Tyler Anderson

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Tyler Anderson
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Anderson pitching for the Colorado Rockies in 2018
Free agent
Born: (1989-12-30) December 30, 1989 (age 31)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 12, 2016, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Win–loss record22–27
Earned run average4.65

Tyler John Anderson (born December 30, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants. He played college baseball for the University of Oregon. The Rockies] selected Anderson in the first round, with the 20th overall selection, of the 2011 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut in 2016.

Amateur career[edit]

Anderson attended Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he played four seasons of varsity baseball. While serving as the assistant coach for the Oregon Ducks baseball team, Andrew Checketts discovered Anderson while pitching against a rival high school.[1] The Minnesota Twins selected Anderson in the 50th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, but he did not sign.[2]

Anderson enrolled at the University of Oregon as a political science major, and played college baseball for the Ducks. In 2010, his sophomore year, he was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference Team with a 2.98 ERA (5th Pac-10), and his 105 strikeouts were a new Oregon single-season record, and ranked sixth in the Pac-10.[3] In 2011, Anderson's junior year, Louisville Slugger named Anderson a Second Team All-American and he was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference Team, after he had an 8-3 record and set two Oregon single-season records. pitching 107.2 innings while striking out 114 batters (5th Pac-10), with a 2.17 ERA (4th Pac-10) while holding opposing batters to a .201 batting average (5th Pac-10).[3] In three seasons, Anderson became the Ducks' all-time leader in strikeouts with 285.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

The Rockies selected Anderson in the first round, with the 20th overall selection, of the 2011 MLB draft, and he signed for a signing bonus of $1.4 million.[5][6][7]

After pitching for the Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League (SAL) in 2012, Anderson was named an SAL Post-Season All-Star.[8] In 20 starts, he was 12-3 with a 2.47 ERA.

Prior to the 2013 season, MLB named him the 6th-best prospect in the Rockies system. He spent the 2013 season with the Tri-City Dust Devils and the Modesto Nuts, going 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 16 total starts between both teams. During the season, he suffered a stress fracture in his elbow, and the Rockies had him on a strict pitch limit in 2014.[9]

Pitching for the Tulsa Drillers in 2014, Anderson had a 7-4 record with a 2.08 ERA and 100 strikeouts in ​112 13 innings pitched (23 starts), and was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Year.[10] He was added to the Rockies' 40-man roster on November 20, 2014.[11]

The stress fracture in Anderson's elbow prevented him from participating in spring training in 2015, and he also missed the rest of the season.[12][13] He began 2016 with the Hartford Yard Goats and was promoted to the Albuquerque Isotopes in late May.

On June 11, 2016, the Rockies called up Anderson and placed Jake McGee on the disabled list. Anderson made his MLB debut the following day. He spent the remainder of the season with the Rockies, going 5-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 19 starts.

In 2017, Anderson's first full season in the major leagues, he was 6-6 with a 4.81 ERA in 17 games (15 starts). He missed the last three months of the season due to left knee inflammation that required arthroscopic surgery.[14]

In 2018 he was 7-9 with a 4.55 ERA in 32 starts in which he pitched 176 innings.[15] He led the major leagues in stolen bases of third base allowed, with seven, while also leading the NL in home runs allowed, with 30.

He began the 2019 season in the Rockies rotation but was quickly placed on the disabled list with knee inflammation.[16] He came off the disabled list a week later and made five starts before being demoted to AAA. He was placed on the disabled list after the demotion due to continued knee discomfort.[17] On June 11 he underwent major season-ending surgery for to correct a chondral defect (an area of damage to the cartilage that lines the end of the bones in the knee) in his left knee, which was expected to require a lengthy recovery time.[18] In 2019 with the Rockies he was 0-3 with an 11.76 ERA in five starts covering ​20 23 innings in which he struck out 23 batters.[15]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

On October 30, 2019, Anderson was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants.[19] On December 2, Anderson was non-tendered and became a free agent.[20] The following day, on December 3, Anderson re-signed with the Giants on a one-year major league contract.[21] The contract calls for a $1,775,000 salary plus $500,000 in possible roster bonuses and $350,000 in possible performance bonuses based on number of innings pitched.[22] Anderson threw the first complete game of his career on August 22, 2020, in a 5–1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.[23] He finished the season with a 4-3 record in 13 games (11 starts).


  1. ^ "Friday's start likely will be Oregon ace Tyler Anderson's last for the Ducks". OregonLive.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "Spring Valley High grad Tyler Anderson expected to go in first round of baseball draft". LasVegasSun.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Tyler Anderson - Baseball - University of Oregon Athletics". Goducks.com. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "Oregon's Tyler Anderson named 2nd-team All-American". OregonLive.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "Colorado Rockies draft Oregon pitcher". Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "Rockies select left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson, infielder Trevor Story on the first day of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft". Colorado Rockies. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  7. ^ "Tyler Anderson". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Tyler Anderson Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights | Asheville Tourists Stats". Milb.com. December 30, 1989. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  9. ^ "Colorado Rockies' Tyler Anderson deals well with change - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  10. ^ "Tulsa Drillers' Tyler Anderson earns Texas League honors - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  11. ^ "Rockies add Tyler Anderson to 40-man roster; designate Juan Nicasio". DenverPost.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  12. ^ "Tyler Anderson, Rockies pitching prospect, still battling elbow problems". denverpost.com. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  13. ^ "Tyler Anderson, Rockies prospect, not throwing yet". On the Rox. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  14. ^ Rockies injuries: Tyler Anderson headed for surgery, DJ LeMahieu departs game with groin injury - Purple Row
  15. ^ a b "Tyler Anderson Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  16. ^ Harding, Thomas (April 7, 2019). "Tyler Anderson placed on IL with knee ailment". MLB.com. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  17. ^ Keeler, Sean (May 12, 2019). "Why Rockies lefty Tyler Anderson is calling in help, and second opinion, in battle over his wounded knee". Denverpost.com. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  18. ^ Saunders, Patrick (September 11, 2019). "Rockies' Tyler Anderson facing long recovery from knee surgery". Denverpost.com. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  19. ^ Kerry Crowley (October 30, 2019). "Giants make first acquisition of offseason, add left-handed starting pitcher". The Mercury News. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  20. ^ Kerry Crowley (December 2, 2019). "Giants cut ties with Kevin Pillar, center field becomes a question mark again". The Mercury News. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  21. ^ Michael Nowels (December 3, 2019). "Giants sign ex-Rockies starter who they claimed, then cut". The Mercury News. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  22. ^ "Tyler Anderson's deal with San Francisco Giants laden with incentives"
  23. ^ Guardado, Maria (August 22, 2020). "Yaz's amazing catch helps Anderson to CG". MLB.com. Retrieved August 23, 2020.

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