By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 14, 2011
Now for a few words about Oregon left-handed starting pitcher Tyler Anderson. I’ve seen him in 2010 and now in 2011 and the immediate difference is the quality and confidence in his put-away change-up. Next time I talk to Anderson, I’ll have to ask him about how he developed the pitch over the past year, or if he was allowed to bring it more into the game against the new bats. The second factor to understand is that when you put a grade like a 54-55 on a left-handed starter, it starts to jack up his value to more like a 56-58 right-handed starter. That puts a guy very high in the first round. The final factor to recognize is that this guy has a very good feel for sequence and deception. You don’t always find that in college baseball, even when the starters have the right to say no to a sign. You can’t teach a guy how to have a feel for using stuff, that intangible is there or it isn’t.
You’re about to read the scouting report I wrote on him, and I can assure you that this report will read a lot closer to the reports filed inside the electronic catacombs of all the major league clubs than what you may find elsewhere.
Tyler Anderson, LHS
University of Oregon
Games Seen 1, Innings: 8 (not including 2010)
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Tall, broad shoulders, long arms, mid-waist, strong thighs and hips.
ABILITIES: Complete confidence in plus change-up with sink, deception and feel, 81-83, thrown as straight change and also with sink any time in count. FB 88-92, comfortable 91, downhill life, natural sink, not afraid to challenge RHH, CHG makes FB play up. OK slider for third look, enough tilt, uses to change eye level for FB, 76-77. Aggressive up-tempo strike thrower with a little quirk in the back leading to a smooth, easy arm action across top, throws across the body and creates deception. Above-average FB and CHG control.
WEAKNESS: Occasionally tries to throw harder than mechanics will allow for, though usually self corrects. Wouldn’t try to take the funk out of him once he signs.
SUMMARY: Aggressive 3-pitch LH strike thrower with advanced feel and put-away change-up profiles as No. 1 or No. 2 ML starter.
Grades: FB 5/6, CHG 6/6, Slider 4/5, Control 6/6, Command 6/6. OFP range: 54-55