Monday, March 12, 2012

Round 9: Dixon Anderson, RHP, University of California

California Bio                                                                                                                                  MILB

No 2011 Stats

Sean's one sentence analysis: Dixon Anderson reminds me a lot of Garrett Mock, with good stuff but an inexplicable inability to use it properly.

Thoughts from the community:
"Anderson was signed in mid-July, assigned to the GCL week later, then placed on the DL without making any appearances a few days after that. With a modest workload of 70IP over 14 starts for California, injury concerns, and reports of lost velocity, the logical inference is that he's hurt. Unable to find/confirm news of surgery." - Luke Erickson, Nationals Prospects (@nats_prospects)

Previous analysis and notes:
Anderson was drafted in the 6th round by the Orioles in 2010 and turned down a $450k offer to return to Cal for his senior season.. He can reach 95 or so with his fastball, but lacks something. Could be a stud reliever or a complete bust. Roundup: "After the Orioles drafted Anderson in the sixth round last year, he returned to Cal to go 4-3 with a 3.90 ERA."
From John Sickels, Minor League Ball, 6/14/2011: Threw in mid-90s last year and was drafted in the sixth round. Went back to school, threw just 90 this year and lost three rounds. Also has decent curve, cutter, and splitter. Inning-eater type but might get velocity back if he goes to bullpen."
From "MadBum," MLB Bonus Baby, 5/31/2011: "Dixon Anderson was a complete disappointment. He’s got the stuff, with a 2 seam with good movement and a 4 seam that hits 93, and that doesn’t mention his solid off speed offerings. When he was on, he was getting ground balls and using his repertoire effectively. However, that didn’t happen often. He was removed after 2 innings and was just getting roped (against Stanford). It wouldn’t surprise me if Anderson is quickly converted to relief when he’s drafted, because starting isn’t working for him."
From Matt Garrioch, MLB Bonus Baby, 12/19/2010: "Anderson has been a reliever in college but has 3 pitches that could be usable. His fastball is low 90's and he has a nice slider. His changeup isn't good but could become average with more experience. I think signing and being used as a starter would have been good for his development, but returning to Cal for one last run may help him as well. If he improves his command he could go higher in 2011."
From John Sickels, Minor League Ball, 6/14/2010: "Big guy at 6-5, can hit 95 MPH, but secondary stuff is below average and college performance record is inconsistent. Could turn out to be very good, or he could stall out in A-ball."
From Andy Seiler, MLB Bonus Baby, 6/8/2010: "2C1: Was high on Anderson early on, but he hasn't had the greatest season and sophomore-eligible status clouded signability. Glad to see him going here, though, as he has good stuff and #3 starter potential. Thought he'd go in 4th-6th, so nice pick for value." Note-2C1 means Anderson had 4-6 round talent, about MLB league average potential and around a 10% of achieving that.
From Andy Seiler, MLB Bonus Baby, 2/14/2010: "For some reason, I have a strong intuitive feel about Dixon Anderson. To begin, Anderson has a strong, workhorse body that projects to be able to handle a pro workload at the highest levels. His arm action is fairly clean, and there aren’t any big warning signs for future breakdown. He has a plus fastball that sits in the low-90s, and he may have the best chance of any 2010 draft class players to be able to routinely sit anywhere from 92-94 as a pro. He uses both a slider and curve, and both project as average offerings. In bullpen use in the past, he dropped his curve in favor of the slider, but he has fairly good command of both pitches. His changeup is actually a splitter, and it works well." Note-this was written 2 seasons ago, so take it for what it's worth...I posted it because it was the best overall scouting report I could find.

Anderson signed with the Nats on July 14, 2011.

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