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2016 MLB Draft: Ian Anderson, RHP, Shenendehowa, New York

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Let's look at more high school pitching for the 2016 MLB draft, turning our attention to Ian Anderson, a right-hander from Shenendohowa High in Clifton Park, N.Y.

Anderson is another Vanderbilt recruit, but like fellow Commodores commit Braxton Garrett, it is unlikely he will get to school if he is selected where his talent warrants. Although he hails from a cold-weather area, Anderson is well-known to scouts thanks to his summer pitching for Team USA and on the showcase circuit. As a result, the fact that he missed some pitching time this spring with a strained oblique hasn't reduced his draft stock.

Anderson is a 6-3, 170 pounder, born May 2nd, 1998. He already throws his fastball at 91-94 MPH with peaks at 96-97; the heat isn't straight, either, and there is additional physical projection in his frame. In time he could hold the mid-90s consistently. Reports on the breaking ball vary: some rate it as a plus curveball in the upper 70s with strong shape, while other observers note more of a slurve action in the low 80s that could use some tightening. The reports are not necessarily contradictory and perhaps he can separate the breaking ball into a distinct curve and slider in pro ball. All accounts agree that he has a very good change-up.

Overall, Anderson features an impressive combination of present velocity, additional projection, and a good chance for at least two and perhaps three above-average secondary pitches. His control is also solid and he is more polished than the typical cold weather talent.

Assuming that teams are satisfied with his health status, he will be a first round pick.

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