Brian Anderson scouting report
Brian Anderson, the Miami Marlins‘ top position player prospect by most accounts, will go as far in his career as his bat can take him. A stellar defender and versatile athlete during his college career at the University of Arkansas, Anderson has really only seen significant time at third base in his professional career, and a slump at the plate with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads in 2015 set him back a bit as far as his prospect hype was concerned.
But the second time through the Florida State League proved to be the charm for Anderson in 2016, and a .302/.377/.440/.816 slash line through 49 games (182 at-bats) there earned him a trip to Double-A and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Now, he’s right back on track entering 2017 after slashing .243/.330/.359/.689 across 86 games (301 at-bats) in Jacksonville, and then leading the Arizona Fall League‘s Mesa Solar Sox in home runs (with five) to wrap up his 2016 season.
Brian Anderson scouting report — physical tools and projection
Anderson is a tall, lanky athlete who profiles well at third base, or eventually first base, as he ages. He needs to hit for power to stick at either position, though, and filling out a bit in his physical frame would do him well to that end. Still, impressive raw power in batting practice, and the hints of an ability to translate that power to his game swing leave Anderson an easy project upon which to dream. He has above-average barrel control, and doesn’t strike out as much as one might expect for a young, growing power hitter, and yet he has significant holes in his swing — specifically at the bottom of the strike zone, where he struggles to go down and drive knee-high pitches with authority.
A big leg kick leaves him heavily timing-dependent, and with it, he can struggle at times to adjust to off-speed pitches and fastballs low in the zone. Of course, as you might suspect (and as you can see in a few swings in that video above), Anderson’s leg kick is also critical in how it aides his power profile and bat speed.
Brian Anderson scouting report — what’s ahead in 2017
Anderson’s high profile and good work in the mid-level minors last year earned him a shot at the Marlins’ big league spring training early this season as a non-roster invite. He almost certainly won’t make the big league club out of camp, of course, and figures to be ticketed for either another Double-A round in Jacksonville, or Triple-A with the New Orleans Baby Cakes, to begin 2017.
Either way, the most conservative projections for Anderson would have him making an impact on the big league club by the middle of 2018. Depending on how the Marlins’ season goes this summer—and knowing how relatively thin their farm system continues to be above Anderson—that timetable could prove to come sooner, still.
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