Justin Anderson (Front Royal 2013) is a new name in this series. Did you know that mlb.com thinks he is a top prospect in the Los Angeles Angels’ system? Indeed they do.
Justin was picked in the 14th round of the 2014 draft, and split the ’14 season between Orem in the Pioneer League, and the Arizona League. In 2015, Justin spent all but one game in Burlington, of the Midwest League. He’s been assigned to Inland Empire in the California League in 2016.
This is what mlb.com has to say about the 23-year-old:
Sometimes less is more. Anderson didn’t have a ton of pitching on his resume when he came out of Texas-San Antonio as a 14th-round pick of the Angels in 2014. When he did, he was a major tinkerer, one who liked to throw a plethora of pitches. His willingness to simplify things is a big reason for his breakout season in 2015, one that saw him finish third in the organization in ERA.
Once Anderson started focusing on the pitches he was going to throw — fastball, slider and changeup — he started to take off. The right-hander throws a heavy fastball that sits in the low-90s and he combines it with decent secondary stuff. His changeup took a big step forward in 2015 and has the chance to be average. His slider improved as well and approaches Major League average as well. He throws strikes and is strong and durable.
There’s a chance Anderson ends up in a bullpen, where his stuff could tick upwards. For now, though, he’ll get opportunities to start and see if he can continue to trend upward.
Keep reading these pages, and ATVL will keep you updated on Justin’s progress in 2016!