Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson
32-Year-Old PitcherSP
Milwaukee Brewers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Anderson battled back after several injury-plagued seasons to clear 175 innings for the first time since 2015. He won 13 games on a playoff team with a 3.89 ERA, though he was barely usable in the rotisserie game given his ultra-low strikeout rate (12.1%). The lefty racked up a mere 90 strikeouts, 24 fewer than any other qualified starter. He made up for the lack of swing and miss to an extent with a low walk rate and by trimming his home-run rate in a record-setting HR season in Major League Baseball. Anderson is a sinkerball pitcher with a career groundball rate pushing 57%, and he was still right up near that mark in 2019. He joined the Brewers in free agency, and the move from cavernous Oakland Coliseum to Miller Park takes away most of his appeal as a streamer. He'll be a last resort in weeks where you're desperate for a win. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Brewers in December of 2019. The deal contains an additional $2 million in incentives.
Takes second loss
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 13, 2020
Anderson (0-2) took the loss against the Cubs on Thursday, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five.
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Anderson needed 87 pitches to get through 4.1 frames, but he was able to limit the damage to a pair of runs despite allowing eight baserunners. The southpaw has increased his innings total and pitch count in each turn through the rotation, though he has yet to go deep enough to qualify for a win. Anderson now sports a 4.91 ERA and 1.64 WHIP through three starts. He'll next take the mound in a road matchup against a tough Minnesota offense Tuesday.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
69
Last 10 Games
69
Last 5 Games
69
How many pitches does Brett Anderson generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-49%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .230 278 31 19 57 13 0 5
Since 2018vs Right .286 852 115 47 228 44 3 27
2020vs Left .167 9 3 2 1 0 0 1
2020vs Right .325 45 6 2 13 3 0 1
2019vs Left .221 192 19 12 38 6 0 3
2019vs Right .280 551 71 37 143 27 2 17
2018vs Left .257 77 9 5 18 7 0 1
2018vs Right .293 256 38 8 72 14 1 9
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-4%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-23%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-31%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-67%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.01 1.33 119.0 6 8 0 4.2 2.7 0.9
Since 2018Away 4.19 1.30 148.1 11 8 0 5.5 1.8 1.2
2020Home 5.40 1.65 6.2 0 1 0 5.4 2.7 1.4
2020Away 4.15 1.62 4.1 0 1 0 10.4 4.2 2.1
2019Home 4.67 1.49 81.0 4 6 0 4.2 3.2 1.1
2019Away 3.22 1.15 95.0 9 3 0 4.9 1.9 0.9
2018Home 2.01 0.83 31.1 2 1 0 3.7 1.4 0.3
2018Away 6.06 1.57 49.0 2 4 0 6.2 1.5 1.7
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Stat Review
How does Brett Anderson compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.25
 
