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MLB Draft Scouting Report: Tyler Anderson
Events Scouted: Team USA
Anderson has an extra large, durable frame. It's a big league body with lower half strength and long limbs. He's close to at his maximum but there's still some room to grow. He uses his lower half effectively in his delivery as well.
Mechanically, Anderson is very solid and clean. He repeats exceptionally well and uses his lower half effectively. He jumps towards hitters off his back leg and everything about his windup is very fast. It's a fast paced delivery with a high leg kick, and it makes him tough to pick up. There's some collapse on his back side, but he jumps out of it pretty quick. A pro pitching coach may want to slow his mechanical pace just a little bit.
Anderson is a tick above average velocity wise, with a 55 fastball or a 60 at times on the 20-80 scale. He works at 90-92 mph, cranking it up to 93 at times. He has good, late hop and gets some occasional arm side run. Anderson locates his fastball well and is consistently in the lower quadrants.
Thrown at 82-84 mph, Anderson's slider is a tight, late, sharp one. The break is not a big one, but it looks very much like a fastball out of his hand. This a fringe pitch right now that won't produce a lot of swings and misses at the pro level. I'd like to see him develop a more traditional curveball, something he flashes now and then but uses infrequently.
The changeup is Anderson's bread and butter. He throws it at 80-82 mph and has an outstanding feel for it. He can throw it for strikes in any count and this has the potential to be a swing and miss pitch at the big league level.
Anderson is a very complete, polished product. He has the potential for three average offerings and already has two average offerings. He doesn't have dominant stuff but will throw strikes with quality stuff and advance up the minor league ladder quickly. Anderson could make a solid number three starter at the Major League level.
Draft Projection: Late First Round
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