Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 1/1/13
Mlb-oakland-seattle-april
If per-game production was all that mattered, then Brett Anderson would be sitting comfortably inside our top 100. But alas, innings totals and durability matter, and those are two areas where Anderson falls short. He made his 2012 debut on August 21 against the lowly Twins, and though he only managed 35 innings on the year, they were 35 impressive innings. Believe it or not, Anderson actually displayed some strikeout ability in the minors, but who knows if that will transition to the majors. What we do know is that Anderson has pitched 406 total innings for the Athletics during his four years with the team, which is about as many as most pitchers of his caliber toss in just two seasons. To us Anderson is entering year five, but to his arm it might just feel like year three, and that means a breakout could be on the way. At a Glance Strengths: ERA, WHIP, BB/9 or any rate stat Neutral: L, K/9 Weaknesses: W, K, QS, IP, or any counting stat (due to durability concerns) Player Comparisons Best-case scenario: Jordan Zimmermann (WAS) Likely scenario: Doug Fister (DET), Hiroki Kuroda (NYY), Clay Buchholz (BOS) Worst-case scenario: Injured or someone like Matt Harrison (TEX) Brett Anderson 2013 Fantasy Projection I hate projecting players to get hurt, but even 24 starts out of Anderson seems dicey to me. We went with 140 innings overall, but anything plus or minus 50 innings is a distinct possibility. Assuming that he does stay moderately healthy, you’re going to get a ground ball pitcher in a pitcher’s park (i.e. he might never let up a home run at home). I keep waiting for some of Anderson’s strikeout potential to manifest itself, but given his repertoire and style of pitching I don’t know if he’ll ever be more than league average. His inability to go deep into games will probably cost him some win chances here and there, and overall he won’t give you much in that category, but you have to love those ratios, man. Anderson will definitely deliver in ERA and WHIP when he takes the mound.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Randy Moss beats Antonio Brown in sprints during workout

LeBron James believes his ‘legacy will speak for itself’

WATCH: Crash at Tour de France sidelines riders

Buehrle drank beer during World Series game he pitched

Redick gives Clippers ‘F-minus’ grade for losing Jordan

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: PGA pulls Grand Slam event from Trump course

Three things to watch for on Hard Knocks with the Texans

Pierre-Paul could face charges for possession of fireworks

Report: Warriors trade David Lee to Celtics for Gerald Wallace

Rivers believes Gates' PED use was unintentional

Favre felt 'bothered' by Green Bay's decision to trade him

Sonnen: McGregor is 27 pounds over his weight limit

WATCH: Connor McDavid turns heads in Oilers scrimmage

Member of Pirates grounds crew swallowed by tarp

Video allegedly shows BYU RB recruit being shot

Vin Scully teaching the history of the American flag is a national treasure

Top MLS players at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

How the Pacers' new identity will look

Matt Bonner blames iPhone 6 for elbow injury, shooting woes

Evaluating Tarasenko’s eight-year, $60M contract

Tigers should accept reality and become trade deadline sellers

Five running backs who could break the Heisman Trophy streak

Roy Halladay snaps selfie while getting a speeding ticket

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top MLS players at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Five RBs who could break the Heisman Trophy streak

Watch to watch on Hard Knocks with the Texans

Tigers should become trade deadline sellers

JPP could face criminal charges?

'Corrected' 2015 MLB All-Star Game picks

MLB's 2015 All-Star snubs

Gronk, David Ortiz in latest Dunkin Donuts iced coffee video

The 2015 All-Star reserves & pitchers

Are LeBron, Cavs just playing teenage games?

Bucks threatens move to Vegas, Seattle

Bryce Harper to skip Home Run Derby

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.