In 225 1/3 career innings, all compiled before he turned 21 (he does so in January 2009), Anderson has walked a grand total of 48 hitters while striking out 243. That's less than two walks per nine innings while fanning 9.7.
Scouting report: He always had advanced "pitchability" despite being a high school draftee. This year, his fastball increased a few ticks to touch 95 mph while sitting comfortably at 91-93 mph. He commands his secondary pitches well -- all of which are average-to-plus offerings. He can throw his curve, slider and a solid changeup for strikes in any count.
Upside potential: Seen initially as a candidate for the middle to back end of a rotation, Anderson raised his profile -- and expectations -- with his 2008 season. If his stuff continues to improve, with his command he could ultimately front a rotation.
They said it: "Brett Anderson is the son of a coach and it is very apparent after seeing him pitch that he has been taught well. Brett is blessed with uncanny command of all his pitches. He doesn't just throw strikes but pounds the zone with command and absolutely no fear. Combine a stellar arsenal with true command on a mature individual despite his tender age and you have an elite starting pitching prospect." -- Billy Owens, A's director of player personnel
He said it: "I got the same butterflies as I did running in from the bullpen at Yankee Stadium. This ranks right up there with the top baseball experiences I've had. ... But I don't think anything -- unless I pitch in a World Series game -- will top pitching in the bronze medal game." -- Comparing his PCL debut with his other 2008 experiences in the Sacramento Bee