Future Watch: Ian Anderson Rookie Baseball Cards, Braves – Ian Anderson was selected with the 3rd overall pick in the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft. Born in Rexford, New York, he was drafted by the rival Atlanta Braves. This soon to be 19-year-old pitcher has a lot of promise.
Last season he played for two developmental leagues. With both squads, he managed to pitch 39 2/3 innings, he gave up only 33 hits, 12 walks and a 2.72 ERA with a 1-2 record. In the 10 games in which he appeared, he had 36 strikeouts. There’s a lot of tools in this hurler’s toolbox.
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
Tall and projectable with the ability to add strength, Anderson throws his fastball in the 91-95 mph range with good downhill angle. His breaking ball can be plus at times, getting swings and misses. It has slurve action at this point, but could tighten up and become a true slider in time. Anderson has good feel for an average changeup as well. He’s generally around the strike zone and attacks hitters. ETA 2020
Having been on scouts radar at a young age, Ian Anderson already has several autographed baseball cards in the market. The first of these were released in 2015 by Leaf and Panini. Anderson’s first Topps cards appeared in 2016 Bowman Draft and 2016 Bowman’s Best. He also hase cards in the recently released 2017 Panini Stars & Stripes.
The 6′-3″ right handed starter has a body that can put on some muscle in the next few years. That will help him get through the rigors of the position and maybe it will add a bit to his fastball.
With this delivery, the batter doesn’t see the ball until the last minute:
The Braves have a strong farm system and now they added more pitching depth. By the time Anderson is ready to toe the mound at the Braves new stadium they may very well be a contending team.
The pride of Shenendowa, High School once struck out 16 batters in an important game with scouts in attendance. The Braves are hoping to see that kind of output at the next level.
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