The San Francisco Giants need a change in their pitching staff and that starts by promoting right-handed pitcher Shaun Anderson from Triple-A. Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group was among those to report on Twitter.
By purchasing his contract to add him onto the 40-man roster, the team has sent southpaw Drew Pomeranz to the disabled list and Derek Holland to the bullpen. To make room in the rotation Dereck Rodriguez was sent to Triple-A.
The 24-year old pitcher was a third-round pick out of the University of Florida back in 2016. He came to the Giants organization as part of the mid-season 2017 deal that shipped Eduardo Nunez to the Red Sox.
So far this season, Anderson carries a 4.11 ERA in 35 innings over seven starts at Triple-A, with 9.5 K/9 against 2.8 BB/9. He is expected to start the club’s contest on Wednesday (5/15).
Furthermore, Anderson is ranked as the Giants fourth-best prospect, according to MLB.com’s pipeline.
In addition, Anderson is their best pitching prospect. His arsenal consists of a fastball, which sits around 91-94 mph and peaks at 96 with impressive sink and angle, which is why he produces many groundouts. His best secondary offering is a late-breaking mid-80s slider than he can turn into a upper-80s cutter when he wants. Interestingly, Anderson also has a sinking, fading changeup that counteracts left-handers and a curveball to give hitters a softer, different look. He hits the strike zone consistently and has great makeup.
Hopefully, Anderson can become a solid number three for the Giants down the road.