MESA, Ariz. — Brian Anderson had a great 2016 down on the farm — he was named the Miami Marlins minor leaguer of the year by MiLB.com — and celebrated the feat with a solid fall showing with the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. Above, you can watch more than a dozen of his at-bats as a member of the Solar Sox in AFL play from October and November, 2016.
Anderson, who split the summer of 2016 between the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads and the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (who were at the time known as the Jacksonville Suns), slashed .265/.348/.389/.737 with 11 home runs and 21 doubles across 483 at-bats over 135 summer games.
Brian Anderson scouting report
As you can see in his AFL video above, a big leg kick provides Anderson the timing structure and leverage to create power and use his bat speed to wreak havoc on pitchers; however, the leg kick also provides a tough timing mechanism that can leave him out front and fooled on off-speed stuff at times, as well. Still, considering he struck out just 97 times in 483 at-bats last summer, Anderson shows the ability to keep his weight back and make contact. Should he continue to show the ability to do that in the upper levels of the minor leagues, it’ll serve him well against better pitching.
Primarily a third baseman, Anderson will need to develop power to stick in the infield corners, but at his age and level (he’ll be 24 years old in May, and he’ll likely start 2017 with the Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes), he’s right on track to have a significant impact on the Marlins’ big league club by 2018.
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