2014 Draft Profile: Brian Anderson

School: Arkansas; Class: Junior

Position: 2B; B/T: R/R

Height: 6-3; Weight: 185 pounds

Previously Drafted: Minnesota Twins, 20th round, 2011

 

Background: Led the Razorbacks in nearly every offensive category as a sophomore (AVG, OBP, SLG, HR, RBI, R, H, 2B, 3B, and total bases), Anderson has maintained status quo during his first 43 games in 2014, hitting .333/.417/.487 with 15 extra-base hits and six stolen bases in eight attempts.

Anderson does, however, benefit from playing half of his games in a hitter-friendly ballpark. According to CollegeSpits.com, his 2013 numbers – .325/.448/.488 – drop to a less impressive .287/.417/.435. And his overall production, as measured by Weighted On Base Average, falls 31 points, though Arkansas’ tough schedule buoyed his numbers somewhat when that was factored in.

 

Projection: The bat plays pretty well in the middle infield, but his size may eventually push him into an outfield role. Anderson’s sort of like a poor man’s Jason Kipnis – the tools aren’t as impressive across the board, but manage to grade out a solid average. Decent plate discipline, though his willingness to take one off the elbow helps the OBP, double-digit power potential, handful of stolen bases, and a .260- to .270-ish average. 

If Anderson can stay at second, which, again, isn’t a certainty, he has an outside shot of being a league average regular down the line – if everything breaks the right way. More likely, though, his ceiling will fall somewhere between Quad-A status and solid big league bench bat.

 

Ceiling: 1.0-win player

Floor: 0.5- to 1.0-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate

Draft Projection: Third or Fourth Round

 



About

After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.