Brett Anderson, Starting Pitcher, Toronto Blue Jays
Date of Birth: 2/1/1988
Birthplace: Midland, Texas
Brett Anderson, starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jay, was first drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006. After spending the 2007 season in the Diamondbacks' minor league system, he was traded in December, 2007, to the Oakland Athletics. He played in the Athletics' minor league system in 2008.
Anderson had his first and only full season in the major leagues in 2009 when he pitched a career high 175.1 innings in 30 games with the Athletics. He finished the season with a 4.06 ERA and career highs in wins with 11 (to 11 losses) and strikeouts with 150 (to 45 walks).
In 2010, Anderson pitched 112.1 innings in 19 games with the Athletics and he finished the season with a 7-6 record and a 2.80 ERA. He spent the rest of the season in the minor leagues. The following year, his season was ended after 13 games by Tommy John surgery. He spent most of the 2012 season rehabbing from his surgery, pitching in just six games with the Athletics.
In 2013, Anderson was a relief pitcher, playing in 16 games with Oakland. He finished with a 1-4 record, 3 saves, and a 6.04 ERA. In December, 2013, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies. He finished the 2014 season with just 43.1 innings pitched in 8 games. He had a 1-3 record with 29 strikeouts to 13 walks and a 2.91 ERA.
Anderson signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in December, 2014. He finished the 2015 season with a 10-9 record, 116 strikeouts to 46 walks, and a 3.69 ERA in a career high 180.1 innings in 31 games. In the postseason, he pitched 3.0 innings in one game and he gave up 7 hits, including a home run, and 6 runs.
Anderson missed most of the 2016 season due to back surgery. He pitched just 11.1 innings in 4 games with the Dodgers.
Anderson became a free agent on November 3, 2016. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Chicago Cubs on January 26, 2017. He was released by the Cubs on July 31, 2017. He signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on August 18th.
Career pitching statistics for Anderson through 2016 include:
- 127 games played
- 685.2 innings pitched
- 38-43 win-loss record
- 3 saves
- 507 strikeouts to 183 walks
- 3.86 ERA