K/9
7.4
 
BB/9
3.3
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
89.6 mph
 
ERA
4.91
 
WHIP
1.64
 
BABIP
.353
 
GB/FB
5.40
 
Left On Base
72.4%
 
Exit Velocity
81.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.1%
 
Spin Rate
1869 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
28.2%
 
Swinging Strike
6.3%
 
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Anderson inked a minor-league deal with the A's just one week before the season, reuniting with the team he debuted with in 2009. The lefty opened the year in the minors but earned a spot in the big-league rotation at the start of May after posting a 1.89 ERA and 25:2 K:BB across four minor-league starts (19 innings). Following his promotion, Anderson, who had been limited to just 66.2 innings over the prior two seasons due to injuries, was once again bitten by the injury bug. He spent more than two months on the disabled list due to shoulder and forearm issues. When healthy, Anderson struggled with consistency, finishing the year with a 4-5 record and 4.48 ERA across 17 starts (80.1 innings). He posted an ERA north of 6.40 in two months but also notched a 2.15 ERA in August. Entering his age-31 season, Anderson remains a risky fantasy option given his extensive injury history coupled with his inability to miss bats (5.3 K/9 in 2018).
Anderson was signed by the Cubs as a rotation depth option last offseason, but he made just six starts before getting placed on the 60-day DL with a back injury. Once he was activated in late July, the Cubs designated him for assignment and released him, opening the door for Anderson to ink a minor-league deal with Toronto. He fared better with the Jays, but still fell short of his FIP (3.82) with a 5.13 ERA over his seven starts. Injuries have robbed Anderson of significant time throughout his big-league career. While a team looking to get decent innings in the back of the rotation at an affordable price might be inclined to sign him as a starter, a move to the bullpen may extend his career, and could help his bid to stay healthy with the expectation of 50-60 innings instead of 150-plus. Additionally, an increase in velocity on his fastball could make that pitch more effective, and a shift to relief work could also allow him to scrap his curveball if desired.
His fragility is an old joke at this point, but like a sketch on Saturday Night Live, tell the joke enough times and it becomes funny again. Anderson deserves credit for the 180 innings that he pitched as recently as 2015, but that was the only campaign that saw more than 45 frames from the southpaw since 2011, and to count on anything more than a handful of starts constitutes naive optimism at this point. Even when he is on the mound, the lack of strikeouts often leave Anderson vulnerable to the whimsy of balls in play, denting his fantasy value by making him at best a three-category pitcher but one with the downside to adversely impact ratios. There is little incentive to drafting the lefty at this point even after joining the reigning world-champion Cubs, unless playing in a league that has a half-dozen DL spots.
Signed to a one-year, incentive-laden deal last winter, the notoriously oft-injured Anderson gave the Dodgers everything they could have asked for and perhaps more, setting career highs in starts (31) and innings (180.3) while posting a 3.69 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. His 5.8 K/9 was a career low, but Anderson's GB/FB was an elite 4.5 and he maintained solid control (2.3 BB/9). His 90.7 mph average fastball was in line with his career average, and though he finished on a down note in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Mets (3 IP, 6 ER), that shouldn't detract from what was overall a solid season. It was impressive to see what he was able to do as a relatively miscast No. 3 starter (due to the injuries to Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy). Anderson accepted the club's one-year $15.8 million qualifying offer in November but an injury once again stole the headlines this offseason, as he is slated to miss three to five months with a bulging disk in his back. Given that timetable, it is tough to invest in Anderson in most formats.
The Rockies took a major risk in acquiring the polished, yet injury-prone Anderson from the Athletics last winter, but the gambit looked like it would pay off by midseason, as the lefty emerged as a veritable staff ace with a 2.84 ERA and 60 percent groundball rate over four July outings. Unfortunately, it was a fractured pinkie and eventual season-ending back surgery in August that added yet another chapter to Anderson’s extensive injury history, preventing him from topping the 100-inning mark for the fourth consecutive season. Despite their annual need for pitching help and the flashes of frontline potential Anderson demonstrated last season, the Rockies were unwilling to pick up his $12 million option due to his continued inability to stay healthy. The Dodgers signed him to an incentive-laden one-year deal in December, where he will get an opportunity to get his career back on track.
Anderson added to his injury-prone reputation by throwing just 44.2 innings in 2013 after suffering an ankle injury early in the season and never fully recovering. The difference in his 2013 campaign was that when he did actually pitch, he wasn't even remotely effective. Anderson compiled a 6.04 ERA in 2013 while making five starts and 11 relief appearances. The A's hoped he would provide a presence in the back end of the bullpen while also saving his arm, but his ERA was 4.71 as a reliever. Anderson does have a ton of potential and upside (he still struck out more than a batter per inning in 2013), but the likelihood of him ever cashing in on it lessens each season. The Rockies acquired Anderson in December, with the hope that he'll be able to overcome the injury bug and having to pitch half of his games at Coors Field.
Anderson made a very successful return from Tommy John surgery and immediately slotted in as the A's ace down the stretch, making six regular season starts while compiling an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP around 1.00. He did suffer a strained oblique in September, but looked fully recovered from that with a very effective outing in the ALDS. The main concern with Anderson is that his strikeout rate has never been as high as it was a rookie. The hope is the that the strikeouts pop back up with full health, and a healthy Anderson has a chance to move into the elite level of arms in the American League.
Anderson underwent Tommy John surgery in July, which is expected to keep him sidelined until at least the All-Star break. He was humming right along with a tidy 2.77 ERA through his first seven starts, allowing 47 hits and a 35:8 K:BB over 48.2 innings, and tossing in a solid eight-inning start against the Angels in late May before leaving a start a week later and never returning. Anderson's arsenal featured a nasty slider prior to the injury, so it will be interesting to see how well and how often he's able to throw it upon his return. It's unlikely that he'll offer much more than 90 innings or so in 2012, but those in keeper leagues where Anderson is available won't want to forget about him.
Anderson battled elbow problems for most of the first half of the season, limiting him to six starts before the All-Star break and just 19 overall. His strikeout rate dipped upon his return, perhaps a concession that his nasty slider was putting too much strain on his arm, as he fanned just 53 batters over his final 81.2 innings after returning from his second stint on the DL. His excellent control and home ballpark, combined with the A's offseason focus on getting more offense, should place him among the AL's elite if he can stay healthy, even if he doesn't approach 200 strikeouts in a full season.
Anderson earned a spot in the A's rotation with a strong spring despite just six starts above Single-A entering the season. He was the A's ace by mid-season, posting a 3.48 ERA, 1.193 WHIP and a superb 86:20 K:BB rate over his final 14 starts covering 88 innings. He carved up righties, holding them to a .247 BAA and fanning 114 in 130.1 innings. He seems destined to be the next A's ace and should build upon a nice rookie season.
Anderson continued to rocket through the minors, starting six games at Double-A Midland as a 20-year old. His composite season totals (105 innings, 95 hits, 27 walks, 118 Ks) and projectable frame (6'4 and left-handed) gives the A's a legit No. 1 starter prospect. A mid-season promotion to Triple-A Sacramento is all but a given, lining him up for a 2010 major-league debut.
A 2006 second-round pick, Anderson has an excellent strikeout rate and command which drew a mid-season promotion to High-A Visalia and put him on the keeper league radar. The 6-4 southpaw finished his first season as a pro with a 125:21 K:BB ratio in 120.1 combined innings between Low- and High-A, which is even more impressive when you consider that Anderson was just 19 years old. His command and mound presence are well above average for his level of experience, a byproduct of his background as the son of highly-regarded college pitching coach - and current Oklahoma State manager - Frank Anderson. Anderson wasn't as lights out after his promotion to High-A, but he's got the potential to move fast through Oakland's system after coming over from Arizona in the Dan Haren trade.
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Takes first loss as Brewer
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 8, 2020
Anderson (0-1) was charged with three runs (two earned) on four hits over 3.2 innings in a loss to the Reds on Saturday. He struck out two and walked two.
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Short outing in 2020 debut
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 4, 2020
Anderson (finger) didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 6-4 loss to the White Sox, giving up two runs on five hits over three innings. He struck out two.
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Activated ahead of start
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 3, 2020
Anderson (finger) was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of his scheduled start against the White Sox on Monday.
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Sunday's doubleheader postponed
PMilwaukee Brewers
Finger
August 1, 2020
Anderson (finger) won't make his scheduled start during Sunday's doubleheader against the Cardinals since both games were postponed due to multiple positive tests for COVID-19, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Saturday's game postponed
PMilwaukee Brewers
Finger
August 1, 2020
Anderson (finger) won't make his scheduled start Saturday since the game was postponed after the Cardinals produced multiple positive tests for COVID-19, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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