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Top Prospect Alert - Craig Anderson

By Robert Sherry

Craig Anderson: Another nice pitching prospect that you don't hear much about due to being part of a deep and very talented pitching group in the Seattle Mariners organization. The M's already have arms like Freddy Garcia and Gil Meche with others Ryan Anderson hopeful to eventually become big-time contributors, so it's easy to loose track of some others who would get more notice if they were in a different organization.

An Australian native, both Anderson and Chris Snelling were discovered by the Mariners while playing for the Sydner Storm in the Australian Baseball League. Quite a find for one day's work. Anderson began his U.S. career in the Norwest League and posted a 10-2 record with a 3.20 ERA, earning a league all-star spot. Both players joined fellow Mariners prospects Rafael Soriano and Cha Baek as members of Wisconsin in the Midwest League during 2000. While Snelling received most of the notice on
the Timber Rattlers, Anderson was more than solid as he posted an 11-8 record, 3.71 ERA, 157.2 innings pitched, 161 hits allowed, 40 walks, and 131 strikeouts in 26 starts. He also was part of the Olympics as he pitched for Australia. Currently, this 21-year-old, 6-foot-3, 182 pound lefty is pitching in the California League for San  Bernardino ( 0-2, 3.00 ERA, 4 GS 18 IP, 20 H, 1 BB, 19 SO).

Anderson is the opposite of the other Seattle prospect who shares his last name, Ryan Anderson. While Ryan is a power pitcher, Craig Anderson is all about finesse and a control pitcher. While Ryan Anderson was always being compared to former Mariner Randy Johnson, probably the best comparison for Craig Anderson would be that to Jamie Moyer. Anderson's fastball only comes hits in the mid-80s so he will have to continue to prove himself at each level he advances to. It will be interested to see how he does once he starts facing more experienced hitters. he will need to continue to show the great control he possesses in order to win at higher levels.


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