It is a bit of deja vu in labeling Oakland A's SP Brett Anderson as sleeper for 2013 fantasy baseball drafts as we were once at this juncture going back to before the 2010 season. A 21-year-old Anderson came up as a rookie in 2009 and opened more than a few years by pitching to a 4.06 ERA and striking out 150 batters in 175.2 IP and showing poise beyond his young years. Unfortunately Anderson has been nothing but a frustrating injury mess, undergoing Tommy John surgery not once but TWICE since that time period and in the process almost completely erase his name from the minds of fantasy baseball owners everywhere. Well Anderson announced during the second half of last season in his latest comeback from the TJ surgery that he is alive and well and still fully capable of being a key man in a make-believe rotation. During the heat of a pennant race, Anderson compiled a very impressive 2.57 ERA and 1.03 WHIP while striking out 25 guys in only 35 innings. He was a major difference-maker for the A's down the stretch and also for those smart fantasy baseball owners who saw a major bargain that ultimately won them 4 crucial games. Now as we enter the 2013 season, Anderson is a name who once again needs to be stored in the back of your drafting mind and whose very cheap stock could yield some impressive value results.
Looking deeper into Anderson's arsenal, the still very young 25-year-old is as crafty and intelligent as they come who is blessed with an impressive array of pitches. While not a flamethrower by any means, Anderson has shown he can pick up some strikeouts with his great movement and ability to change speeds. Also having top notch control allows Anderson to be a major WHIP helper as his 1.03 mark from last season showed you. Going back to his great stuff. Anderson also is a guy who has pitched to a career 3.57 ERA while not even getting to his prime yet. Pitching in spacious Oakland Coliseum is always a recipe for ERA and WHIP success and that alone makes Anderson a very intriguing pick.
All in all, Brett Anderson is a potentially terrific fantasy baseball investment as a late round pitcher who can vastly outpitch his draft price. Again you want to add as much value to your roster as you can and in Anderson, the chances are very good for a nice payoff altogether.
2013 PROJECTION: 11-5 3.24 ERA 1.15 WHIP 153 K
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