Shen grad Ian Anderson made his first start for the Danville Braves (Rookie League A-Ball) yesterday, tossing 3.2 innings and allowing one earned run on two hits. He also had two walks and two strikeouts on the evening.

I spoke with Kyle Glaser of Baseball America, who was in attendance, after the game:

"I liked him a lot, he said. Going to need to improve strength and endurance, probably needs to add about 20-30 pounds, because right now his stuff drops off considerably around 50-60 pitches. At the same time, I loved his velocity, loved his changeup, curveball needs work but has promise. I can see why he's so highly touted, and I came away very impressed. To be where he's at as an 18-year-old, two months removed from his last high school start, it is very impressive to have three pro-caliber pitches, poise and good mechanics. Very, very bright future as long as he listens to the team nutritionists, strength coaches and adds the muscle he needs to improve his durability."