June 25, 2021

Season review: Did Shaun Anderson separate himself from the pack? (McCovey Chronicles)


Stat line

28 games, 96 IP, 16 starts, 2 saves, 5.44 ERA, 4.77 FIP, 6.6 K/9, 3.6 BB/9, 0.6 fWAR

Anderson’s career path has always been a bit conflicted. He was a starter in college at the University of Florida but became a closer out of necessity as that rotation was soon anchored by A.J. Puk and Logan Shore. Brady Singer was also on that 2016 team.

The Red Sox wanted to get him back to being a starter and when the Giants acquired him in the Eduardo Nunez deal back in 2017, it looked like the team still had some internal debate about his best path to the majors, with Brian Sabean perhaps being one of those people who felt he would make it to the big leagues faster if he started in the bullpen.

But Anderson didn’t wind up making his debut until the first year of the Farhan Era, and he began this past season in the rotation, debuting after Derek Holland and Dereck Rodriguez both thoroughly played themselves out of a rotation spot. He was, you know, pretty okay for a while there, but what hurt him is what hurt him in organizational evaluations: he had stuff, but it never quite played as a starter.

Doug interviewed him back in May before he got his call-up and even he knew…

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