn’t a power arm, but excels at being a guessing game guy. This means he’s not afraid to pitch with his fastball and really not afraid to pitch with his secondary stuff. The velocity in this look was a pedestrian 89-91, but it’s more than enough for a left-hander. His fastball command, however, is an above-average weapon and his fastball movement grades to big league average. The slider here was 77-84, averaged 81, again with better movement and command than velocity. The change-up for right-handers worked well enough here, 81-82, average 81, with the ability most of the time to put it where he wanted.
Amderson uses other tricks of the trade to help him irritate hitters. He works with a deliberate pace and holds runners. His fastball gets arm-side run and he’s fearless with it against metal, which I liked. His arm speed is average, which is sufficient for him. He could stand to add more power to his slider in the coming years. He will change speeds off his fastball and his change-up, make four pitches out of two, and has a really advanced feel for a college guy.