The Seattle Mariners added to their ever-growing group of pitchers, by signing Cody Anderson. Here are six things to know about the club’s latest addition.
The Seattle Mariners have a multitude of pitching options to consider in 2020 and now you can add another name to the list. As reported by Greg Johns of MLB.com, the club has signed Cody Anderson to a minor league deal.
While Anderson will likely only get a shot at the starting rotation if there is a buildup of injuries, he still makes for an intriguing addition. Here are six things to know about the Mariners’ newest pitcher:
1. Anderson was originally selected in the 17th round of the 2010 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, but didn’t sign and instead returned to college. He was drafted the following year in the 14th round by the Cleveland Indians, and this time decided to sign.
2. Anderson started to make a name for himself in 2013, making 26 starts and racking up a 2.65 ERA along with 122 strikeouts in 136 innings. He won the Bob Feller Award as the Indians’ best minor league pitcher, while also being named the Carolina League’s pitcher of the year.
3. Anderson’s best season to date in the Majors was his first in 2015, when he went 7-3 in 15 starts. He recorded an excellent 3.05 ERA and 1.106 WHIP, while allowing just 2.4 walks per nine innings.
4. Arguably Anderson’s best performance during his rookie year came during his second career start, ironically against the Rays. He had a perfect game through 6.1 innings, and went on to allow just one earned run and two hits through eight innings in a 7-1 win.
5. Disaster struck for Anderson during spring training in 2017, when he suffered an elbow injury which required Tommy John surgery. As a result, he missed two entire seasons while rehabbing.
6. Anderson’s pitching arsenal sees him mostly rely on a 95 mph four-seam fastball and 86 mph change-up. He does also have a 83 mph curve ball he can fall back on, along with a 94 mph cutter which he very rarely uses.
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