Minor League Prospect Note: Tyler Anderson, LHP, Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies pitching prospect Tyler Anderson is on a good run for the Low-A Asheville Tourists in the South Atlantic League. He is 4-0 in his last seven starts, with a 32/12 K/BB ratio in 44 innings and a 1.42 ERA. Overall, he is 10-2 in 17 starts, with a 2.47 ERA, 65/26 K/BB ratio in 102 innings, 84 hits allowed, with a 1.59 GO/AO and only four homers allowed all year.
Anderson ranks second in the league in ERA and WHIP.
Drafted in the first round from the University of Oregon in 2011, Anderson is a 6-4, 215-pound lefty born December 30, 1989. He has average velocity in the upper-80s/low-90s, but keeps the ball down and is adept at collecting grounders. His changeup draws good reviews, and his breaking pitches (slider, curve) are reasonably advanced. Command and control are his best attributes at this point, league observers praising his ability to locate his secondary pitches, the slider in particular. He projects as a durable mid-rotation type.
Anderson has performed well this year, although as a college guy in Low-A, this should be expected. The main sabermetric warning sign is a low strikeout rate. The ground balls help, but we'll have to see if he's able to put hitters away consistently at higher levels.