Chris Anderson, RHP, Jacksonville University
Class: Junior; Height: 6-4; Weight: 225
After two unimpressive seasons with the Dolphins, Anderson finally took the developmental step forward that the Cubs envisioned when they drafted him in the 35th round in 2010. The big right-hander was used as the team’s primary closer during his freshman year, earning 11 saves while striking out 39 and walking 36 in 50.2 innings of work.
Anderson then transitioned to the rotation during his sophomore campaign. And in 14 starts (plus two relief appearances), his walk rate improved dramatically (6.04 BB/9 to 4.08 BB/9) while he was able to maintain his average-ish K-rate (7.03).
This season, however, his peripherals jumped significantly (8.68 K/9 and 2.32 BB/9), vaulting his name among early round potentials.
Projection: Something to be wary of: this is largely the first time in his career that he’s shown this particular combination of strikeouts and solid control/command. Still, though, Anderson has the ceiling of mid rotation-type, capable of chewing innings and posting an ERA in the upper 3.00s or low er 4.00s.
Ceiling: 2.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Drafted: First Round
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