Tyler Anderson, a southpaw from Oregon, has had a fantastic 2011 season, vaulting his name into the rare first-round air.
A solidly built lefty (6’4″, 215 pounds), Anderson has put together a fine campaign, winning seven of his 13 starts while racking up 103 strikeouts in 95.2 innings.
He’s thrown one complete-game shutout and has held batters to a .192 average. He’s been incredibly stingy with the long-ball, surrendering only two all season, and has only issued 30 walks.
In terms of stuff, Anderson ranks near the middle of the top college pitchers available. He doesn’t have over-powering velocity (88-92 mph), but he has one of the draft’s best changeups and is a very polished thrower.
He throws strikes, which is something that is key in making the adjustment to pro ball, and has no qualms about throwing any of his pitches, including a developing slider, in any count.