Anderson Is No. 11 MLB.com Prospect
The biggest question in regards to the local baseball scene this year is where will Shenendehowa right-hander Ian Anderson go?
Will he be drafted in the first round? How about the Top 10? Will he forego his commitment to Vanderbilt in order to enter the professional ranks?
Anderson is listed as the No. 11 prospect according to the MLB.com prospect rankings. Check out his write-up:
The past few Drafts have seen at least one high-ceiling high school pitcher in the Northeast garner a lot of attention. In 2014, Scott Blewett went in the second round. Last year, Mike Nikorak snuck into the back of the first round. This year, it looks like it will be Anderson's turn, though an oblique injury sidelined the right-hander for a spell, making it a little tougher for decision-makers to go see him in what is an already brief Northeast spring season.
The upstate New York native opened a lot of eyes over the summer and with Team USA's 18U squad and came out of the gates well this spring before the oblique issue. Tall and projectable with the ability to add strength, Anderson throws his fastball in the 91-95 mph range with good downhill angle. His breaking ball can be plus at times, getting swings and misses. It has slurve action at this point, but could tighten up and become a true slider in time. Anderson has good feel for an average changeup as well. He's generally around the strike zone and attacks hitters.
Teams might have to contend with Anderson's commitment to Vanderbilt, but when healthy, he was being mentioned as a top half of the first round candidate.