Brian Anderson (third baseman)

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Brian Anderson
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Anderson with the Miami Marlins in 2018
Miami Marlins – No. 15
Third baseman
Born: (1993-05-19) May 19, 1993 (age 27)
Edmond, Oklahoma
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2017, for the Miami Marlins
MLB statistics
(through April 18, 2021)
Batting average.262
Home runs43
Runs batted in181

Brian Wade Anderson (born May 19, 1993) is an American professional baseball third baseman and right fielder for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2017. Anderson played college baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Amateur career[edit]

Anderson attended Deer Creek High School in Edmond, Oklahoma and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 20th round of the 2011 MLB draft.[1] He did not sign with the Twins and enrolled at the University of Arkansas, where he played college baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks.[2]

Anderson playing third base at Arkansas

Anderson contributed as a freshman during the 2012 Razorbacks season.[3] Anderson played 47 games, mixed among second base, third base, and right field for the Hogs, hitting .283 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI. The Razorbacks reached the 2012 College World Series and ended the season ranked #3 nationally.

In 2013, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[4]

During Anderson's junior season at Arkansas, the 2014 Razorbacks finished 40–25 and were eliminated in the NCAA Tournament Regionals. Anderson hit .328 and played third base and right field.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Minor Leagues[edit]

After his junior year, the Miami Marlins selected Anderson in the third round of the 2014 MLB draft.[6] Anderson made his professional debut with the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League and was promoted to the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League after 20 games. In 59 total games between the two teams, he slashed .300/.363/.496 with 11 home runs and 49 RBIs.

In 2015, Anderson played for the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League where he batted .235 with eight home runs and 62 RBIs in 132 games. After the regular season, he played in the Arizona Fall League.[7]

In 2016, Anderson played for both Jupiter and the Jacksonville Suns of the Class AA Southern League[8] where he compiled a combined .265 batting average with 11 home runs, 65 RBIs, and 21 doubles in 135 games between the two teams. He was named the Marlins Minor League Player of the Year.[9] He played in the Arizona Fall League after the season for the second consecutive year.[10][11]

Miami Marlins[edit]

In 2017, Anderson spent the season with both Jacksonville and the New Orleans Baby Cakes of the Class AAA International League, batting .275 with 22 home runs, 81 RBIs, and an .853 OPS in 120 games.[12] Midway through the season, Anderson represented the Marlins in the 2017 All-Star Futures Game. On September 1, 2017, The Marlins promoted Anderson to MLB from New Orleans, and he made his MLB debut that day.[13]

In 2018, Anderson started the season with the Marlins at third base.[14] He hit his first career home run on April 2, 2018, off Boston Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson at Marlins Park.[15] He led all Marlins players in games played (156), plate appearances (670) and runs scored (87).[16] His season earned him mention as a possible National League Rookie of the Year contender, ultimately won by Ronald Acuña Jr.[5]

In 2019, During his second full MLB season, Anderson set career highs in home runs (20), runs batted in (66) and OPS (.811).[12] He also performed well defensively, totaling nine outfield assists in only 55 appearances in right field. On August 23, he fractured his left fifth metacarpal when he was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the third inning.[17] The injury did not require surgery, but ended his season prematurely.

On August 5, 2020, Anderson started at first base for the first time in his MLB career.[18] In 2020, on defense he led NL third basemen in errors, with nine.[19] On offense, Anderson slashed .255/.345/.465 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 200 at-bats.[20]


  1. ^ "MLB Draft coming out party for Deer Creek". June 9, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "WholeHogSports - Freshman filling in nicely for Hogs". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Holt, Bob. "Grand in finales - Razorbacks battered, bruised … triumphant". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Little Rock, Arkansas: WEHCO Media. ISSN 1060-4332. Retrieved January 31, 2021 – via NewsBank.
  4. ^ "#24 Brian Anderson - Profile". Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  5. ^ a b The Associated Press (July 24, 2018). "Former Hog solid for young Marlins, is contender for National League rookie of the year". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Little Rock, Arkansas: WEHCO Media. ISSN 1060-4332. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  6. ^ ANDRES, FOCIL (July 23, 2014). "Anderson Selected by Miami Marlins in 2014 MLB Draft". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "BRIAN ANDERSON". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Brian Anderson Made Strides For Marlins -". September 9, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Marlins reward Luis Castillo, Brian Anderson". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Arizona Fall League Mesa notebook: Miami Marlins prospect Brian Anderson stays hot in the desert - News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  11. ^ "Marlins' AFL report on prospect Brian Anderson". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Brian Anderson Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  13. ^ Spencer, Clark (1 September 2017). "Marlins need some call-up magic from Brian Anderson". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  14. ^ Hennessy, Patrick (16 March 2018). "Brian Anderson: Marlin on the Rise". Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Another solid start for Red Sox as Johnson beats Marlins". ESPN. Associated Press. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  16. ^ "2018 Miami Marlins Statistics". Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  17. ^ Sussman, Ely (2019-08-24). "Marlins injury updates: Brian Anderson's hand; Miguel Rojas, César Puello on rehab; Jesús Sánchez". Fish Stripes. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  18. ^ Joe Frisaro (August 5, 2020). "Marlins' makeshift staff completes DH sweep". Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  19. ^ "2020 National League Third Base".
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